Students in Fort Wayne will have the opportunity to take part in a nationwide scholarship and internship program. BAE Systems Inc., which has a major presence in the Allen County city, has launched the FIRST Robotics Scholarship and Internship Program, which will award a total of $40,000 in scholarships to eight students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a technology or engineering field. The recipients will also receive a paid summer internship at BAE Systems.

“BAE Systems continues to help inspire the next generation of our nation’s scientists, engineers, technicians and mathematicians with its support of FIRST,” said Donald E. Bossi, president of FIRST in a news letter. “This scholarship program only builds on that support, as it will open doors for young people to develop the skills they need to be innovators, leaders, and creative problem solvers to make the world a better place.”

The scholarships are awarded each year in May to applicants that have been on a FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge team sponsored by the company’s Electronic Systems sector within the past two years.

 The participants are selected in geographical areas where BAE Systems has a significant presence. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, California, New Jersey, Virginia and Texas join Fort Wayne on that list.

Scholarships are administered by Scholarship America. To learn more or apply, click here.