Force 3 Announces College Scholarship Recipients

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Crofton-based Technology Integrator Awards Three Anne Arundel County High School Students for the 2012-2013 School Year

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Jim Bird, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Force 3, and Lucille Robinson, talent operations generalist, with this year's scholarship winners.

Erika, Chakiera and Alexis all have great potential to make big contributions in the technology and engineering sectors

Force 3, delivering the best in federal security, unified communications, networks, data center, and medical imaging solutions, today announced that it has awarded three $4,000 college scholarships to local Anne Arundel County High School students for the 2012-2013 school year. Erika Heffernan from Calvary Baptist Church Academy, Chakiera Shields from North County High School, and Alexis Jeter of Severna Park High School were all awarded the scholarship based on their academic achievements, community service and educational goals.

The scholarship, which was created to help those who need it most and are the most deserving, is only offered to students from Anne Arundel County High Schools who plan to attend an accredited college to pursue a technical degree. To apply, students were required to write an essay describing their educational and career goals and how they planned to meet these, as well as their participation in community service.

“Erika, Chakiera and Alexis all have great potential to make big contributions in the technology and engineering sectors,” said Vice Chairman and co-founder, Jim Bird. “We’re excited to help them further their educations and we look forward to seeing them succeed in their professional careers.”

Heffernan will be attending UMBC where she hopes to study in the field of engineering and computer science. During high school, Heffernan played varsity soccer, basketball, and volleyball, and also tutored in algebra, accounting, and geometry.

Shields will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she will major in Computer Science. While attending high school, Shields was a member of Math Team, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honors Society, Varsity Track and Field, and the Student Government Association. She also had temporary office positions with the National Security Agency and Defense Information Systems Agency.

Jeter will be attending Penn State University Park in the College of Engineering. She was a National Merit Commended Student, Honor Role student, AP Scholar, and a proficient Java programmer.

This is the 6th year that Force 3 has awarded its college scholarships, giving out a total of 15 scholarships thus far.

About Force 3
Force 3 is the trusted provider of Data Center, Communication and Collaboration, Borderless Networks, Cyber Security services, and Medical Imaging Solutions for Federal agencies, Enterprise organizations and their key partners. With headquarters in Crofton, Md. and offices in Herndon, Va. and San Antonio, Texas, Force 3 has a 20-year history of delivering, supporting, and maintaining cost-effective IT products and services. At Force 3, we have a relentless focus on achieving our customers’ end goal through innovation, unique solutions and highly trained, passionate people. Our dedication has resulted in being named one of Cisco’s Top 5 Federal Gold Partners in America, as well as Federal Collaboration Partner of the Year in 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.force3.com.

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