Betty Stevens-Frecknall left a portion of her estate to the Foundation to set up a scholarship fund targeted at assisting deserving men and women pursuing an education in the field of information technology. Betty, a former President of the Washington D.C. Chapter in 1972, served several years as that Chapter's Association Director (now Chapter Liaison) and also was President of the Mid-Atlantic Region. She was always a very strong advocate for AITP and the opportunities it provides to members. She particularly wanted to be able to continue supporting and encouraging personal and professional growth and enable access to career advancement.
The endowment created a national scholarship that is awarded annually to support university students who are seeking an education in an accredited degree program related to information technology. Candidates are evaluated on demonstrated scholastic achievement, leadership, financial need and quality of the application. The selection process is administered by the Foundation Regents.
The following are the winners of the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year:
David Christo: Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD Rachelle Hademenos: ITT Technical Institute, Houston, TX Pallavi Laxane: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Congratulations to David, Rachelle, and Pallavi for their achievements!
A sampling of the feedback we received from the recipients: "I would like to thank you for selecting me as one of the recipients of the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship this year. I am almost through with my first semester at Loyola University-Maryland and I am happy to report that work toward my B.S. in Computer Science and Math is proceeding well....Thanks to your generosity in awarding me this scholarship, I have been able to reduce the amount of my student loans. Thanks again for awarding me the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship. The scholarship will help in meeting my costs at Loyola University-Maryland this academic year." David Christo
"I am honored to be one of the recipients of the national Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship for 2010-2011. This honor gives me renewed vigor in my program of study, my career and my life. The AITP has provided a comprehensive network of supportive professionals to help guide students like me in our studies and careers. This scholarship program will enable me to further my education while reducing the stress associated with securing the funds to support it. I am very thankful to receive this honor and will continue to promote the personal initiative, drive, and work ethic that has garnered me this meritorious recognition. Thank you!!!" Rachelle Hademenos
"I feel really honored to have been selected as a recipient of the national Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship awarded by the Foundation for Information Technology Education. I got to know about this scholarship program through my involvement with AITP and I am very humbled that the scholarship committee found me competent for this distinguished award. I have self-financed my entire education through competitive scholarships and I am extremely grateful for this award as this will definitely assist me in pursuing my educational goals. I am sincerely thankful to be recognized for my academic and leadership achievements and I highly value the Foundation's support for higher education in information technology. It is my privilege to accept this award and I truly appreciate everything that this organization does towards promoting professional development in information systems." Pallavi Laxane
The Foundation will soon be accepting applications for the 2011-2012 scholarships. An article will be published in Information Executive when applications are open.