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Grumman scholarship goes to engineering student

June 01, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT

marlob@herald-mail.com

Though just 18 years old, Ben Jordan said when he looks about 10 years into the future, he sees himself as an engineer.

Jordan, a Williamsport High School senior, isn't just wishing or hoping for that future. On May 20, he accepted a $10,000 scholarship from Northrop Grumman Corp. in a ceremony at the Historical Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Md.

"I heard about the scholarship last year from my calculus teacher, Larry Wadel," Jordan said. "I've always been interested in math and science. They came easily to me, so I pursued them."

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During his association with Wadel, Jordan said, he was introduced to surveying work, which he really enjoyed.

With a goal of entering the field of mechanical engineering at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., Jordan looked into the Northrup Grumman scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student from each of Maryland's 22 counties and Baltimore City by Northrop Grumman, whose electronics systems sector has its headquarters in Baltimore.

He learned about the scholarship requirements and how to apply through the guidance department at Williamsport High.

To be eligible, Jordan had to have a minimum SAT score of 1,100 and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in grades nine through 12.

As valedictorian of the class of 2004, Jordan met those standards with ease. He will graduate June 10.

He picked Messiah College because of its strong engineering department and its small campus. In addition, his sister, Jennifer, graduated this year from Messiah with a degree in elementary education.

Jordan is the son of Michael and Kathy Jordan of Williamsport.

At the scholarship ceremony, Jordan and his parents were seated at a table with several Northrop Grumman representatives, he said.

"They told me that, after completing my sophomore year, they hire for summer internships," Jordan said.

While Jordan is excited about his studies and his academic future, he hasn't spent all his time with his books.

He was The Herald-Mail's Area Player of the Year and an All-State selection in soccer, a second-team All-County honoree in basketball and has been the leading hitter on the Wildcats' baseball team the last two seasons.

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