Sony returns to NMSU to supply second round of scholarships

Otober 29, 2010 by Leah Messina, NMSU News Center

Sony Electronics with support from Intel Corporation will return to New Mexico State University this fall to dole out the second round of scholarships for students and faculty as part of the Sony Education Scholarship Program Awards. An awards ceremony will be held from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the NMSU Golf Course Clubhouse located at 3000 Herb Wimberly Drive where five students and two faculty members will be honored.

The student recipients will receive award packages valued at $1,200, which includes a Sony VAIO EA notebook computer, Bloggie Touch 8GB MP4 camera and Walkman S Series 16GB MP3 player and Walkman cradle with WM-PORT. Two junior faculty members will receive packages valued at $2,300, which includes a Sony VAIO EA notebook computer, 22” BRAVIA Display, HDMI Cable, Handycam HD video camcorder with 16GB memory stick, PRO-HG Duo Media Reader Touch Edition and Walkman X Series 32GB MP3 player with Walkman cradle with WM-PORT. A Sony representative will be on hand to present the awards.

Inclusion in the awards is very selective. NMSU is one of only 31 universities and community colleges across the country that was invited to participate in the five-year program meant to support deserving students who require technology for their education and provide faculty with tools to enhance their teaching and research.

“We are grateful for the continued support of this scholarship program by Sony with support from Intel,” said Shaun Cooper, NMSU’s chief information officer. “Without it, we would not be able to enhance the lives of our students and faculty in this way. We are very proud to be associated with such an innovative company as Sony.”

Cooper has been instrumental in coordinating the university’s participation in the Sony scholarship program. As the head of the Sony Grant Scholarship Committee, he ensures that awards go to especially deserving students and faculty.

To be eligible to win, the students and faculty must be nominated and meet certain criteria. Students must be a first generation college student with sophomore standing and a Crimson Scholar, which requires a minimum of a 3.5 GPA. They must also demonstrate financial need and involvement in scholarly activities. Faculty must be full-time, tenure-track and work in science, technology or media.

For more information about the Sony Education Scholarship Program Awards, contact Cooper at 575-646-2026.

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