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Inaugural Albert Scholars Named

Corin Brown, a civil engineering major from Boone, and Henry Speaker, a mechanical engineering major from Takoma Park, Md., are the first recipients of the Albert Engineering Leadership Scholarship, established in 2014 through a gift from alumni Craig and Darla Albert.

The Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program was created to emphasize applied learning, campus involvement and professional development. Albert, who requested the program focus on fostering leadership skills, said, "I’ve seen how important leadership is in accomplishing great things and I believe the best leaders in our country have good technical backgrounds in addition to good leadership skills. I think engineers, because of their technical background, have the potential to be the best leaders, so I want to teach engineers about leadership so they can leverage more than their own personal capability."

Albert Scholarship covers tuition and fees, housing and meals, books, a laptop computer, summer experiences, participation in the Lee College for Engineering Leadership Academy, study abroad opportunities and a professional development stipend.

Charlotte Venture Challenge Call for Applications

The Charlotte Venture Challenge, the Southeast’s premiere business innovation competition, will take place in partnership with the Southeast Venture Conference (SEVC), which returns to Charlotte Tuesday, March 31, through Thursday, April 2.

The competition is open to early-stage companies from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia and Washington, D.C. Commercial companies compete in one of four categories: new energy and high tech; IT and informatics; health IT and biotech sciences; and general, which includes consumer products. Student teams will compete in either graduate student ventures or undergraduate student ventures.

Applications must be submitted by noon, Tuesday, March 3.