Lauren Beard at Belk Bowl at Charlotte, NC in December 2016.

Lauren Beard at Belk Bowl at Charlotte, NC in December 2016.
Lauren Beard at the Belk Bowl at Charlotte, NC in December 2016.

(August 30, 2017) An ISE junior, Lauren Beard, recently received the Wenger Family Scholarship, which was created to reward two outstanding Engineering students who are also members of the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech.  She was chosen to be a recipient due to her excellent academic performance, letters of recommendation from faculty members, exemplary record of participation in the Marching Virginians, and her responses to the essay on “The value of your participation in The Marching Virginians while pursuing a degree in Engineering.”

In her winning essay, she described profound influences on her academic success, professional skills, and holistic wellbeing by being a member of the Marching Virginians while pursuing a degree in engineering.  She identified six similarities from two areas (Marching Virginians and Engineering) that may not have obvious connections, then delineated what she has learned from the experiences in combination of the two areas and how she has applied those lessons to her personal growth and to preparation for the real world.

This summer, Lauren worked as an intern in Sam's Club Operations Transformation Department at their home office in Bentonville, Arkansas. She completed a project focused on space utilization on Club Pickup, the curbside grocery pickup service. She designed and implemented a "staging" method (where carts are stored) that reduced member wait time upon check-in by 23.17%.  She also participated in a week-long intensive marching band camp as a returning trombone player, prior to the beginning of Fall 2017 semester.

The Marching Virginians is a 350-member-strong band, also known as “The Spirit of Tech.” The Wenger family created this merit-based scholarship fund to help ensure the Marching Virginians continue to recruit the best musicians and scholars.  Claire Petrie, an ISE Class of 2017 graduate, was one of the two recipients of the scholarship in 2016.