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Incoming Freshmen at WSU Tri-Cities Will Receive Help Toward Their Education

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - Incoming freshmen at WSU Tri-Cities will be getting a big help to their success, thanks to Lockheed Martin.

The first freshmen class to WSU Tri-Cities will be attending next year, a total of 35 students, and as part of enrolling, they will receive a free laptop computer. 

Freshmen are already getting $3,000 in scholarships and the free laptop is an added bonus to help students stay and graduate from WSU Tri-Cities.  And if students stay enrolled, they will get more help their senior year.

For the student, having a laptop will be a big help througout their schooling.

"There's not a class here that's not going to involve the computers.  For your research, it just makes it a whole lot easier.  You're mobile."  Says Robert McNaughton, ASWSU Tri-Cities President.

And for Locheed Martin, donating the machines is seen as more of an investment.  Lockheed Martin hires WSU Tri-Cities graduates every year. 

"We have a number of employees that continue to pursue advanced degrees here at WSU Tri-Cities. Several of our employees just recently graduated with their M.B.A.'s this past spring, so, WSU Tri-Cities is a key element to our success."  Says the General Manager of Lockheed Martin, Frank Armijo. 

The first letters of acceptance for the freshmen class has already been sent out.  13 students have been accepted so far and 70 have applied.  About a quarter of those who have applied are from outside of the Tri-Cities and six are from out of state.