Three students from Saint Joseph's College have received scholarship awards from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC). Senior Biology major Adrienne DiRuzza of Alexandria, Ind., sophomore Biology major Dustin Helmer of Rockford, Ill., and junior Computer Science major Steve Quella of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., were among 24 students from INSGC affiliate colleges and universities to receive the scholarship. SJC, an affiliate of the INSGC, had the second highest number of scholarship recipients out of 12 schools.
To qualify for an INSGC scholarship, students must major in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline or STEM education (or a first-year program leading into a STEM discipline). Students may continue to apply for, and be supported by, an INSGC scholarship for up to four years as long as they continue in a STEM-related major.
The INSGC is a source of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-related information, awards, and programs for the State of Indiana. It awards scholarships to students at its affiliate institutions and is one of 52 consortia that are part of the National Space College and Fellowship Program, initiated by NASA in 1989. Each consortium includes colleges, universities, businesses, and other private and public-sector institutions working to further aerospace education and career training.
Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 34 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.
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