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Dr. Deanna Muckerson Castle
STEM Scholarship 2024


The Dr Deanna Muckerson Castle Scholarship was established to recognize students majoring in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field, excelling in academics, and demonstrating significant potential.

Dr. Castle attended Virginia Union University, majoring in Mathematics. After graduation, she furthered her career as a Program Manager in Information Systems at Honeywell and was later promoted to Director of Corporate Information Technology. As Dr. Castle’s career flourished, she returned to school earning an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree from Arizona State University and later earned her PhD in Organizational Management from Capella University.
For over 50 years, Dr. Castle has dedicated her life to service with an underlying passion for math and technology.  This includes tutoring students and adults in math during her undergraduate studies and professional career, serving as a Girl Scout Troop Leader at Tanner Chapel African American Episcopal Church for 17years, establishing a myriad of volunteer opportunities, and raising and donating funds to organizations and deserving families in need.
Her educational journey has been the driving force that allowed her to not only pursue personal interests but to also develop her creative and innovative spirit.  Dr. Castle has authored two books, “Hosting an International Conference” and “Virtual Teams”.  Dr. Castle continues to be a lfie long learner in order to share her knowledge with others., she remains steadfast in supporting students to develop a passion to serve through a STEM career.
In recognition of Dr. Castle’s academic excellence and service to all mankind, this scholarship recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence, service, and an interest in pursuing a career in STEM.
  • African American
  • Graduating High School Senior
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school
  • Demonstrated leadership and community service
  • Students from anywhere in the United States may apply
Submittal Requirements
  • Official transcripts digitally sent from current school
  • Recent photo and resume. Resume must include the following:
    1. Name of any STEM-related clubs, activities, and community service
    2. Your role and level of involvement
    3. List of any awards in STEM-related subjects or activities
  • Copy of college, university, or technical school letter of acceptance.
  • Personal essay (see essay section for further instructions)
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommenders must comment on the following three criteria:
    1. High scholarship performance in math, science, and overall studies
    2. Potential and intention for applicant’s continued scholastic development
    3. Active participation in community service
Additional Information
  • Awards must be used for tuition, books, fees, or other needs while attending the institution.
Essay/Personal Statement
Keep in mind the essay is the most essential component of the application process. Please ensure you articulate each of the following components.
  • Describe your future goals in terms of your college education and career in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics.
    • Share a little about yourself and your family background (e.g. Are you the first member of your immediate family to attend college? Or maybe in the first generation of your family to do so? What are your favorite subjects in school? Why?  Do you have hobbies? How do you spend your leisure time?)
  • What experience(s) sparked your interest in STEM?
  • How do you see yourself using your STEM degree in the future to serve your community?

Submit all requirements to Subject Line: Scholarship2024

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