PASCAGOULA, Miss., Jan. 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 28 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects and initiatives from schools and educational organizations in Mississippi and Alabama.

Friends of BEST Receives STEM Grant from Ingalls Shipbuilding
Edmond Hughes (right), vice president of human resources and administration at Ingalls Shipbuilding, presents a $5,000 grant to Robin Fenton, state director of Friends of BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) in Alabama. The Jubilee BEST Robotics Program was one of 28 projects to receive an Ingalls STEM grant this year. Photo by Andrew Young/HII

This is the ninth year for Ingalls’ STEM program. The company has awarded more than $810,000 for STEM-related projects during that period.

“STEM touches every aspect of our lives,” said Edmond Hughes, Ingalls’ vice president of human resources and administration. “Ingalls is proud to provide STEM grants to our local schools to help encourage student pursue these fields. When students in our community are exposed to STEM and teachers are provided proper resources, all parties have the opportunity to be successful. Ultimately, we may be investing in our next engineering leader.”

The 2017 STEM grant recipients and projects are:

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear and Environmental, and Oil and Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 37,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit: