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$10,000 Gift from Systems Engineering Supports STEM Scholarships

Systems Engineering

Systems Engineering, a Portland-based IT strategy and service provider has donated $10,000 to support scholarships for Maine juniors and seniors majoring in Information Science or related fields.  

A frequent partner in programs sponsored by USM’s Career & Employment Hub, Systems Engineering participates in internship nights and job fairs and also has an ongoing internship program that provides career-building opportunities for USM students. According to Director of Human Resources Lynn Gawtry, the internship program is an important source of local talent, which is critical to the growth of a technology company like Systems Engineering.

“USM and Systems Engineering have always shared a deep commitment to investing in the future of the Maine workforce,” said Gawtry. “We both believe that attracting, developing and retaining top talent is essential to Maine’s economic growth and prosperity. Systems Engineering has benefited directly from USM’s collaborative and integrated approach to ensuring its students are provided with an engaging curriculum that leads to both personal growth and professional success in an ever-changing world.”   

Andrew Osheroff, Manager of Operations at the Career Hub commented, “Systems Engineering is often one of the first organizations we think of when we look for employers to engage in an event or new initiative. This is due in no small part to the approach that Lynn Gawtry and her team have to finding creative ways to develop promising new talent for our state. We hope to continue building our relationship together for the benefit of USM students and their business.”

The $10,000 gift from Systems Engineering will support scholarships within the College of Science, Technology and Health (CSTH) over the next five years, helping to widen access to STEM programs and further increase the number of skilled graduates entering Maine’s technology workforce.

Watch: Systems Engineering’s Lyn Gawtry speaks with USM President Glenn Cummings, career advisor Stacy Stewart, and student Margaret Smith ’19 about the role of USM’s Career Hub programs in producing career-ready students.

Photo caption: Shown here with Champ are Andy Osheroff, Manager of Operations for USM’s Career & Employment Hub, Lynn Gawtry, Director of Human Resources at Systems Engineering and Susan Massey, HR Manager at Systems Engineering