ATHENS — Three students received $500 scholarships for outstanding leadership at the Georgia Technology Student Association (TSA) State Leadership Conference held recently at The Classic Center.
Dipan Patel, a senior at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, and Maximilian Wang, a freshman at the same school, received the Briscoe Biotechnology Award during an awards ceremony at the end of the three-day TSA conference on March 2.
Wesley Newton, a senior at Lowndes High School., received the E.H. Culpepper Award as the Georgia TSA Outstanding Student for 2013.
TSA is a national co-curricular student association for middle and high school students who are involved in Engineering & Technology Education pathway programs. It offers students the opportunity to extend their experiences beyond the classroom in an after-school student organization. At the heart of TSA is a combined 70 competitive events related to the subject content of the Engineering & Technology Education Pathway. They range from leadership oriented events, such as Outstanding Student and Prepared Presentation, to Engineering and Technology related onsite problem solving challenges and research/interview events such as Engineering Design, Structural Engineering, Computer Aided Design and Biotechnology Design.
“Georgia TSA deeply appreciates the support that the Athens Area Community Foundation gives to our students through the Briscoe and E.H. Culpepper awards,” said Georgia TSA Executive Director Steve Price, an educator and TSA Chapter Advisor for 32 years. “My former chapter had several students who benefited from the scholarships.”
Both the Briscoe Biotechnology Award and the E.H. Culpepper Award are administered by the Athens Area Community Foundation. The students have the option to use the scholarships to cover expenses to the national TSA convention or to pay for college tuition.
The Briscoe Biotechnology Award was established by Ms. Matt Dixon in honor of her brother, Charles Briscoe, who lost his battle with multiple myeloma, but continues to be an inspiration to others through philanthropy and support for education. The E.H. Culpepper Award was established by Ms. Kitty Culpepper in honor of her husband, E.H., who lost his battle with cancer, but lives on through the leadership he provided for local and regional community development.