Atlanta Chapter of ARCS Foundation Celebrates 25 years of Support for Promising Scientists

ARCS Foundation in Atlanta selects Anniversary Scholars, welcomes Northside Hospital as new sponsor, and celebrates cumulative giving of $4.5 million to young STEM scientists.

ATLANTA, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Atlanta chapter of ARCS® Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation, Inc.) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in academic year 2016-2017 by awarding $370,000 to 50 outstanding graduate and undergraduate scholars pursuing degrees in science, technology and medical research in Georgia. Since the founding of the Atlanta chapter in 1992, ARCS Atlanta has presented over $4.5 million scholar awards to promising students at four partner schools: Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse College, and the University of Georgia.

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"Our goal has remained the same for 25 years. ARCS Foundation's mission is to advance science in America. We keep America competitive by investing in the best and brightest young scientists at our partner institutions. As a result, these young scholars have gone on to start companies, earn patents and teach at leading research universities," says Atlanta chapter President Sara Jean Burke.

The first three scholar awards totaling $15,000 were granted in 1992. These awardees have gone on to very successful careers. Dr. David Austin is a prominent New York science-centered patent attorney; Dr. Bryan Derrickson is a professor of biology at Valencia College and textbook author; and, Dr. Deborah Kilpatrick is the CEO of a high tech company Evidation Health. Dr. Kilpatrick was recently recognized by Business Insiders as one of the world's most powerful female engineers.

Northside Hospital, headquartered in Atlanta, recognizes the value of ARCS Foundation in keeping America competitive and has become a new sponsor of our 25th Anniversary Scholar Award Ceremony to be held in November 2016.

"Northside Hospital is proud to support ARCS Foundation and the education of many of our country's future engineers, scientists and medical researchers. Advancements in technology and research allow Northside to stay in the forefront of medicine and provide the best care possible to our patients. Behind every discovery is an idea and a talented individual who has worked tirelessly to achieve his or her goals. Northside Hospital is excited to help foster that initiative and dedication," stated Lee Echols, Vice President of Marketing and Communication for the hospital, when the sponsorship was announced.

"We are thrilled to have Northside as a sponsor for the signature event honoring our outstanding scholars. We have come a long way from raising $15,000 for three scholar awards in that first year to today when we are raising over $370,000 and awarding 50 scholar awards," states Burke. Joining Northside Hospital in support of Atlanta ARCS are chapter members, friends and other Atlanta-based companies and foundations.

As part of the 25th celebration, special one-time anniversary scholar awards will be presented to Emily Crispell, doctoral scholar in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Emory University; Daniel Moreno, doctoral scholar in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech; Amir Hobson, B.S Candidate in Chemistry at Morehouse College; and Daniel Becker, doctoral scholar in Ecology at the University of Georgia.

Nationwide, since its founding in California in 1958, the all female ARCS Foundation now grown to 16 chapters with 1,300 members. Over the years, the organization has raised and awarded over $100,000 million to almost 10,000 of the most promising young US scientists to help them successfully complete their degrees in the STEM fields.

About ARCS Foundation:

ARCS Foundation is a national nonprofit volunteer women's organization that promotes American competitiveness by supporting talented U.S. citizens working to complete degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health disciplines at the nation's leading research colleges and universities. Since 1958, the organization has awarded more than $100 million to more than 9,500 students. ARCS Scholars have produced thousands of research publications and patents, secured billions in subsequent grant funding, started science-related companies, and played a significant role in teaching and mentoring young people in the STEM pipeline. More at

Media Contact: Alicia McCabe, ARCS Foundation, Inc., Atlanta Chapter, (404) 210-0470,

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