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Washington, DC - The Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, Inc., is delighted to announce Erin M. Kirchmeier and Samantha B. Rawlins as the recipients of WIA Foundation Scholarships. Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship to be applied to the 2013-2014 academic year.


Erin Kirchmeier Headshot
Erin Kirchmeier, Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T)

Erin is studying Aerospace Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T). The Foundation was impressed by her work with the Missouri S&T satellite team, achievement awards in academics, sports and community service, research in microsatellites and demonstrations given to high school girls. It is clear she has worked to develop aerospace capabilities and encourage high school students to pursue engineering degrees.  

Samantha Rawlins
Samantha Rawlins, California State University, Los Angeles



Samantha is studying Mechanical Engineering at California State University, LosAngeles. Her outstanding achievements include award-winning work, successful internships and academic honors at California State University, Los Angeles. Also, her volunteer activities with children, promoting learning at the earliest age, demonstrate commitment to developing new professionals in aerospace.


WIA received applications from an outstanding pool of candidates this year and would like to recognize an additional student, Abby Dickes, with an award of Honorable Mention. This nonmonetary award recognizes Abby's achievements at the University of Maryland where she is studying government and politics with a minor in astronomy. Her academic excellence and internships in this blend of government, politics and astronomy reflect her interest in multiple aspects of an aerospace career.


WIA Foundation President, Cindy Malawy stated, "It is clear these award recipients have a strong desire to make an impact on this world and understand that they can make a difference."  


The WIA Foundation scholarships are funded by generous donations of individuals and corporations around the aerospace community. The WIA Foundation Board, WIA Board, and others in the aerospace community continue to contribute ongoing financial support. This investment is creating an Endowment fund to support the success of the Foundation's programs and ensure the scholarship program continues in perpetuity.


"WIA Foundation thanks its many supporters who make the scholarship program possible. We encourage support by all who believe in developing future leaders in aerospace," Cindy said on behalf of the WIA Foundation Board of Directors. 


The scholarships and recognition will be presented at the 28th Annual WIA Awards Banquet on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This event draws over 300 people to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of women throughout the aerospace community. For more information and specifics about the 2013-2014 scholarship, contact



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