Two students earn scholarships from Tau Beta Pi

November 25, 2019

The Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society recently presented the 2019 Mississippi Alpha Excellence Scholarship to two Bagley College of Engineering students.

2019 winners of the Tau Beta Pi Excellence scholarship

Drake Pace and LeAnn Ward are the 2019 winners of the Tau Beta Pi Excellence scholarship. They are pictured with assistant professor of mechanical engineering and TBP chapter advisor Matthew Priddy. (photo by Kristen Polk)

LeAnn Ward and Drake Pace, both seniors majoring in biomedical engineering, were selected as this year’s recipients by the Tau Beta Pi scholarship committee. The scholarship provides $500 per academic semester to each student and is awarded based on academic achievement and community service.

Pace, a native of Sumrall, Mississippi, is appreciative of all of the opportunities Tau Beta Pi has given him. To Pace, the scholarship is an honor and recognition of the hard work and academic excellence that Tau Beta Pi strives for and expects for the students and members.

“The scholarship is just one addition to the many ways Tau Beta Pi gives back to its members,” said Pace. “I am truly thankful to be awarded this scholarship.”

For Ward, a native of Brandon, Mississippi, the scholarship will help with graduate school applications and will help her add uniqueness to her resume.

“I am thankful to Tau Beta Pi for presenting me with this scholarship and the opportunities this organization has brought me,” said Ward. “I am grateful to be their Vice President.”

Upon graduation, Ward plans to work toward furthering her education to obtain a Ph.D. in bioinformatics. Pace hopes to attend medical school to one day become an orthopedic surgeon.

Tau Beta Pi is the nation’s second-oldest honor society and is dedicated to instilling integrity and excellence in engineering. It was founded at Lehigh University in 1885. Today there are chapters at 248 colleges and universities with over 594,000 total members.

Mississippi State’s chapter, designated as Mississippi Alpha, was founded in 1928 and was the first to be founded in Mississippi.

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By: Kaleigh Walker