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Santa comes early for NMSU students, faculty via Sony, Intel Corporation

No elves, no reindeer and they will not be wearing red suits, but the folks from Sony Electronics and Intel Corporation will come bearing gifts for five New Mexico State University students and two assistant professors. The ceremony for the third round of Sony's five-year scholarship program will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the NMSU Golf Course.

NMSU is one of only 31 universities and community colleges across the country chosen by Sony Electronics to receive the scholarships, which consist of computer equipment packages.

"We are thrilled that Sony Corporation continues their support of education at NMSU with the Sony Education Scholarship Program," said Shaun Cooper, NMSU's chief information officer. "For the third year in a row, deserving NMSU students and faculty will benefit from the technology provided by Sony. We are grateful for corporate citizens like Sony that are an important part of the pursuit of academic excellence at NMSU."

The students will receive award packages valued at $1,200, which include a Sony VAIO S-series laptop computer and a Cyber-shot digital camera with a carrying case and an 8 GB memory stick. Faculty members will receive packages valued at $2,300, which include a Sony VAIO S series laptop, a Sony HD Camcorder, a 24-inch Sony Internet television, a Sony S tablet and Sony tablet cradle.

Cooper has been instrumental in coordinating NMSU's participation in the Sony scholarship program. NMSU's Honors College facilitates the selection of eligible students, while academic deans nominate eligible faculty members.

For more information about the Sony Education Scholarship Program, contact Cooper at 575-646-6030, email scooper@nmsu.edu; or Randey Bamford at 575-646-5113, email rbamford@nmsu.edu.