Betty Stevens Frecknall Scholarship

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Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year are now open. Click on the "Apply Online" link above. Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year will be accepted between January and May 2014. Please return any time during that period if you are interested in applying for this prestigious scholarship.

 

About Betty Stevens Frecknall

Betty Stevens-Frecknall began her career in computers as a cardpunch operator. She trained in the 1940's as a keypunch clerk, a computer repair technician, and a systems analyst. Starting as a civilian employee of the Navy in Seattle, Betty was soon recruited to a position at Long Beach. Following this, she obtained a position as a systems analyst with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. From this point on, Betty proved herself with a series of successes on major projects, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars and gaining a promotion with each success.

During these years, Betty was very active in the Washington D.C. Chapter of DPMA (now known as AITP), serving as chapter president in 1972. She was committed to developing the chapter and increasing membership, especially among women. She later was active on the Mid-Atlantic Region (Region XI) of DPMA and was elected Region president in 1979. Betty also served as the president of her Toastmasters chapter, and was very active in recruiting new members into that organization. Betty retired at a level of GS14 as manager of a large programmer group responsible for major projects within the HUD information systems infrastructure--all with just a high school education.

One of very few women in a strongly male-dominated field, Betty was an advocate of equal opportunity and access to career advancement for all qualified workers. One of Betty's professional and later personal friends was Grace Hopper, the legendary "Mother of Computing". They shared a razor sharp wit and a passion for knowledge, excellence, gender equality, and education.

Betty was a strong advocate of self-improvement through education. Betty was always taking classes, and a favorite saying of hers was "Learn or die--and when you stop learning you start dying." She put herself through her computer training, then put her husband through the same course of study. Both went on to become successful computer analysts. She encouraged her children and stepchildren to pursue higher education, and was always generous in helping them to achieve their educational dreams. Another favorite saying of Betty's was "If you don't watch out, you might learn something."


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • An applicant must be an active AITP student member
  • A declared computer science/CIS/MIS/IT major with an overall and major GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • A student who has satisfactorily completed at least one full semester of college (12 semester hours or equivalent)
  • Enrolled as a full-time (12 semester hours or equivalent) undergraduate student at an accredited institution in the United States
  • A US Citizen or US Permanent Resident


Previous Recipients

2000-2001
Ninon Crane Macon State College (GA)
Dustin Demmin University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI)
Tracey Pounds Texas State Technical College - Sweetwater (TX)
Brad Sibley University of Southern Mississippi (MS)
2001-2002
Jonathan Bishop The University of Mississippi (MS)
Ntoh Etta The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI)
Tanyi Fouching The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater (WI)
Louise Manning Oklahoma Baptist University (OK)
2002-2003
Christopher Atkinson DeVry Institute (MO)
Mindy Columbus Robert Morris University (PA)
Xueqian Chen Michigan Technological University (MI)
Matt Fontaine Purdue University (IN)
Melany Howard Chattahoochee Technical College (GA)
Galina Ivanova The University of Alaska - Anchorage (AK)
Terry Kidd The University of Houston (TX)
Maxim Sorokoletov The University of Alaska - Anchorage (AK)
(See press release) 
2003-2004
James Mottola Devry Institute - Tinley Park (IL)
Usman Uddin The University of Mississippi (MS)
Theresa Webb Lindenwood University (MO)
(See press release) 
2004-2005
Rhonda L. Steele University of Alabama (AL)
Jenny Lee Browne Mesa Community College (AZ)
(See press release) 
2005-2006
Andrew Gohl Linfield College (OR)
Tracy Leeper Northwestern State University (LA)
Leslie White Central Connecticut State University (CT)
Sheree Ferguson Oakland Community College (MI)
(See press release) 
2006-2007
Tracy Jessie University of Oklahoma (OK)
Vicki Baugh Community College of Southern Nevada (NV)
Kelly McGrath Texas State Technical College - Abilene (TX)
(See press release) 
2007-2008
Rica Gaines Charter College (AK))
Jamie Schroeder  ITT Technical Institute, Nashville (TN)
Jenna Nisbett Texas State University (TX)
(See press release) 
2008-2009
Robert Paul Midwestern State University (TX))
Sharon Anderson The Catholic University of America (DC)
Fernando Martinez  ITT Tech, Mesa (AZ)
(See press release) 
2009-2010
Carice Poston University of Dayton (OH))
Frank Walker Bellevue University (NE)
(See press release) 
2010-2011
David Christo Loyola University Maryland (MD)
Rachelle Hademenos  ITT Technical Institute, Houston (TX)
Pallavi Laxane  Texas Tech University (TX)
(See press release) 
2011-2012
Kakia Brock University of Phoenix (AZ)
Monica Santa Kaplan University, Ft. Lauderdale (FL)
(See press release)