Raytheon CEO Visits Tuskegee to Promote Engineering and Computer Science; Introduces First Raytheon Scholars


"Supporting math and science education is one of our top priorities at Raytheon and an important priority for our country.”

­­ – William H. Swanson,
Chairman and CEO
Raytheon Company

TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY, AL – (January 12, 2004) – Raytheon Company’s CEO and Chairman William H. Swanson visited Tuskegee University today to acknowledge and introduce the first class of students from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences and College of Business and Information Science to be selected for the Raytheon Scholars Program.

"We are grateful to Raytheon for the development of the Raytheon Scholars program, which is a major investment in the future growth and development of our students and faculty," said Tuskegee University’s President, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton. "This scholars program will provide support for academically talented students and is yet another example of Raytheon’s ongoing support for engineering and the information sciences."

The Raytheon Scholars Program is funded by an $850,000 commitment from Raytheon to provide scholarships for highly talented undergraduate students majoring in engineering and computer science. These students will be assigned important research and development projects, enabling them to apply their knowledge to technical challenges and preparing them for future careers in their fields.

"Supporting math and science education is one of our top priorities at Raytheon and an important priority for our country," said Swanson. "Tuskegee University has excellent programs available for its students, and we want to be a part of helping them succeed."

By assisting with Tuskegee's work to attract talented students and encouraging math and science education, the Raytheon Scholars Program builds a stronger, more diverse engineering talent pool and supports Raytheon’s efforts to create an inclusive work force. In planning for the technological and scientific needs of the future, Raytheon is committed to promoting math and science education through its contribution programs.

The inaugural class of Raytheon Scholars at Tuskegee University are:

Kenneth Carline, Computer Science, Lancaster, Calif.
Terrence Carroll, Computer Science, Daphne, Ala.
Gerald Carter, Electrical Engineering, Atlanta, Ga.
Ramell Chambers, Computer Science, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lawrence Cooper, Computer Science, West Point, Miss.
Tiffany Garrett, Computer Science, Talladega, Ala.
Charles Harris, Electrical Engineering, Memphis, Tenn.
Maia Lake, Electrical Engineering, Birmingham, Ala.
Santoine Leer, Computer Science, Conyers, Ga.
Glenn Person, Computer Science, Columbus, Ga.
Sharnita Scarlett, Computer Science, Chicago, Ill.
Dewayne Walker, Computer Science, Mobile, Ala.
Andrew Williams, Aerospace Engineering, Pleasant Grove, Ala.
Orlando Williams, Mechanical Engineering, Montgomery, Ala.
"I feel confident that Raytheon will continue to provide support for scholarships, endowments and student experiences in the years to come," said Payton. "We are grateful for their generosity."

Tuskegee University's $60 million Legacy Campaign is still under way, ending in December 2005. Funding is also being raised for a new, state-of-the-art College of Business and Information Science facility.

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs more than 78,000 people worldwide.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to confer baccalaureate, master’s, professional and Ph.D. degrees, Tuskegee University has more than 3,000 students and offers more than 50 areas of study and 14 graduate programs. National and specialized accreditation and approvals are enjoyed by the University’s programs of study.

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