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 (with an emphasis on technology and 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
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.  Every year, two students will be selected to receive the $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) and a personal computer provided by Lenovo.

Congratulations to 2014 Scholarship Recipients:  Visit the Scholarship Page for complete information, including eligibility requirements.

Jaclyn Adriatico
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
High School: Mooresville High School
University: NC State University
Major: Computer Science
Bio: Jaclyn Adriatico has always had a fondness for STEM. Her school offers every student in grades 4th through 12th a laptop for the school year. The laptop initiative is what Jaclyn believes sparked her interest in STEM; little did she imagine she would actually be going to school to study them. This summer Jaclyn attended a women’s engineering camp at NC State and it opened her eyes to what all engineering really entails. This fall, Jaclyn will be in a group called WISE: Women in Science and Engineering where she will get to live with other women going into STEM fields and also develop skills and talents necessary to becoming successful. Jaclyn is also a member of the Society of Women Engineers, a group that empowers women to advance and succeed in the STEM fields, and plans to become a part of more clubs and organizations once she gets to NC State. While at NC State, Jaclyn plans to participate in multiple internships and externships, volunteer as much as she an, and build her social network.

Kathryn (Katie) Martin
Hometown: Jackson, NC
High School: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (Durham, NC)
University: NC State University
Major: Engineering
Bio: Kathryn (Katie) Martin has been passionate about STEM since she first became involved through the Labs 4 Learning program at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) following her 6th grade year. Her involvement in STEM skyrocketed with her acceptance to NCCSM for her junior and senior year of high school. At NCSSM, Katie took a total of five engineering classes and received a departmental award from the engineering department for her enthusiasm, passion, energy, perseverance, and lively participation in all her classes and extracurricular activities. Her participation in STEM extended outside of class with the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, FIRST Robotics Team 900, and her participation in the Google Gravity Games soapbox derby. As a part of FIRST Robotics Team 900, Katie helped design and build a robot that won the North Carolina FIRST Regional Competition, the Engineering Excellence Award at the NC Regional, and the FIRST Robotics World Championship Creativity Award. Her future plans are still largely undecided but her passion for engineering and desire to improve the world have her set on a career in an engineering field.

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.