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The Betsy Y. Justus NC TECH Founders Scholarship was established in memory of NC TECH's founding CEO. Following her passing in the summer of 2011, NC TECH launched a scholarship based on her wishes 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 scholarship of $1,000 per year ($4,000 for a four-year school, $2,000 for a two-year associate's degree) and a Lenovo laptop. NC TECH opens the application in January and accepts submissions through mid-April. Students are notified of awards by mid-May.



  • Rising female first-year college student, enrolling as an undergraduate at an accredited institution of higher learning in North Carolina
  • Must qualify for North Carolina resident status for tuition purposes
  • Student must be attending either a four-year college/university with a physical campus in the state or a two-year institution within the NC Community College System
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted)
  • Intended major must be in technology or engineering

Award Details

  • Selected students will receive $1,000 per year plus a Lenovo laptop
  • If attending a four-year institution, the total award will be $4,000; a two-year community college, $2,000
  • Enrollment will be verified annually prior to payment made to the institution


A complete application includes:

  • Submitted Online Application + Essay Questions
  • Proof of Acceptance Within the application, the applicant must provide acceptance as a rising freshman, re-entry or transfer student at an accredited institution of higher education in North Carolina.
  • Transcript Send a copy of your transcript directly from your current/most recent academic institution to Include in email subject:  Scholarship Transcript: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name to ensure it pairs with your application.
  • Letter of Recommendation Applicant must have a faculty member, academic advisor, or community leader submit a recommendation letter directly to Jana Barile at Include in email subject:  Scholarship Transcript: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name to ensure it pairs with your application. 

Please note: The online application window will open January 15. All required documents must be submitted by the April 8, 2024 deadline for consideration. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2024 if selected.

Scholarship Recipients

2023 Recipients


Sindhu Gadiraju
High School: South Iredell High School
University + Major: UNC Charlotte, Computer Science

Sindhu Gadiraju is a graduate of South Iredell High School. With a passion for Computer Science, she will continue her studies at UNC Charlotte. Throughout her high school years, Sindhu excelled in various areas, including robotics leadership, community service, and academics, demonstrating her exceptional skills and commitment. In addition to her dedication to her studies, Sindhu also has a passion for Indian dance, showcasing her vibrant and diverse interests.


Allison Powell
High School: NC School of Science and Math
University + Major: NC State, Engineering

Allison Powell is a graduate of the NC School of Science and Math. She will be pursuing Engineering at NC State University. With involvement in ROTC, founding a FIRST Robotics chapter at her school, and active participation in school and community activities, Allison showcases her leadership skills. Allison is actively engaged in school and community activities and believes in the transformative power of technology as an equalizer.

2022 Recipients


Aiyana Hicks
Hometown: Asheville, NC
University: North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Major: Engineering 


Anahy Felipe De La Cruz
Hometown: Leicester, NC
University: Elon University
Major: Computer Science 

2021 Recipients

Allyson Smith
Hometown: Wendell, NC
University: North Carolina State University
Major: Computer Science

Allyson Smith from Wendell, North Carolina graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Wake High School. She plans to pursue a Computer Science degree at North Carolina State University. In her time at East Wake she participated in student council, serving as class president her junior and senior years as well as class vice president as a freshman and sophomore. She also participated in theater and is excited to continue exploring the arts at NC State University in addition to her academics. 


Ashley Joseph
Hometown: Mount Holly, NC
University: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Ashley Joseph graduated from East Gaston High School where she was president of the FBLA and FCCLA clubs and accumulated over 100 community service hours. She was born in Hollywood, Florida to parents from Haiti. Ashley loves to listen to and make new music in her spare time. She will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill where she will pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering with a regenerative concentration and a minor in Biology. 

2019 Recipients

Chloe Hawes
Hometown: Asheville, NC
University: NC State University
Major: Engineering with Mechanical Intent

Cynthia Rios
Hometown: Garner, NC
University: NC State University
Major: Computer Science

2020 Recipients

Gabriela Kote
Hometown: West Forsyth
University: North Carolina State University
Major: 1st Year Engineering with Computer Science Intent

Shanly Vong
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
University: UNC Chapel Hill
Major: Computer Science + Neuroscience

2018 Recipients

grace rudiak

Grace Rudiak
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
University: NC State University
Major: Computer Engineering

madilyn rhoney

Madilyn Rhoney
Hometown: Randleman, NC
University: NC State University
Major: Engineering

2017 Recipients

rachel jacobson

Rachel Jacobson
Hometown: Clayton, NC
University: NC State
Major: General Engineering

anna mattapallil

Anna Mattapallil
Hometown: Matthews, NC
University: NC State
Major: Civil Engineering

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