American International College Awarded $10,000 Scholarship from Smith & Wesson®

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Smith & Wesson to provide five $2,000 scholarships, one per academic year through 2019, to students in American International College's School of Business who are entering their sophomore year. Each award will be made to a student with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and will include a paid summer internship.

American International College (AIC) has been awarded $10,000 by Smith & Wesson to provide five $2,000 scholarships, one per academic year through 2019, to students in the School of Business who are entering their sophomore year. Each award will be made to a student with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher from Hampden or Hampshire County. Ideal candidates for the scholarships share a passion for the manufacturing industry and a quality product.

Each of the five recipients will be offered a paid summer internship with Smith &Wesson following his or her sophomore year. Anne Bruce, VP of Human Resources, Smith & Wesson, said, “At Smith & Wesson we actively support students who seek to further their education, with a particular emphasis on the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). We believe that excellence in these fields of study will help to shape tomorrow’s leaders so that they can best support a healthy manufacturing environment capable of driving job creation. We thank AIC for their ongoing support of education in the Pioneer Valley and applaud all the applicants for this year’s scholarship.”

The 2015 scholarship has been awarded to Alexander M. LaFayette of Ludlow, MA. LaFayette, a scholar-athlete, is an accounting major and member of the AIC Yellow Jackets baseball team. In addition to being a Dean’s List honoree, LaFayette was named Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week in April.

Founded in 1852 and headquartered in Springfield, MA, Smith & Wesson has additional locations in Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri employing more than 1700 team members. Smith & Wesson is a U.S. based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms and related products to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. Smith & Wesson is proud of its reputation as one of the most reputable and safety conscious firearm manufacturers in the world and its advocacy for the responsible use of firearms.

About AIC
Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, master’s institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts. AIC is an interfaith, interracial, and international educational institution comprised of the School of Business, Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Service, and the School of Graduate and Adult Education. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community. For more information about American International College, log on to http://www.aic.edu.

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the global military, law enforcement, and consumer markets. The company's firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, and Thompson/Center Arms™. As an industry leading provider of shooting, reloading, gunsmithing and gun cleaning supplies, the company's accessories division produces innovative, top quality products under Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., including Caldwell® Shooting Supplies, Wheeler® Engineering, Tipton® Gun Cleaning Supplies, Frankford Arsenal® Reloading Tools, Lockdown® Vault Accessories, and Hooyman™ Premium Tree Saws. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Missouri. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to
http://www.smith-wesson.com.

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