Battelle Grant Presentation

“BATTELLE AWARDS AURORA FOUNDATION $5,000 GRANT TO FUND INTERNSHIP PROGRAM”

The Aurora Foundation proudly accepted a $5,000 grant from Battelle to help fund and further develop the Aurora Internship Program.  Mike Janus, Vice President of Integrated Services, and Bobby Chin, Senior Researcher, presented the check on behalf of Battelle during the Aurora Foundation Board of Directors meeting held at the Fair Oaks Marriott in Fairfax, VA on January 20, 2011. The Battelle Memorial Institute is a charitable organization that seeks to fund innovation in “scientific, educational, technology, and community endeavors.”   

 The goal of the Aurora Internship Program is to partner with corporate sponsors who will provide quality internships to student veterans, further enabling them to find jobs after graduation.  To date, Aurora has successfully funded the internship of former Marine, Kevin Powell, through his acceptance into the Washington Scholars Program.  Powell then served as an intern for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs / Material & Facilities, which provided him valuable work experience and key opportunities to network with industry professionals.

 Through its contribution, Battelle provided Aurora funding to create two Internship Chairs.  The internships will be geared towards student veterans in the field of finance. 

From Left (Behind): Aurora Board Members: Mr. Jerry Harrison, Mr. James Carey, Mr. Mike Johnson, Mr. Otto Guenther, Mr. Tom DeWitt, Mr. Jim Zumwalt, and Mr. Tom Leavitt; From Left (in Front): Battelle Leadership: Senior Researcher, Mr. Bobby Chin and Vice President of Integrated Services, Mr. Mike Janus

From Left (Behind): Aurora Board Members: Mr. Jerry Harrison, Mr. James Carey, Mr. Mike Johnson, Mr. Otto Guenther, Mr. Tom DeWitt, Mr. Jim Zumwalt, and Mr. Tom Leavitt; From Left (in Front): Battelle Leadership: Senior Researcher, Mr. Bobby Chin and Vice President of Integrated Services, Mr. Mike Janus

About the Aurora Foundation:

 The Aurora Foundation, based in the Washington D.C. area, seeks to enable veterans to successfully complete their college education and transition into the workforce. Through various programs and partnerships, the Aurora Foundation assists veterans in their transition from “Boots to Books to Business.” Funded largely by charitable donations, the Foundation works with institutions like George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Longwood University as well as Washington Scholars to support programs designed to assist veteran students who pursue a college degree under the GI Bill.

 For more information, contact: Beth Miller-Herholtz, Director of Communications at the Aurora Foundation, at: beth.miller-herholtz@Aurora4Vets.com.