CSC News

October 30, 2008

Local Chapter of Society for Information Management Endows New Scholarship

The Society for Information Management - North Carolina Chapter (SIM-NC) has donated $25,000 to the department to establish a new scholarship endowment for computer science students at NC State University.

The new endowment will be called the SIM-NC Scholarship Endowment, and it will provide an annual needs-based scholarship award for a rising junior studying computer science.  The award may be renewable if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress as determined by his or her department head.

Dennis Daniel, an NC State Engineering alum and current president of SIM-NC, said that the organization and its executive members feel strongly about giving back and helping to nurture future generations of computer science professionals. 

“We’ve all benefited from the generosity of those who forged a path before us.  I personally remember the tremendous impact that scholarships and grants had on my academic career at NC State.  It is an honor for us to be able to leverage our success and give back to help future generations,” said Daniel.

SIM-NC has a long and successful history of partnering with NC State, and in particular, the department of computer science.  Through the efforts of Ed Galloway, SIM-NC board member emeritus, the organizations started an annual scholarship program several years ago, awarding two annual scholarships to deserving NC State computer science students valued at $2,500 each. The professional organization also took a lead role in last year’s award winning Geek-a-thon event on Centennial Campus, providing PC donations, sponsorship funding, and volunteer support to help student leaders refurbish over 200 PCs and redistribute them locally to needy middle school families.

Galloway says, “The endowment is the culmination of a partnership built upon trust, dedication and a common interest in helping students prepare for our industry.”

The first scholarship awards from the new endowment are expected to be awarded in the fall of 2010, and will supplement the existing scholarship program.

Ken Tate, director of development & external relations for the department, extended thanks and appreciation to SIM-NC for their support by saying, “Endowments such as this provide an incredible foundation of support, delivering scholarships to students in perpetuity…even during periods of economic uncertainty such as we face now.  We thank SIM-NC and its members for all they do to support our department and our students.”

SIM is an association of senior IT executives, prominent academicians, selected consultants, and other IT thought leaders built on the foundation of local chapters, who come together to share and enhance their rich intellectual capital for the benefit of its members and their organizations.

Individuals or corporations interested in contributing to this endowment should make their donations to the “NC State Engineering Foundation” noting for the “SIM-NC Scholarship Endowment” in the memo section.  Donations can be sent to the NC State Department of Computer Science, Campus Box 8206, Raleigh, NC 27695.

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