NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion University announced a new partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding to provide scholarships to students for decades to come.

Starting this fall, between 10 to 20 students will receive scholarships of up to $5,000 a semester from the program, which is a way for ODU to promote digital shipbuilding.

More than 1,400 of the 23,000 employees at Newport News Shipyard are ODU alumni.   

Juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in programs related to engineering analytics, information technology or computer sciences will be eligible for the scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded based on grade-point averages and faculty recommendations, with preference given to students who profess an interest in working in Hampton Roads.

The agreement includes a mentoring program for the students who receive a scholarship. 

“We are grateful to Newport News Shipbuilding and Huntington Ingalls for their decision to fund this scholars program,” Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick said. “Old Dominion is committed to playing a key role in helping fill the jobs of the future in Hampton Roads.”

Scholarships will be funded by a yearly donation from Newport News Shipbuilding for the next five years. Beginning in 2024, an endowed fund from Huntington Ingalls Industries will continue the scholarships in perpetuity. 

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