New Scholarship Opportunity for Girls Interested in Computers
Lynda Y. Tucker Memorial Scholarship Application
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Scholarship Overview: The University of South Alabama’s School of Computing will award a scholarship for $1000 to an individual who will be pursuing a degree in Health Informatics, Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science, or Computer and Information Sciences at USA. The winner will be selected by USA's Jaguar Women in Technology (JWIT) chapter and announced at the Distinguished Young Women Community Night on June 26th in Mobile, AL.
Submission Instructions: Students wishing to apply for this scholarship should submit this completed application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria: Applicants should be in 8th grade during the 2018-19 school year. Recipients must be admitted as an undergraduate student at USA in the School of Computing and have a minimum score of 23 on the ACT/converted SAT and a minimum of a 3.0 high school GPA or converted equivalent.
Contact Information: Ms. Brittney Bookerjwit@southalabama.edu
Purpose of the Scholarship: Lynda Young Tucker was an inspirational person who touched the lives of everyone with whom she came into contact. Born in Chattanooga, TN, she was a Girl Scout and high school athlete before graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Education and developing her career as a junior high school Physical Education teacher. Lynda was an accomplished horsewoman and tennis player, but her greatest passion was coaching girls’ softball and basketball.
At the age of 36, Lynda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which eventually robbed her of the use of her arms and legs. Even though she could feel everything, she was unable to move anything from the neck down. Despite her disability, advances in adaptive technology allowed Lynda to break out of the confines of her body. Special voice recognition software and a mouth-controlled pointing stick allowed her to work part-time as an administrative assistant for a local business, maintain her church’s prayer list and communicate with her family and friends. One of her most amazing contributions was as a counselor for a local suicide crisis hotline. Most callers to the hotline she answered never realized that the woman with whom they were talking had faced more hardships than they could ever imagine. She was also very involved in both the local and national MS Societies as a volunteer fundraiser.
Lynda suffered physically for the rest of her life because of the severity of her disease, but her courageous spirit would not let her quit. In her memory, a scholarship has been established to benefit girls who would like to pursue a degree in computing. The scholarship will be a one-time gift of $1,000 to be used for tuition, fees, books, or other associated educational costs. To apply for this scholarship applicants should submit an essay detailing how they would use a computing degree from the University of South Alabama to help other people.