Stacey Stewart loves computers and science and tinkering.
So when she enrolled at Valencia, she began taking classes that would pave the way for a career in computer science and electrical engineering.
But in a field still dominated by men, students like Stacey often struggle to fit in, find mentors, and stick with the engineering curriculum.
To help women pursue engineering degrees, Duke Energy (formerly Progress Energy) has created a scholarship fund available to female Valencia students with the goal of promoting degrees in engineering throughout the community. Stacey Stewart was one of the recipients of this competitive scholarship in 2011.
Scholarship recipients are awarded $4,275 a year up to a maximum of four consecutive years. However, because the scholarship is awarded yearly, applicants must reapply annually.
Read this article from the UCF Future to learn about Stacey Stewart and how the scholarship has impacted her college career.