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 2011-2012 academic year:
Kakia Brock: University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ Monica Santa: Kaplan University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Congratulations to Kakia and Monica for their achievements!
When they learned of their selection, Kakia and Monica told the Foundation: "I would like to express my sincerest gratitude towards the committee for choosing me as one of the finalists for the Betty Stevens-Frecknall 2011-2012 Scholarship recipients. Thank you for your support! This award has shown me that "Yes You Can" if you try your best; you will be recognized for your achievements. After facing numerous obstacles with finances during the school semester, I was determined to stay focused and keep my eyes on the prize. Your award has given me encouragement and the drive to keep pushing forward to reach my dreams in spite of my difficulties. I will continue to inspire the youth and let them know that Technology is ever-changing and those of us who embrace it will be both innovators and leaders in our industry. Thank you for your generosity in funding me with the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship. I am very honored to be a recipient of such a prestigious award.” Kakia Brock
"I am so honored and grateful to be one of the recipients of the national Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship for 2011-2012. Being a mother of five trying to finish the degree I started over 15 years ago has not been easy. But I felt is was so important to go back not only for myself but to show my children 1.) the importance of getting an education, and 2.) that no matter what obstacles may come, if you work hard and believe in yourself you can accomplish anything. Unfortunately, my dream of finishing my degree was in serious jeopardy financially - I was on the verge of dropping out again! This scholarship has given new life, it has allowed me to stay in school and has given me a new found determination to finish my degree and be a role model to my children. Thank you so much!” Monica Santa
The Foundation will soon be accepting applications for the 2012-2013 scholarships. An article will be published in Information Executive when applications are open.