Scholarship Helps Kumpatla Add Conference to Her Vol Engagement
Sreya Kumpatla, a sophomore in aerospace engineering, earned a scholarship from the American Association of University Women to attend their May 2021 conference.
Kumpatla, no stranger to being accredited with numerous awards, is a Peyton Manning Scholar and currently serves as an ambassador for the Tickle College of Engineering. She is also involved in many numerous organizations on campus. She currently serves as the aerospace engineering ambassador for the Society of Women Engineers on campus. Along with that, she is also the elementary education chair for the event Tomorrow’s Engineers Today.
Kumpatla initially learned about the scholarship from one of her mentors, Lisa Byrd.
“One day after class, she pulled me aside and asked me if she could nominate me for this scholarship, because of the great potential I had been showing in my organizations,” she said.
Kumpatla was elated when she learned she had received the scholarship.
“It was a great feeling when I found out,” she said. “It is a lot of support and faith that has been put in me, with this award because I never thought I would even get it in the first place.”
While it is still up in the air if the conference will be occurring in person or virtually, Kumpatla remains positive.
“This scholarship is also something that is giving me hope,” she said. “And something to look forward to as the unusual circumstances of COVID have impacted this school year.”