TechStart Education Foundation, Oregon’s only industry sponsored non-profit providing teacher professional development and student learning activities in computer science, awarded both a scholarship and an educator grant at the Software Association of Oregon’s 2012 Member Gala Event on Thursday, May 3rd.
Zachary William Hudson, a graduating senior at Amity High School, was awarded with the 2012 Student Technologist of the Year Award. The TechStart Scholarship Committee is proud to recognize the accomplishments of such an outstanding student and he was presented with a $1,500 scholarship to apply towards tuition and coursework materials. Zachary, as part of the award, also has a paid internship opportunity with Cambia Health Solutions Information Technology Group. “I’ve been reviewing scholarship applications for over three years for TechStart and Zachary is one of the most outstanding applicants I’ve ever had the opportunity to come in contact with” said Mark Lawler, chairman of this year’s Scholarship Committee and Chief Technology Officer at Cambia. Mary McDermott, Zachary’s primary technology educator at Amity High School, was also presented with a $500 directed grant to continue computer science and technology education programs in her classroom at Amity High School. This new enhancement to the scholarship program recognizes the significance of the educator to the scholarship winner.
This year’s scholarship, internship, and educator grant were funded though a generous donation from Cambia Health Solutions’ Community Leadership Fund, which directs donations to worthy causes such as TechStart.