Below are the winners of the 2017 AUI Trustee Scholarship competition conducted by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. These students will each receive an award of $3,500 per year to aid in defraying expenses at the college or university of their choice.
Kate is a senior at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. She will attend the University of Alabama in the fall where she will study biology with a concentration in pre-dental studies. Throughout high school, Kate has participated in many school activities, including field hockey and the Key Club. She also competed in hunter/jumper equestrian events and currently trains ponies and gives riding lessons. Kate spends her weekdays after school caring for and tutoring a special needs child. One of her fondest high school memories is meeting Governor Terry McAuliffe and discussing her research project on the local electorate during the 2016 Presidential Election. Kate is also a member of the Bekah Imagery modeling team.
Kate is the daughter of Lynn Bradley and Rich Bradley, a scientist / research engineer at the Central Development Laboratory in Charlottesville.
Maria is a senior at Socorro High School, where she holds a 4.5 GPA. She is a member of the National Honors Society, Track and Field Team, and Science Olympiad Team, and she is a National Merit Finalist. She has been a state finalist and varsity lettered each year of her participation in Track. She has received multiple medals at the state level in Science Olympiad. Her involvement in Science Olympiad has inspired her to pursue a career in Biophysics.
In addition to a full schedule of honors and college level courses (many at NM Tech), she has participated in various community theater productions, including roles as the Artful Dodger in Oliver, and as the lead in Mary Poppins. She directed the Socorro Youth Theater production of Space Pirates. Maria played piano with the New Mexico Tech Chamber Orchestra for two years. She now accompanies the San Miguel Church choir. Along with playing piano, she enjoys ballroom dance, hiking, and writing.
In the fall, Maria will attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she has been awarded the Presidential Scholarship. She will pursue degrees in Biophysics and Music. Maria is the daughter of Chris and Adrianna Carilli. Chris has worked as a scientist at NRAO, Socorro, New Mexico for close to 30 years.
Matthew is a senior at Socorro High School. On his way to achieving a 4.0 GPA, he has completed three math classes at New Mexico Tech and participated multiple years in the MESA program and state Science Olympiad events. Matthew has been an officer of the school’s Rotary Interact Club for the past two years, and for the SHS chapter of the National Honor Society during his senior year. He has been a volunteer for a variety of community events and organizations throughout his time at school. For relaxation, Matthew enjoys video games, weightlifting, and playing piano.
Matthew has been accepted to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and plans to major in Nursing. He is the son of Dale Frail and Ruth Milner. Dale is an astronomer at NRAO in Socorro. Ruth is an Information Systems Analyst for NRAO’s Computing and Information Services division.
Kayla is a senior at Pocahontas County High School where she currently maintains a 4.30 GPA. Throughout high school, she has held many leadership positions, such as being a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Rotary Interact Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, and Student Leadership Association. She has served on the School Improvement Council and was selected as the Board of Education Student Representative during her senior year. She has been active with co-curricular activities such as Project Christmas and Natural Helpers.
Outside of school, Kayla is currently Vice President of the Minnehaha Springs 4-H Club. She is an active member of the Huntersville Baptist Church Youth Group, where she attends summer FUGE Missionary Camps and volunteers with church project activities such as Kidz Closet coat and backpack giveaways, Pocahontas Center Nursing Home, and Denmar Correctional Birthing Center. Kayla has volunteered at the McClintic Public Library, local food pantry, and Red Cross. She has volunteered several years at Energy Express, a summer reading program designed for under privileged children. Last summer, Kayla was selected as the Americorps Volunteer Affiliate where she recruited and helped supervise volunteers.
In the fall, Kayla will attend West Virginia University where she will be majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Kayla is the daughter of Sarah and Duane Gibson. Sarah is an Accountant in the AUI Fiscal Department at the Green Bank site.
Thomas McEvoy is a senior at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland. He immigrated to the United States from Chile with his family in 2013. During his three high school years, he has completed 13 Advanced Placement classes, and holds a 4.71 GPA. He aims to attend University of Maryland, College Park, to study Economics, Psychology and maybe a third major, and complete his degree in three years.
He has a strong social conscience, has participated in a local program focused on assisting elderly residents of Montgomery County, volunteered at a DC-based branch of a national nonprofit dedicated to ending intergenerational poverty, and is very engaged as a mentor in an initiative to increase the academic achievement of minority students and the number of minority students in Honors and Advanced Placement classes. He has also represented his school as a student delegate at YMCA Maryland State House in Annapolis.
His limited spare time is taken up listening to a quite eclectic collection of world music, occasional crowd-surfing and mosh-pitting at DC concerts, plentiful exercise, practicing various handicrafts, studying philosophy, and playing soccer. He enjoys new and varied experiences, such as when he did a tandem parachute jump from 11,000 feet to celebrate his 18th birthday.
Tom is the son of Pete McEvoy and Heleny Zafiropulos. Pete is Vice President for Administration at Associated Universities, Inc.
Juliana is a senior at Magdalena High School where she is an active member in her high school student government as well as the National Honor Society. Juliana is the vice president of her class and the NHS. She has completed over forty hours of community service each year with her involvement in these clubs. She has volunteered multiple times over the course of the year with the local Road Runner Food distribution, her church, blood drives, as well as Pennies for Patients. She has organized numerous activities and fundraisers for her class as well as student government and National Honor Society. Juliana was also a member of FFA for one year and 4-H for two years.
Juliana received an academic letter; she is an honor roll student and a member of the Renaissance Club. She has taken dual credit courses since her junior year and will graduate with thirty college credit hours this May. One of these dual credit courses is a Certified Nursing Assistant class; she is currently in her second rotation of clinicals for the class. After graduating, Juliana will take an exam for her nursing assistant certification. Juliana has participated in varsity sports since she was a freshman. She was the captain of the volleyball team and was chosen to play in the North/South All-Star volleyball game in June. Juliana played basketball for two years in high school and participated in track and field for three years. She was awarded All-District in volleyball for three years and honorable mention one year for basketball. She has also been awarded a Letterman’s award for participating in three sports in a year.
Juliana is the daughter of Michael Zamora. Michael is a Technical Specialist in the Cryogenics Group at the VLA. Michael has been with the NRAO for nearly 30 years.