Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 11:38 PM
By: Breaking News Staff
The Dayton Defense Education Foundation tonight hosted its annual fundraiser gala at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton.
News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry served as the emcee for the event.
The foundation is a 100 percent volunteer charitable organization that provides scholarships to local students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. This year, the foundation will award more than $80,000 in scholarships.
Also tonight, the foundation presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Nathan Klingbeil, professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University. Klingbeil has mentored many engineering students and is dedicated to encouraging this career path to help keep the U.S. defense industry second to none.