70 Children of Orbital ATK Employees Will Receive a Collective
$135,000 for Undergraduate Education for the 2015-2016 Academic Year
More than $1.6 Million Awarded to Over 1,460 Students in the Last 25
DULLES, Va.Jul. 8, 2015--
Orbital ATK, Inc. (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced the recipients of the company s Orbital
ATK Scholarship Program that provides scholarships to support the
undergraduate education of Orbital ATK employees children.
This year, Orbital ATK awarded a total of $135,000 in scholarships for
the 2015-2016 academic year to 70 students who are children of company
employees. Parents of scholarship recipients work at 19 different
company locations across 11 states and represent all three Orbital ATK
operating groups and the corporate office.
With this year s awards, Orbital ATK and its legacy companies have
provided more than $1.6 million in college scholarships, grants and
other awards to over 1,460 students in the last 25 years.
On behalf of Orbital ATK, I congratulate the recipients of these highly
competitive company scholarships and their parents, said President and
Chief Executive Officer David W. Thompson. These young men and women
worked hard to achieve the academic records and other accomplishments
that enabled them to receive these awards. The company is proud to play
a small part in supporting the post-secondary education of these
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.
Mark Ferguson, a manager at Orbital ATK s Dulles, Virginia campus,
appreciates the investment the company is making in his daughter s
My daughter is about to start her freshman year in pursuit of a STEM
career, Ferguson said. Learning is one of the best investments in the
future anyone can make and I am proud to work for a company that
recognizes the importance of supporting employees and their children s
More than two-thirds of this year s scholarships will be awarded to
students enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics) majors. This STEM emphasis underscores the company s
commitment to the value of a STEM education. As a global leader in
aerospace and defense technologies, more than one-third of Orbital ATK s
employees are engineers and scientists, jobs requiring core STEM skills.
Merrell Johnson, an analyst at Orbital ATK s Promontory, Utah facility,
has two children who are scholarship recipients this year.
With two children in college, I am grateful for the support from
Orbital ATK, Johnson said. My son is a civil engineering major and my
daughter is majoring in social work. While it is important for our
company to place an emphasis on STEM fields, it is also great to see
this support extended to those who are pursuing careers beyond STEM.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs more than 12,000 people in 20 states across the U.S. and in
several international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK, Inc.
Barron Beneski, 703-406-5528
Public and Investor