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Canon Virginia and Christopher Newport Announce New $300,000 Scholarship Program

New partnership creates scholarships and internships for outstanding electrical engineers, computer engineers and computer scientists.

  Monday, April 9, 2018
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With an aligned passion to create a new generation of both engineers and leaders, Canon Virginia, Inc. and Christopher Newport University signed a new agreement last fall to create the Canon Virginia, Inc. Leadership Scholarship.

The new scholarship, made possible through a $300,000 gift from Canon Virginia, Inc., will provide annual financial support for outstanding electrical engineers, computer engineers and computer scientists who will participate in the President’s Leadership Program. Students will also have the opportunity to intern with Canon during the summer following their junior year.

“I am delighted to continue Canon's strong support of CNU through this new scholarship program for electrical engineering and related STEM disciplines. Canon Virginia looks forward to working with CNU and its students to be a partner in education providing internships, mentorships and career opportunities,” says Toru Nishizawa, president and CEO of Canon Virginia, Inc.

“The remarkable transformation of Christopher Newport has been in large measure due to the extraordinary scholarship support from Canon,” says President Paul Trible. “It is a natural fit for Canon Virginia and Christopher Newport to partner to both grow the local workforce and enrich the academic experience of our students.”

“Over 30 percent of Christopher Newport students graduate in the STEM disciplines, which include our rigorous academic programs in physics, computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering,” says Dr. Nicole Guajardo, dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. “This scholarship will help us continue to recruit some of the strongest and most motivated students into our engineering and computer science programs.”

“It is a real honor to be recognized by Canon Virginia for the work I do at Christopher Newport and I am truly thankful,” says Hope Webb, a Canon Scholar. “It is such a great opportunity to be a Captain and I look forward to working with Canon as I move toward my future in engineering.” Webb expects to graduate in 2020 with a major in electrical engineering with minors in mathematics and leadership studies.

This academic year, three freshmen and three sophomores were awarded inaugural $5,000 scholarships. These students will continue to receive the scholarship each year until they graduate along with the opportunity to intern at Canon Virginia, Inc. during the summer of their junior year. Each year, three incoming freshmen will be offered the same opportunity.


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