NCTA and its member companies established the NCTA Education Foundation 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 the educational activities of NCTA.
Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founders Scholarship
Betsy Y. 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 the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (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. The application period for 2013 is now closed.
About Betsy Y. Justus
Betsy was a remarkable businesswoman and a pioneer in public leadership and entrepreneurial growth in North Carolina. Betsy 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) the State’s premier technology association. 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 Sr. Vice President of Business Development. Later Betsy joined the executive team at Alphanumeric System where she served as Vice President and remained in that position until her death.