Vision 2020, a national program out of Drexel University, presented it’s Tomorrow Awards that recognizes and honors women who are outstanding in their academic pursuits and are actively making a difference in the world.
The Vision 2020 National Delegates hosted their conference in conjunction with the 2015 Economic Summit for Women in Nashville at the Nashville Airport Marriot on October 26th to 28th.
The Women’s Economic Council Foundation has given three scholarships to graduating Tennessee high school girls and three scholarships to non-traditional female students each year since 2007, giving upwards of $80,000 to girls and women for their continued educational growth. Two of the past WECF scholarship winners are also recipients of Vision 2020’s 2015 Tomorrow Award.
Pat Pierce, chair of the scholarship committee says, “It is great to be a part of women’s journey to advancing their financial independence and their continued success.”
Two previous scholarship recipients were nominated for this year’s Tomorrow awards! They have shared their experience with the TECW Staff since receiving the WECF Scholarships with hopes to inspire other women to be a lighthouse in their communities.
Busra Gungor is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania with a major focused in Biological Basis of Behavior and a minor in Health Services Management through Wharton. Busra’s interest in neurodegenerative diseases has directed her to volunteer at the Smell and Taste Clinic to collect and analyze data on Parkinson’s disease. She has also conducted research in a cardiovascular laboratory at Smilow Center for Translational Research, primarily working on understanding the glycosylation of a specific protein found in heart disease patients. During the school year, she actively serves as executive editor for the UPENN journal, Synapse, that is created for undergraduates to discuss health care and medical issues. Busra continues to fulfill her love for neuroscience and work with kids– which is another one of her passions. She is a curriculum developer for Action Potential, a new organization geared towards increasing excitement about the brain through hands-on activities and lesson plans in west Philadelphia high schools. As a passionate advocate for affordable health care and with increasing curiosity in global health, Busra has traveled to Madurai this past summer for a ten-week internship at the Aravind Eye Hospital. Upholding an extraordinary business model for delivering high quality of care at a low cost, Aravind aims to eradicate needless blindness in India. She was extremely motivated to work with the pediatric ophthalmology department on a project this summer to further increase awareness pertaining to common eye conditions and misconceptions through various videos and online clipbooks. Busra shared with her delight and honor for the consideration of getting this nomination for the Tomorrow Awards and looks forward to attending the summit.
Emily Beckman graduated as valedictorian from Central Magnet School and has been studying aerospace engineering at the University of Tennessee space institute. Being a member of the Society of Women Engineers she is a researcher for her professor, Dr. Termaath, in computational structural mechanics. She has mainly done work on the metal component of a composite patch under impact loading. Last spring she went on an engineering outreach service trip to Costa Rica and helped build a septic tank system for a local family. This past summer, Emily worked as an intern at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and designed a flat plate model for a Mach 1.8 wind tunnel to study boundary layer transitions. Emily has shared “I was able to focus more on studying and learn as much as possible.” She says the WECF scholarship greatly eased her transition into college life. After receiving the scholarship she didn’t need to worry about the financial burden of attending college nearly as much. Beckman is “proud to represent women who are striving to make their community a better place.”
Both recipients are excited to attend the summit for a second time. Beckman said that it was great experience and she was able to meet many women with impressive accomplishments and who are great role models.
For more information about the Economic Summit, or WECF Scholarship, visit www.tnwomensummit.org. You may also contact the Tennessee Economic Council on Women directly at (615) 253-4266, visit http://www.tennesseewomen.org, or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.