The Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship Award
On behalf of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) and Savannah River Remediation (SRR), CNTA Chairman Chuck Munns announced that Bianca D'Angela Cruz is the winner of the 2015 Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship value is $5,000.
A rising senior at South Carolina State University majoring in nuclear engineering, Cruz has maintained a grade-point average of 3.88. She's a graduate of the Garrett Academy of Technology in North Charleston, the winner of numerous scholarships including the Department of Energy and S.C. State Achievers Scholarships, and a member of the Golden Key and Alpha Nu Sigma (Nuclear Science and Engineering) Honor Societies.
In addition, Cruz interned with the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare System Command in North Charleston and will be engaged in research this summer at the Department of Energy's Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors project at North Carolina State University.
The recipient was recognized at the annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet.
CNTA wishes Ms. Cruz much luck in her future endeavors.
The Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship is a joint project of CNTA and SRR. Maher, Vice President and General Manager for Strategic Mission Development at the Savannah River Site, passed away in 2002 after a 48-year career at the Site. A visionary with a broad view of the Site's potential, Maher helped shape SRS as its known today.
The annual scholarship was established in Maher's memory to support students pursuing science and engineering degrees in preparation for careers in the nuclear field.
To be eligible for the Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship, candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen;
- Candidate must be enrolled as a junior or senior in a university or college within South Carolina or Georgia;
- Candidate must have at least a "B" average overall grade and a "B" average in science/engineering and mathematics, as a minimum, for college level course work; and
- Candidate must be pursuing a B.S. degree in a nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or an engineering or science discipline that is directly related to the nuclear field.
Previous winners of the award include:
- 2014 - Ms. Valerie Nwadeyi (South Carolina State University)
- 2013 - Mr. Robert Picardi (Furman University/Va Tech)
- 2012 - Mr. Matthew Correnti (Furman University)
- 2011 - Mr. Dillon Inabinett (University of South Carolina)
- 2010 - Ms. Candice Hampton (South Carolina State University)
- 2010 - Mr. Ryan Harris (Clemson University)
- 2009 - Mr. Rea Cauthen (Clemson University)
- 2008 - Mr. Andrew Petrarca (University of South Carolina)
- 2007 - Mr. Matthew Presson (University of South Carolina)
- 2006 - Ms. Emily Colvin (Georgia Tech)
- 2005 - Mr. James Weathers (Georgia Tech)
- 2004 - Mrs. Kara Beharry (South Carolina State)
- 2003 - Mr. Christopher J. Fong, Atlanta GA (Georgia Tech)
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