News 2023: Christopher Norton '24 wins prestigious Google scholarship for student veterans
Christopher Norton '24 wins prestigious Google scholarship for student veterans

The electrical engineering major is 1 of 8 recipients nationwide.

Student veteran and electrical engineering student Chris Norton headshot

Electrical engineering major Christopher Norton '24 was recently awarded the prestigious Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship for the 2023-24 academic year. Norton is 1 of only 8 student veterans selected for this scholarship nationwide.  

Google partners with the Student Veterans of America (SVA) to award scholarships to leaders in the student veteran community. Each year, they grant $10,000 scholarships to 8 former service members who are pursuing degrees in computer science and engineering. This highly competitive scholarship recognizes student veterans for their academic and professional achievements and positive impact in their communities. 

Norton is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard (USCG). During his 9-year service as an aviation electronics technician, he accrued nearly 1,000 flight hours as a mission system operator supporting search and rescue, counter-narcotics, and maritime enforcement missions. After his service, Norton began his pursuit of an electrical engineering degree at UMass Dartmouth. Currently, he serves as treasurer for the Student Veterans Association on campus. Norton has also completed multiple internships at Raytheon and participated in undergraduate research with Dr. Paul Gendron, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. 

"To me, being selected as a recipient of the Google Student Veterans of America scholarship is both humbling and an honor," Norton said. "I am very grateful for all the opportunities and education provided here at UMass Dartmouth. I look forward to advancing the field of electrical engineering and helping future students find their role in the technology field." 

UMassD is designated as a gold-ranked Military Friendly® School, with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.