Axalta FTC scholarship awarded

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Axalta awards Georgia Mackay, Newark High School senior and MOE robotics team member, the Axalta First State Robotics Scholarship. Left to right, Michael Mackay-Georgia’s father, Georgia Mackay and Axalta’s Lisa Miree-Luke. Photo: Axalta


Georgia Mackay, Newark High School senior, was named 2016 recipient of Axalta’s First State Robotics Scholarship last week (February 6) at the 2016 Diamond State FIRST Tech Challenge Championship. Mackay was selected for her scholastic achievement, dedication and excellent contributions to the Miracles of Engineering (MOE) robotics team. She plans to attend the University of Delaware this fall to study engineering.

“Axalta is happy to support such a talented group of young men and women,” said Lisa Miree-Luke, Axalta’s Head of Corporate Affairs, North America.  “These bright minds are the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.  We are pleased to support the organization that helps these kids unleash their potential and encourage students to take advantage of life’s opportunities.”

FSR Board president, Peggy Vavalla, congratulated Georgia and praised her success. “It is exciting to see a young woman like her strive to become a leader in the engineering fields. In addition, I would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Axalta for their continued involvement. Their support helps us to bring programs like FTC to the Delaware community.”

Axalta’s sponsorship was recognized by a “thumbs-up” in Saturday, February 13, editorial in Delaware News Journal.

Deadline extended for Axalta Scholarship applications

Axalta Coating Systems has offered $2500 college scholarship to seniors in Delaware’s FIRST Tech Competion teams.  The scholarship committee has announced an extension to application time frame–  until November 9, 2015

Information about the sponsor, Axalta, as well as the scholarship application and process can be found here.

Axalta Coating Systems Robotics Scholarship Program


Through a generous offer from Axalta Coating Systems, high school seniors currently participating in the Delaware FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) have the chance to receive special recognition. In February 2016, Axalta will award one (1) $2500 non-renewable scholarship to an exceptionally promising student to help them reach their full potential through higher education.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a high school senior in 2015/2016 school year.
  • Plan to attend an accredited college starting Fall 2016, working towards a Bachelor’s degree or STEM based certification.
  • Participate actively on a Delaware FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

In addition. applicants must submit a completed application form with 500 word essay, along with a high school transcript to First State Robotics.

Scholarship winner will be announced February 6, 2016 at Delaware State FTC championship event at Delaware State University in Dover, DE.

How to Apply:

Download an application– click here

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