This year, Orbital ATK awarded $135,000 in scholarships to 70 students pursuing undergraduate education through the Orbital ATK Scholarship Program. Recipients were selected from an academically talented pool of applicants from around the country who are children of company employees.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship recipients and their parents,” said President and Chief Executive Officer David W. Thompson. “These students clearly worked hard to achieve the exceptional academic records and other accomplishments that enabled them to receive these highly competitive scholarships. Orbital ATK is proud to provide this well-deserved financial support and we wish each of the recipients all the best as they pursue their undergraduate educations.”

Parents of scholarship recipients work at 25 company locations in 11 states and represent all three Orbital ATK operating groups and the corporate office. Students received scholarships ranging from $1,000 or $2,500 over a one-year period to $6,000 over a two-year period. With this year’s awards, Orbital ATK and its legacy companies awarded more than $1.8 million in college scholarships, grants and other awards to a total 1,531 students over 26 years.

Wesley Gardner, a manager of business development at Orbital ATK’s Chandler, Arizona campus, is grateful for the company’s support and recognition of his son’s accomplishments. Dallin Gardner will be attending Mesa Community College in the fall with a major in Science and Physical Therapy.

“My son has worked very hard in his educational goals,” Gardner said. “This tremendous benefit will provide much needed assistance to my son as he continues his education in pursuit of a career in science. I am proud to work for a company that recognizes the importance of education and provides support to employees and their children.”

Erin Searle, daughter of Kevin Searle, contracts administrator at Orbital ATK’s Promontory, Utah, facility, was another recipient of the scholarship. She will be attending Utah State University with a major in English.

“We are very excited about my daughter’s scholarship,” said Kevin. “It is great to work for a company that cares about education and supports its employees and their families in this way.”

STEM Education Takes Center Stage

Nearly 76 percentof this year’s scholarships will be awarded to students with STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) majors, an amount greatly exceeding the program’s stipulation that a 25 percent minimum of scholarships be awarded to STEM majors. The program’s STEM emphasis underscores Orbital ATK’s focus on STEM education as the driver of innovation and technology. As a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, more than one-third of Orbital ATK’s employees are engineers and scientists, jobs requiring STEM talents.

Objective, Independent Recipient Selection

Recipients were selected by Scholarship Management Services, the nation’s largest manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Selection criteria included the student’s grade point average, and if a high school senior, rank-in-class and test scores, leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of education and career goals, unusual family or personal circumstances and an appraisal by someone unrelated to the student. Awards were granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.