The Betsy Y. Justus NC TECH Founders Scholarship was established in memory of NC TECH's founding CEO. Following her passing, NC TECH launched a scholarship to support young women in North Carolina who pursue an academic and career path in Technology or Engineering.  Every year, two students are selected to receive a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year) and a personal computer provided by Lenovo.  NC TECH accepts applications in April-May each year.


  • Rising female college freshman, re-entry or transfer student, enrolling for undergraduate course work at an accredited institution of higher learning located in NC.  Must qualify for North Carolina resident status for tuition purposes.
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must declare a technology or engineering major. demonstrated 


A complete applications includes:

  • Submitted Online Application + Essay Questions 
  • Proof of Acceptance (Applicant must provide acceptance as a rising freshman, re-entry or transfer student at an accredited institution of higher education in North Carolina. Please upload this to your application.)
  • Transcript (Note: Transcripts to be sent directly by your current/most recent academic institution to, please include in subject:  Scholarship Transcript: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name)
  • Letter of Recommendation (Applicant must have a faculty member, academic advisor, or community leader submit a recommendation letter directly to please include in the subject: Scholarship Recommendation: Applicant Last Name, Applicant First Name



We encourage the donation of funds (and enhancements like tech products, gift cards, etc.) to increase the value of the scholarship. Interested in donating? Contact Michelle Calton. 


2021 Scholarship 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. 


 Past Scholarship Recipients

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

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

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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