Three Student Veterans Receive Lockheed Martin Scholarships

The Veterans Resource Center is proud to acknowledge the great academic efforts of three student veterans in the College of Engineering: George Villanueva, Benjamin Stewart, and Shawn Tarr. Each was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for the fall 2013 semester by the local office of Lockheed Martin. Students were selected based academic merit, financial need and a written essay. The VRC would also like to publically acknowledge the great support that Lockheed Martin continues to provide to the student veterans here at UK.

George Villanueva, his wife and daughterGeorge Villanueva
George Villanueva spent 11 years in the U.S. Navy working on avionic systems for rotary aircraft. Originally from San Jose, CA, George will be graduating from UK's Electrical Engineering program in May 2014. He has already been accepted back into the Navy and will be an Engineering Officer within the Civil Engineering Corp.

"Receiving the Lockheed Martin scholarship means a great deal to me and my family. The extra financial support will help alleviate some of the financial burden that separating from the military and pursuing my degree has brought."

Benjamin StewartBenjamin Stewart
Benjamin Stewart is another U.S. Navy veteran who served five years as an aviation structural mechanic for the P3 Orion aircraft. He is currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering here at UK and is also interning at Belcan Engineering in Lexington. While Ben would love to continue working in the aviation field, his dream job would be as an engineer for LEGO.

"This scholarship means a lot to me and my family especially during this time of year. Daycare for the little one while my wife and I are at work and school really adds up over time and this extra money helps reduce the stress on us. So for that we say thank you!"

Shawn TarrShawn Tarr
Shawn Tarr is a 15 year veteran of the Kentucky Army National Guard and has been a Pharmacy Technician for over 20 years. Shawn left full-time employment to pursue his goal of obtaining a degree in Chemical Engineering from UK. Shawn wants to use his degree in the oil and gas industry to help America become energy independent by creating better natural gas extraction techniques that could lead to a safer and more productive industry.

"I would like to thank Lockheed Martin for this generous scholarship. I am honored to receive this from such a prestigious company who knows the sacrifices that our veterans have made for American liberty and for the American way of life; again thank you Lockheed Martin. I plan on using this money to help pay for my textbooks for next semester and also to help pay against my student loans."

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