The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is offering its members the opportunity of a lifetime.
All SHPE students and professional members are encouraged to enter the first United States Army Essay Competition for a chance to skydive with a team of the Army's elite Golden Knights.
Founded in 1959, the Golden Knights compete nationally and internationally at various skydiving competitions, continuously bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals, according to a press release.
The winner, one SHPE student and one SHPE professional member, will be chosen based on his or her essay on the topic, “Service to the Country as an Engineer.”
SHPE students pursuing a science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree and attending accredited U.S. universities or community colleges are encouraged to participate. To qualify, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be 18 years old or older. SHPE professional members must be a part of a SHPE professional chapter.
The essay submission deadline is Sept. 10. Ten finalists -- five student and five professionals -- will be interviewed on site during the 2009 SHPE Conference on Oct. 29, in Washington, D.C. The two winners will be announced at the conference’s Gala Banquet, Oct. 31.
“We encourage both students and professionals to apply for this true ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to skydive with the highly-respected and talented Golden Knights,” Rafaela Schwan, Executive Director of AHETEMS, said in a release. “We extend a special thanks to the Army for their generosity as we continue to strive to provide engaging opportunities for those pursuing or now working in STEM fields.”
For more information regarding the contest and application, students and professionals may visit www.ahetems.org.