The Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founders Scholarship was established in memory of NCTA's founding CEO. Following her death in the summer of 2011, NCTA launched a scholarship to support young women in North Carolina who are pursuing an academic and career path in the areas of Technology or 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.
Scholarship Winners Announced
The Betsy Y. Justus NCTA Founders Scholarship was established in memory of NCTA's founding CEO. Following her death in the summer of 2011, NCTA launched a scholarship to support young women in North Carolina who are pursuing an academic and career path in the areas of Technology or Engineering. Every year, two students are selected to receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year), a personal computer provided by Lenovo and are honored at the annual NC Tech Awards.
The pool of applicants this year was strong, but our 2017 recipients stood out as well prepared to pursue a career in the STEM arena.
Rachel Jacobson graduated as the salutatorian of her class at Clayton High School. During her time in high school she was involved in National Honor Society and Interact Club. She was an active participant and Secretary of the Environmental Club where she was able to serve her school with projects such as a recycling program, Adopt-a-Highway, and regular campus clean ups. As a member of the Technology Student Association she competed at the state conference in the Biotechnology Design event. Rachel researched many topics, including protein crystallization in space and arbovirus vaccine technology with the assistance of NC State professor, Dr. Dennis Brown. For her coursework in AP and Project Lead The Way, she was awarded the AP + PLTW Student Achievement in the engineering pathway. Outside of school, Junior Civitan allowed her to give back to a larger community through things like delivering supplies to a children’s home, building Lending Libraries, collecting linens for domestic abuse victims, and volunteering at the NC Special Olympics. She also enjoyed volunteering at Gabriel Manor Assisted Living Home, where she spent time crafting, talking with, and learning from the residents. She has participated in competitive dance for 9 years, and in November 2015 she completed the program to become a Certified Clogging Instructor.
Rachel will be attending North Carolina State University where she’ll be majoring in general engineering. In the future she hopes to be part of an engineering firm where she can contribute to the improvement of women’s representation in STEM jobs.
Anna Mattapallil, from Matthews, North Carolina, graduated from Providence High School as an AP Scholar and Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program, awarded for showing exceptional academic promise. Anna was a member of the Speech & Debate team and was awarded MVP as Captain of the Women’s Varsity Tennis Team. She was also an Environmental Engineering research intern at UNC Charlotte and is currently a children’s ministry intern at her church, Forest Hill in Ballantyne. Anna plans to major in Civil Engineering at North Carolina State University. Upon graduating college, she hopes to work in water distribution and filtration.
Application Process: A complete application includes the following five items:
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