By Anna Katherine Underwood
Jeffrey Martell, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, has received a Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship, being one of only 200 students out of 6,333 applicants to receive the prestigious honor. Of the recipients, only 28 are aerospace engineering majors.
The scholarship provides Martell with $10,000 every year that he remains in school. The financial support gives him the freedom to pursue other interests and clubs on campus, allowing him to get more involved in the Volunteer Spirit in ways that he might not have gotten to otherwise.
Martell has held leadership positions in various clubs on campus including the media director of Engineers without Borders, vice chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student chapter at UT, and over the past two years has also been active in multiple research projects on campus.
Martell loves being a Tennessee Volunteer and can often be seen around campus on game days or big orange Friday decked out in his orange and white checkerboard suit.
Martell hopes to obtain an internship next summer to gain some real-world work experience in his field. After graduation, he wants to attend graduate school and obtain his master’s degree.
“I could definitely see myself trying to work for some of the big guys in aerospace engineering, like NASA and Boeing,” said Martell. “That is definitely a dream I have had for some time now.”
Like many Volunteers before him, this scholarship has ignited the fire within Martell and will continue to drive him to excel in his undergraduate studies and into the real world of aerospace engineering.