Engineering students receiving scholarships as Duke Energy Scholars

Five Western Carolina University engineering students have been awarded scholarships as Duke Energy Scholars.

All are juniors or seniors from North Carolina. The recipients are Lauren Ashley Gearhart of Topton, Kristina Lo of Conover, Adrian Lorenzo Correa of Cary, Stephanie Hana Tucker of Jacksonville and Samantha Jade Brooks of Whittier.

Jeff Ray

“In addition to the financial support for these students, this is further recognition of the excellence in our engineering and engineering technology programs,” said Jeff Ray, dean of WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology. “Because the engineering and engineering technology programs are applied in nature, featuring our project-based learning approach to engineering education, our students are well prepared when they enter the workforce.”

The total of $50,000 in scholarships awarded to WCU students is part of Duke Energy Foundation support of programs across the state that are focused on STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), childhood reading proficiency and workforce development.

“We are committed to developing a diverse workforce that will move our industry and state forward,” said Lisa Leatherman, Duke Energy district manager. “These bright young women exemplify our future workforce and we’re proud to help them reach their full learning potential.”

WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of degree programs in engineering, engineering technology and construction management. Each program is centered on preparing students for career success through project-based learning and engaging students and faculty in productive partnerships with business and industry for economic development.

For more information about programs offered by the College of Engineering and Technology, visit the website or call 828-227-7368.