Tony Reynolds, a Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) Information Technology student, is the first BTC student and one of the first two Wisconsin Technical College System students ever to be awarded the Betty Stevens-Frecknall Scholarship from the Foundation for Information Technology Education.
Reynolds joins Cheryl Kay Books of Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton as the winners of the scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. The scholarships have been awarded since 2000.
“This award has validated my hard work and has pushed me to accomplish even more,’’ Reynolds said.
Reynolds is a member of the BTC chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Membership is one of the criteria for the scholarship.
“I have learned a lot from BTC and AITP, and I have been utilizing the skills and knowledge I have learned,’’ Reynolds said. “I am excited about the career path I have chosen, and I would encourage anyone who wants a career or is looking for a new one to take BTC into consideration.’’
Other criteria for scholarship consideration are a declared major in a computer technology discipline and a grade point average of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0; at least one full semester of post-secondary education (12 credits); enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited institution; and a United States citizen or permanent resident.
In addition to a full course load, Reynolds works full-time as a developer at Foremost Media in Janesville.
“I believe that Tony’s success typifies the excellence and abilities of most graduates from the Blackhawk Technical College Information Technology Web Analyst Programmer Program,’’ said Jeff Scott, a Computer Information System Programmer/Analyst instructor at Blackhawk.
The annual scholarships are gifts from the estate of Betty Stevens-Frecknall, who began her career in computers as a cardpunch operator as a civilian employee in the U.S. Navy. She eventually became a systems analyst for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and a prominent member of the Washington, D.C., chapter of AITP.
Applications for the scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year will be available in January. Interested students should check the AITP website at http://www.edfoundation.org/bettystevensfrecknallscholarship.htm.