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NASA Rewards High-flying Hartnell Engineering Student

November 19th, 2007

Ricardo Fernandez, a Hartnell engineering student, was awarded a scholarship from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) Project. The MUST scholarship provides up to $10,000 to cover tuition and places honorees in a paid internship at a NASA research center.

Ricardo is on the President’s Honor Roll at Hartnell College. He attended Monterey High School, and intends to transfer to a UC campus or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study engineering in fall 2008.

NASA’s MUST Project is a joint partnership involving the Hispanic College Fund, the United Negro College Fund Special Programs, and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Each year, the MUST Project supports approximately 100 high achieving undergraduate students studying science, technology, math, or engineering with a one-year competitive scholarship of up to one-half of tuition, not to exceed $10,000. Students, who must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average, also become eligible for a paid internship at a NASA center or other research facility.