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Judith A. Resnik Memorial Scholarship

In 1991, Women’s Network established the Judith A. Resnik Scholarship Fund, a fund of Akron Community Foundation, in honor of fallen astronaut Dr. Judith Arlene Resnik.

Judith Resnik is an inspiration for all women. A 1966 graduate of Firestone High School in Akron, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1970, and a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1977.

On January 28, 1986, Dr. Resnik and her fellow crew members tragically perished when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after takeoff.

To keep her memory alive, Women’s Network, Inc. established a scholarship fund to be annually awarded to a female high school senior who has been accepted into an appropriate baccalaureate program at a four-year, accredited college and is pursuing a career in math, science or engineering. The scholarship award is $1,000 per academic year and is renewable for a total of four years. The recipient must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher to remain eligible.

Just as Judith reached for the stars, the scholarship supports young women with the same goal.

  2015 Resnik Scholarship Application
Deadline: Must be postmarked by
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Judith A. Resnik Scholarship Winners

2014  Ann Graff, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Ann plans to attend Ohio State University to study engineering. She looks forward to making a lasting difference in the lives others through her work.

2013   Victoria Hicks, Jackson High School
    Victoria will be attending Ohio State University, pursuing a degree in Material Science Engineering. She hopes to take her love of math & science and use it to invent things that will better the lives of others.

2012   Caren Dieglio, Archbishop Hoban High 

   Caren will attend the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

2011    Kelly McCary, Medina High School
Ohio State University,  Major in Engineering Physics with a minor in Nuclear Engineering Her goal is to be selected for the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program during her sophomore year, and enter the Navy as a Nuclear Engineer.

2010    Michelle Hummel  Jackson High School

2009    Erica Loughry:
Erica is majoring in industrial and systems engineering, with a minor in Spanish, at Ohio State University.  Erica is looking for a summer 2011 internship, and reaches out to the members of Women's Network for potential opportunities.

2008    Cady Bruce :  
Cady is currently pursuing a mechanical engineering degree and a minor in business at the University of Akron.  Last semester, Fall 2010, Cady's marketing class afforded her the exciting opportunity to work on a project with the Goodyear blimp!

2007    Marissa Tousley
2006    Vicki Chuang
2005    Katherine E. Nykiel
2004    Katheryn N. Gabet
2003    Larisa M. Klubnik
    Larisa is now a Operations Research/Cost Analyst at TASC, Inc  in Chantilly, VA.  Larisa college experience includes:
  • B.S in Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University, 2003 
  • M.E. in Systems Engineering, University of Virgina, 2010
2002    Caroline Munroe
2001    Debra Wilson
2000    Rebecca Miller
1999    Jennifer Bickerstaff
            Mary Balint
            Melissa Simmons
            Melissa Van Horn
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