Chelsea Atkins, a junior aeronautics major at Kent State University, was recently awarded an Ohio Space Grant Consortium Junior Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year. Atkins, from Detroit, is one of about 100 students from 25 Ohio universities and colleges to receive this scholarship.
Atkins was recommended for this scholarship by members of KSU's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, including I. Richmond Nettey and Lawrence Epps.
For the project aspect of her application, Atkins, with help from Nettey, decided to do research on Next Gen, a program for the advancement of communication between pilots and air traffic controllers. Atkins will be researching the efficiency current implementations and providing her analysis of Next Gen and its future.
Atkins is currently the president of KSU's chapter of Women in Aviation, an organization for women in aeronautics-related majors.
The scholarship is worth $3,000 for the school year and is renewable.
This is KSU's first year as a member of the Ohio Space Grant Consortium, and Atkins is the third recipient of the scholarship.
from the university in that time.
"One of the biggest challenges that we face in the STEM field is getting students to actually take the time to apply for the scholarship," said Gerald Thompkins, Ph.D., Ohio Space Grant Consortium administrator at KSU. "For Chelsea to be a recipient of this prestigious scholarship is really significant because she is only one of three students to have received it here at Kent State."
Atkins says that receiving the scholarship means everything to her.
"This scholarship is very helpful in that it gives me one less thing to worry about this semester," Atkins said.
She says that this is the first semester that she has not had to pay out of pocket for school. Atkins also is appreciative of the help and guidance from both Nettey and Epps.
"They both have made me feel comfortable since I got here, and they make me feel like I can do anything," she said.
For more information about the Ohio Space Grant Consortium and its scholarships, visit http://www.osgc.org/.
For more information about Kent State's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, visit www.kent.edu/caest.