Elbit Systems of America, LLC, an innovative leader in defense, commercial aviation, homeland security and medical instrumentation solutions, announces its continued commitment in developing tomorrow's innovative leaders by supporting STEM education.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the education of these disciplines. According to the United States Department of Education, only 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and are interested in a STEM career.
"I believe it is important that our nation maintains a lead in mathematics and science," commented Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America President and Chief Executive Officer. "As a manufacture of integrated system solutions we see the importance of this education on a daily basis and are committed to supporting our youth and young adults through internship training, scholarships, and mentoring."
Elbit Systems of America, in conjunction with the Army Scholarship Foundation, established a scholarship to assist children of current and former members of the United States Army and to spouses of currently serving soldiers in their pursuit of higher education within STEM disciplines. This scholarship was created in the honor of SFC Neal Benson, an employee of Elbit Systems of America. An eight-year employee and former engineer, Benson is also a member of the Army National Guard, 20th Special Forces Group. During Benson's second tour in Afghanistan, he was injured by an Improved Explosive Device. The explosion left SFC Benson with serious head, eye and facial trauma.
"It is honor to be the namesake of this scholarship. When someone joins the Army to serve our nation, it's not just the soldier who makes sacrifices, their entire family does," stated Benson. "This scholarship provides the opportunity for military families to continue their education in a field that will further serve our country."
Source: Elbit Systems Ltd.
Date: Aug 9, 2015