Catherine L. Hekimian, for the Phase Foundation, established the Norris C. Hekimian Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Electrical Engineering in December 2012 to support undergraduates in electrical engineering. Norris Carroll Hekimian grew up in Washington, D.C. during the Great Depression. He supported his mother and father by fixing radios and selling homemade crystal radios, and he built one of the first color televisions. After serving as an aircraft mechanic with the U.S. Army Air Corps, Norris earned a bachelorís degree in electrical engineering from the George Washington University in 1949, thanks to tuition support from the G.I. Bill. While working full time to support his family, Norris earned his masterís degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1951.