Lakes Region Community College Students Awarded NASA Space Grant Scholarship

NASA Stem Grant Scholarship

Three students from Lakes Region Community College have been awarded prestigous scholarships from the NASA Space Grant Scholarship Consortium. Shawn Kenny (Center Conway, NH), Beau Knop (Eastham, MA), and Dustin Punches (Laconia, NH) each received a $1,500 NASA Space Grant Scholarship, awarded to students pursuing careers in STEM fields (Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology). 


Shawn Kenny graduated from Kennett High School in North Conway.  He is pursuing a dual major in Advanced Manufacturing and Electro-Mechanical Technologies, and plans to move on to a four-year university after graduating from Lakes Region Community College.


Beau Knop graduated from Nauset Regional High School in Eastham, Massachusetts, and is dual majoring in the Electrical Power and Control Technologies program, as well as the Electro-Mechanical Technology program.  His career goal is to become a facilities manager for an industrial facility, or obtain a management position in an electrical company.


Dustin Punches is a dual major in Advanced Manufacturing and Electro-Mechanical Technology, and came to Lakes Region Community College after pursuing several different career and education options.  “After I moved to New Hampshire I saw how machining was compatible with my interests in manufacturing and metalworking”, said Punches.  Punches, who is currently working as a machinist in the field, plans to continue to work in the field, and is considering eventually teaching Advanced Manufacturing to others looking to pursue that career.


The NASA Space Grant Scholarship, a highly competitive program, is part of the NH Space Grant Consortium, a federal grant program funded by NASA through the University of New Hampshire.  Funding from the program is used to provide scholarships to students enrolled in associate degree or certificate STEM programs, such as Aviation Technology, Architectural Engineering, Energy Services Technology, Electronics Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Math or Science Teacher Education, and many more.  According to Christine Barton, Grants and Donated Funds Administrator for the Community College System of New Hampshire, “In all we received 26 applications and only had enough funding for 11.  I was able to award all the LRCC students who applied.”


Lakes Region Community College offers more than 40 educational programs, as well as workforce training for business and industry.  They have established business partnerships throughout the community, allowing students to work towards their chosen degree, while also having the opportunity to obtain industry experience through established partnerships.  Additionally, LRCC provides housing options for students, and has transfer agreements with many four-year colleges throughout the region, allowing students to begin their education at an affordable community college, with many transfer options to four-year schools.  Lakes Region Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire.  For more information, visit www.lrcc.edu.




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