Press Release

13 Talented San Diego Region High School Graduates Receive College Scholarships from San Diego Air & Space Museum & Convair Alumni Association

San Diego, CA - June 13, 2013 - The San Diego Air & Space Museum's mission statement is to inspire young people to tackle the challenges of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics academic disciplines and to make-a-difference in the world through an innovative, adventurous spirit. To further this goal, the Museum & Convair Alumni Association have selected 13 students in the San Diego region to receive scholarships. The scholarships are given annually on behalf of three Museum-administered scholarship funds: Bill Gibbs, R.A. "Ken" Rearwin and the Convair Alumni Association. To-date, 245 talented San Diego students have been awarded $672,000.

“I'm very proud there are many students studying math and science," said Donna Lilly, president of the Endowment Board at the Museum. "The U.S. really needs to keep up with the global market for math and science in the field of technology." "Every year we interview so many outstanding students," said Charles Pinney, member of the Endowment Board. "Their accomplishments are unbelievable."

Museum President Jim Kidrick commented, "These scholarship programs exemplify our intent to aid deserving students wanting to advance their education - our entire mission is really all about inspiring our next greatest generations to excel in their lives."

Bill Gibbs Endowment Scholars 2013: Jordan Skaar, High School: Mt. Carmel High School; Field of Study: Aerospace Engineer Matt Barnett, High School: The Winston School; Field of Study: Aerospace Engineer Michael Cox, High School: Coronado High School; Field of Study: Astrophysics Elliott Greb, High School: Valley Center High School; Field of Study: Mechanical Engineer

R.A. Rearwin Endowment Scholars 2013: Adin Herzog, High School: La Jolla Country Day School; Field of Study: Aeronautical Science Matt Freese, High School: Mission Hills High School, San Marcos Unified; Field of Study: Aeronautical Engineer Hannah Elliott, High School: Julian High School; Field of Study: Aeronautical Science

Convair Alumni Association Endowment Scholars 2013: Tessa Adler, High School: Point Loma High School; Field of Study: Chemical Engineer Anya Egense, High School: Rancho Bernardo High School; Field of Study: Music and Neuroscience Caroline Boldt, High School: The Bishop’s School; Field of Study: College of Arts and Sciences Dana Christensen, High School: Clairemont High School; Field of Study: Social Sciences Alexis Isaac, High School: San Diego High School; Field of Study: Human Biology and Pre-Medicine Weston Braun, High School: San Dieguito Academy; Field of Study: Electrical Engineer

Each of the scholars submitted an extensive application listing academic achievement, extracurricular and/or community service activities, teacher recommendations, and an essay. They then were interviewed by a panel of judges to determine the final winners.

For more information please call (619) 234-8291 or visit

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California's official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Association of Museums. Now on display, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, a special exhibition that examines the weird and wacky world of Robert Ripley—this is the first time a Ripley’s exhibition has been to San Diego since 1935. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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