2017- Scholarship Recipients

2016 – 2017 Twin Cities Professional Chapter Scholarship Recipients

We have partnered with local and corporate sponsors to reward academic excellence and servant leadership within the Twin Cities. Please join us in congratulating the Spring 2017 Scholars:

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Book Award Recipient

Mbathio Diagne

Expected Graduation: Spring 2019


University of Minnesota, Electrical Engineering

“The best way to creatively encourage young black students to pursue a STEM degree is through mainstream media and entertainment simply because ‘you can’t be what you can’t see.’”

Mbathio is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. She works currently as a data and web assistant for North Star STEM Alliance and tutors high school students in mathematics and helps them prepare for college through the Prepare2Nspire program. She served as the secretary for the NSBE UMN chapter this year and will serve as a senator for 2017-2018. This summer, she will be interning as a Very-large-scale integration (VLSI) design engineer at IBM.

Eaton Corporation Book Award Recipient

Giselle Beebe

Expected Graduation: Spring 2019


University of Minnesota, Material Science and Engineering

“Diverse spaces lead to better conversation and more representation, which is extremely important when encouraging young students.”

Giselle Beebe is a Junior Studying Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Chemistry. She will be interning at Land O’Lakes for the Summer of 2017 as a Supply Chain and Operations Quality Intern. Giselle is very passionate about STEM Education and being a role model for black youth who may not have exposure to STEM. For her higher education, she is interested in obtaining an MBA to build a bridge between engineering and business.

Target Corporation Book Award Recipient

Victoria Idowu

Expected Graduation: Spring 2017


University of Minnesota, Speech – Language- Hearing Sciences

“… If more professionals are a ladder to the younger generation, more and more will be inspired in the near future. I am pursuing my future endeavors with this importance in my heart.”

 Victoria is a Senior pursuing a degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and a minor in Public Health. She currently works as a research assistant in the Sensory aid and Perception lab and volunteers in a program called The Ladder; working with health professionals to mentor kids in North Minneapolis who are interested in health careers. Ms. Idowu is planning on pursuing an M.D in Otolaryngology and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience focusing on sensorineural hearing loss and genetic deafness so that she can pursue her life mission to bridge the health gap in under-represented communities in Minnesota and in the US.

United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Servant Leadership Award Recipient

Ayele Ekue

Expected Graduation: Spring 2018


University of Minnesota, Biochemistry

Ayele is a junior pursuing a degree in Biochemistry. She works as a research assistant in Dr. Gutknecht’s lab and is also a banker at TCF Bank. Her long term goals include becoming a medical doctor as well as using her math and science background to work with other engineers towards providing efficient medical technologies for developing countries. She will be taking some classes this summer, working in the lab and volunteering. Next year, she will take her NSBE leadership further by joining the executive board, as the Membership Chair.


United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Servant Leadership Recipient

Samson Ghirmai

Expected Graduation: Spring 2020

University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering

Samson is currently finishing up a successful first year. He is enrolled as a student within the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Mechanical Engineering Degree. He gratefully accepted the position to be the treasurer for the NSBE board during the 2017-2018 year. He would like to get more involved with the organization after his experience at the national convention. This summer he will be working with the Presidents Emerging Scholars program preparing to be a Peer Mentor for the incoming freshmen.


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