Tracee Turnbaugh, a Computer Information Systems major from North Clarendon, Vermont, was recently awarded the 2019 First Generation Student Scholarship from the Vermont Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research’s Center for Workforce Development and Diversity. The award is given to first-generation and Native American college students entering a STEM-related academic program at a Vermont college or university. Turnbaugh is the second Castleton student to ever receive the award.
Before her time at Castleton, she received her associate degree in Business Administration & Management at the University of Cincinnati. When not in the classroom, Turnbaugh works in the IT Services office where she supports students and faculty with any technical issues.
VT EPSCoR is a Burlington-based non-profit organization that oversees three separate branches of research. Its Center for Workforce Development and Diversity (CWDD) recognizes the importance of cultivating and preparing a diverse STEM workforce in Vermont, and awards scholarships to students who show academic excellence, outstanding credentials, and positive career goals.
EPSCoR's Center for Workforce Development and Diversity integrates both students and teachers into active research. With that research, CWDD hopes it will inspire students to get involved in STEM studies.
The 2019-20 academic year marks the eighth year of the scholarship, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Even though many apply, only a select few are chosen for the scholarship due to their academic standing and qualifications.
Turnbaugh will be recognized at the VT EPSCoR Scholarship Awards Ceremony in August.