NVTC Foundation Awards Four Scholarships to IT&E Students

Posted: October 24, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Foundation has awarded the largest number of scholarships in one year to four School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E) students. The scholarships, covering tuition in full, went to two seniors and two juniors, three of them women.

The NVTC Foundation-Daniel R. Bannister Scholarship Endowment was established in 1997 for juniors and seniors majoring in studies offered by IT&E who have a GPA of 3.000 or above and strong community involvement. The scholarships honor Bannister, former chairman of NVTC and currently chairman of DynCorp, based in Reston, Va. He is also chair of the NVTC Foundation and a former George Mason University Foundation trustee.

“It is vital that we continue to support scholarships like this one and others at GMU to ensure that Northern Virginia remains the leader in technology,” Bannister says. Donations by Bannister, DynCorp, and other individuals and organizations as well as proceeds from NVTC fundraisers increased the scholarship endowment this year.

“Attracting and recognizing high-quality students is a top priority for our school. The Bannister scholars are exactly the type of students who can make a real difference to us, and I am very pleased that the NVTC Foundation has provided us with this excellent scholarship program,” Lloyd Griffiths, dean of IT&E, says.

Seniors Shannon Wagner and Abe Klinger, and juniors Courtney Lake and Alicia Torkelson received scholarships. The students also will receive guidance and leadership from mentors in their fields to help prepare for careers after graduation.

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