Dear Prospective Hokie:

It seems only yesterday I confronted the decision that you now face – deciding what college to attend. Like you I considered several schools with exceptional programs for what at the time I thought my major would be, in both Virginia and neighboring states. Realizing technology and computers were fundamental in business, I had settled on computer engineering. My search was for a well-respected technology school that offered more than just a great education for my collegiate experience. My siblings had attended Tech and other great schools (including UVA ☹), so the campus visits began. Once I saw the Blue Ridge Mountains dressed in their fall colors, I knew Blacksburg was the place for me.

Throughout my time at Tech, I took advantage of the numerous programs and activities offered: student clubs and organizations, campus entertainment, volunteer opportunities, intramural sports, and cheering for college sports. In addition, I didn’t miss a beat when I changed my mind and switched academic programs into an equally recognized business school as an accounting information systems major with an English minor. Looking back I can’t imagine having spent these critical formative years anywhere else.

Nikki Giovanni proclaimed to the entire world, ‘We Are Virginia Tech.’ With every passing year the more evident I realize this is, from the renewed strength of this alumni chapter, to the ability to encounter Hokies almost anywhere. Hokie alumni are extremely faithful, and offer great professional networks. In fact, there are over 4,000 alumni living and working in the Atlanta area. I frequently encounter them when out and about in Atlanta and when traveling. We have an active chapter in Atlanta that plans fun activities for Tech grads and provides opportunities for our alumni to give back to the university.

That is where I come in. As the scholarship chair for the Atlanta Alumni Chapter, I want to inform you about two scholarships that we will award to Georgia high school seniors enrolling at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2020. Selections will be based on academic achievement, essay responses, extracurricular involvement and community service. The online application is due no later than May 15, 2020.

Feel free to contact me at 404-314-5733 or if you have any questions. I wish you the best of luck with your senior year, and hope to welcome you to the Virginia Tech family as a member of the Class of 2024.


Mary Starks
Atlanta Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association               

No transcript or letters of recommendation required.