Six college-bound New Bedford students received 4-year, $35,000 scholarships during the 15th annual Jacobs Family New Bedford High Schools Scholarship program Friday at the Whaling Museum.

The award is given to students continuing their studies in math, science, and engineering.

Irwin Jacobs, a New Bedford High School graduate and co-founder of telecommunications giant Qualcomm, said he continues to award the scholarships because of the students.

"Of course, each year we come back. We meet the students, we get excited by their plans, and then a little later we hear about what they've accomplished going through college," Jacobs said.

Jacobs and his wife, Joan, began the program 15 years ago as a two-student, $20,000 scholarship.

This year, they've increased the four-year scholarships to $35,000 for all six students.

The recipients include Joseph Carreiro, Lisa Chan, Kathleen Le and Laura Vieira of New Bedford High, plus Jameson Pye from Global Learning Charter School, and Jake Souza from Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech.

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