British junior Kyle Hampton receives prestigious Matthew Isakowitz scholarship


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2022) — Kyle Hampton, a junior pursuing a degree in mechanical Engineering to University of Kentuckyis the beneficiary of a Matthew Isakowitz Scholarship.

The Fellowship is a highly selective summer internship and executive mentorship program. It connects outstanding juniors, seniors, and graduate students with paid internships, mentors, and networking opportunities in the commercial spaceflight industry.

This year, the program received applications from over 200 students from over 90 colleges. Applications went through a rigorous process – assessing academic excellence, relevant experience and a demonstrated passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the business space. Hampton represents one of 30 students chosen to participate in the distinguished program.

He will do an internship at rocket lab — a leader in the space launch and transportation industry. The company provides launch services, spacecraft, satellite components and in-orbit management.

“The reason I focused on aerospace engineering is because I think it gives me the best ability to have the biggest impact on the world, while allowing me to do the coolest things I can. imagine – like working on rockets,” Hampton said.

Hampton was previously a mechanical engineering intern at Sale of thermal equipment and a civil engineering intern at AGE Engineering. This semester, he is a “test and launch” intern for Firefly Aerospace in Austin, Texas. “I work for their launch and test operations team, and it gives me a first taste of aerospace engineering and valuable industry experience,” he explained.

Hampton is a first-generation college student from Waynesburg, Kentucky. Throughout his time in the UK he has been a member of SpaceLex – a peer mentor for the UK Engineering Living Learning Program and a volunteer for the Special Olympics Club.

Hampton is also a Pigman Scholar.

In 1999, L. Stanley Pigman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the UK in 1981, determined that it would fill a gap in the field of engineering and began to fund scholarships for students whose financial circumstances would prevent them from attending the UK. Since then, he and his wife, Karen, have financially supported and mentored over 120 students through the L. Stanley Pigman Scholarships.

Students majoring in one of the UK engineering disciplines can be Pigman Scholars. Applicants must be residents of Kentucky and have financial need. Interested students can find out more in line.

Through various scholarship and internship opportunities, Hampton hopes to inspire children in underdeveloped areas to pursue careers in STEM. “I’ve been focusing on engineering ever since I shadowed a civil engineer for a day when I was in fifth grade.”

About Matthew Isakowitz Scholarship

The program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization honoring the memory of Matthew Isakowitz, an extraordinary engineer and entrepreneur. His passion for commercial space exploration has led to great advancements in the industry. The program aims to instill that enthusiasm in the next generation of commercial spaceflight leaders by providing professional training for those who embody Matthew’s drive to explore our universe to aid a better humanity.

About the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards helps current undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni apply for external research grants funded by sources (such as a non-governmental foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor outstanding students across the country. Students interested in these opportunities are encouraged to start working with the Office Manager, Pat Whitlowwell before the scholarship deadline.


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