Education Foundation

The NCTA Education Foundation was established in 1998 to support and encourage the use of technology as a learning tool, and to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that receives charitable contributions to fund scholarships and advance NCTA's educational activities.


Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founders Scholarship (Accepting Applications through May 31, 2014)
Betsy Justus was NCTA’s founding CEO, a pioneer among women in technology, and a North Carolina leader.  Upon her passing in the summer of 2011, NCTA created a scholarship in her name to support young women in North Carolina who are pursuing an academic and career path in STEM, with an emphasis on technology and engineering.  The scholarship is a one-time grant (per recipient) in the amount of $1,000 and also includes a personal computer provided by Lenovo.

Scholarship Application Period Now Open:  NCTA is now accepting applications for the 2014 Betsy Y. Justus Founders Scholarship.  All required materials must be received by May 31.  Visit the Scholarship Page for complete information including eligibility requirements.

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Contribute:  We encourage additional donations of funds (as well as enhancements like tech products, gift cards, etc.) to increase the value of the scholarship to the eventual recipient.  Please contact Misti Hennessee at 919.890.0774 or Email Misti to discuss monetary or in-kind support options.

Betsy  About Betsy Y. Justus:
Betsy was a remarkable businesswoman and a pioneer in public leadership and entrepreneurial growth in North Carolina.  She was the first woman Chair of the State of North Carolina Employment Security Commission from 1987 to 1990 and went on to serve as the first woman Secretary for the NC Department of Revenue from 1990 to 1993.  As Secretary, she represented the state on several national committees and was responsible for enforcing state tax laws and policy.  In March 1993, Betsy was the inaugural founder and President of the North Carolina Electronics and Information Technologies Association (now NCTA).  Under her leadership, the association grew a membership base and public policy infrastructure that laid the foundation for the technology industry to grow and prosper in North Carolina.

Her remarkable legacy of public service, business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit, helped numerous companies, organizations and individuals thrive and succeed in their respective missions.  In 1998, she left NCTA to work for ACS Enterprise Solutions as an SVP of Business Development.  Later Betsy joined the executive team at Alphanumeric Systems, where she served as Vice President and remained in that position until her death.