CANBERRA, Australia – April 20, 2018 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), ViaSat, Inc. and Optus are pleased to award two AU$31,500 scholarships to rural Australian students to study at The Australian National University's Burgmann College.

Northrop Grumman ViaSat Inc. and Optus Award Scholarships to Australian STEM Students
From left to right: Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia; Brianna Woodhead, 2017 scholarship recipient; Aiden Matson, 2018 scholarship recipient; Eliza Cowley, 2018 scholarship recipient; Rowan Hartcher, group leader, Optus; and Sally Renouf, principal, Burgmann College.

At a morning tea at Burgmann College Chapel, Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia, awarded scholarships to Eliza Cowley, Goondiwindi QLD, and Aiden Matson, Albany WA. Each student will receive AU$10,500 per year for three years to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at The Australian National University and assist with accommodation expenses.  

 “I’m very proud to present Eliza and Aiden with the Northrop Grumman, ViaSat and Optus, Country Scholarship for Burgmann College. Northrop Grumman believes that investing in higher education is investing in a more knowledgeable and capable future workforce for Australia. We are thrilled to continue this valuable program, and look forward to supporting the next generation of STEM professionals,” said Irving.

“Supporting students who are under-represented in STEM disciplines, particularly young women from regional and rural areas, is an important step towards improving diversity and ultimately benefiting society as a whole – and it’s what makes this scholarship so important,” said Professor Mike Calford, provost at The Australian National University. “Scholarships such as this are integral to ensuring the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers have every opportunity to reach their potential.”

Cowley is pursuing a bachelor of health science degree at The Australian National University. Her family owns a farm in Goondiwindi, where they grow wheat, barley and chick peas as well as raise sheep. She ranked first in her high school cohort in biology, and hopes to obtain a degree in medicine at The Australian National University.

Matson is seeking a bachelor of engineering degree (honours) at The Australian National University. For as long as he can remember, Matson has been a ‘tinkerer’ and enjoyed woodworking in his father’s workshop as a child. In addition to focusing on his studies, he looks forward to collaborating with peers and networking with the industry leaders of the future.

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