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Watford Inclusion Scholarship

$1k to 4 students ($4k total)

Dean Bevlee A. Watford graduated from Virginia Tech in 1981 with a Mining Engineering degree. She  went on to earn an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research both at Virginia Tech. Dean Watford served as the first Director of Minority Engineering Programs and went on to found the Center for  the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). As the director of CEED, Dean Watford worked to increase enrollment and retention in the College of Engineering. After working at Virginia Tech for only five years, she became the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and then the Associate Dean of Equity and Engagement. Outside of Virginia Tech, Dean Watford was the first black woman to be president of the American Society of Engineering Education and chair of the Diversity Task Force. Dean Watford is known as a pioneer in engineering education, pushing for the inclusion of all students within the engineering field.

The Watford Inclusion Scholarship is awarded annually to one incoming student who will be recognized at the SEC Awards Banquet to be used during their four years at Virginia Tech ($1k annually)


Please stay tuned for requirements regarding this scholarship. It will be annually awarded to an incoming student begining next year.