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Drake State and Aerojet Rocketdyne Partner for New Scholarship Opportunity


Aerojet Rocketdyne, through funding provided by the GenCorp Foundation and in partnership with the J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College Foundation, has established the Aerojet Rocketdyne Scholarship.  The first scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2013 semester.  Applications are open to recent high school graduates or first semester students who enroll at Drake State in a program leading to a career in the advanced manufacturing industry. 

Carlton Brewer, Aerojet’s Huntsville Site Executive, noted that the primary impetus behind the partnership with Drake State is to promote regional workforce development. “We want to strengthen our ties with the community not just by supporting the overall aspects of propulsion systems design in the region, but by helping develop the individual technicians the aerospace and defense manufacturing sector needs to deliver our systems.” Mr. Brewer, who is responsible for representing Aerojet Rocketdyne in the region as well as leading the company’s business development activities in the area, added that it is critical to focus on the ongoing development of the area’s workforce for the greater benefit not just of his company, but for everyone involved in aerospace and defense manufacturing in the Tennessee Valley.  

Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armaments areas in support of domestic and international markets. Aerojet Rocketdyne’s parent company, GenCorp, is a leading technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems with a real estate segment that includes activities related to the entitlement, sale, and leasing of the company's excess real estate assets.  

The GenCorp Foundation is the philanthropic arm of GenCorp and supports the communities where the company has a business presence. With a grant making focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) education, the GenCorp Foundation has contributed more than $10 million since 2000. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne and GenCorp can be obtained by visiting the companies’ websites at and

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