CRTEC announces annual scholarship to the UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics

The Charlotte Regional Technology Executives Council shows support for future technology leaders in the Charlotte community

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (February 29, 2012) – Now in its second full year of operation, the Charlotte Regional Technology Executives Council (CRTEC) announced today that the organization will fund an annual scholarship to the UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics. CRTEC’s inaugural scholarship will be in the amount of $7,000, and will be awarded to undergraduate students in the college for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. CRTEC and UNC Charlotte anticipate that multiple scholarships will be awarded to high achieving students meeting stringent qualification criteria. Besides the financial grants, CRTEC will also offer mentorship opportunities to students, and the ability to get to know some of Charlotte’s great tech companies. CRTEC plans to fund the annual grant utilizing the proceeds it receives from CRTEC member dues and company sponsorships. 2012 sponsorships include Windstream Hosted Solutions (Platinum), TriNet (Gold), ATTUS Technologies (Gold), and Wishart Norris Henninger & Pittman (Gold).
CRTEC was founded in late 2010 by a group of passionate Charlotte-area technology executives and entrepreneurs. The organization is dedicated to the economic development of technology companies in the Charlotte region and the continuous education of its members. The council members are primarily volunteers comprised of entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and education affiliates. The CRTEC Board voted in early January to form the scholarship program in an effort to further invest in the up-and-coming technology leaders coming out of the Charlotte-based state University program. CRTEC President Paul Solitario states, “The CRTEC membership saw the scholarship program as a great opportunity to further invest in our technology community and local university system. We envision that graduates of the UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics will someday be Charlotte’s technology leaders and this is a fantastic way to invest in our technology community’s future.”

UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics. Marjorie Bray, Director of Development of the College says, “CRTEC has already been a great partner of the College. Dr. Yi Deng, Dean and Professor at UNC Charlotte, presented to CRTEC technology leaders back in November. From there our relationship has continued to prosper. When the Board came to us with the idea for the scholarship, we were thrilled to have an opportunity to further invest in our students but to also liaise with great technology leaders and businesses in our backyard. We anticipate that this will be a great partnership for the years to come.”
Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte and be from the greater Charlotte area. UNC Charlotte will review all applicants and announce all recipients later in 2012. It is anticipated that seven (7) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year.

About Charlotte Regional Technology Executives Council (CRTEC)
Founded in late 2010, CRTEC is an organization dedicated to the continuous education for its members and the economic development of technology companies in the Charlotte region. The council resources are primarily volunteers comprised of executive level technology leaders in this region. CRTEC is recognized as a 501(c) (6) non-profit organization. CRTEC has more than 60 members consisting of entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and education affiliates from the Charlotte region. To join the organization, local technology executive applicants are asked to fill out a membership application at http://www.techexeccouncil.org/Membership/JoinCRTEC.aspx. CRTEC typically holds monthly meetings at various venues throughout Charlotte.

About The College of Computing and Informatics
The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab. Active research grant awards total $35 million.

Media Contact:
Rob Cummings, CRTEC Board Member
704 231-6965
[email protected]

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