Deanna Muckerson Castle STEM Scholarship 2022


The Deanna Muckerson Castle Scholarship was established to recognize students majoring in a STEM (Technology, Science, Math, and Engineering field, excelling in academics and demonstrating significant potential. This scholarship is renewable with the contingency of meeting the eligibility requirements and providing an update of personal growth in academics and service.


Dr. Deanna Muckerson 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 she flourished in her career she also dedicated her time service and later returned to school obtaining her Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Arizona State University and later earned her PhD from Capella University in Organization Management.


Throughout her undergraduate academic career she devoted her time to tutoring adults and students in math to help them reach their goal to graduate from college. This continued throughout her adult life and as her career evolved, she remained committed to service. She became a Girl Scout Troop Leader at Tanner Chapel AME Church for 17 years and established a myriad of service opportunities and raised funds to donate to organizations and deserving families in need.


For over 50 years Dr. Deanna Muckerson Castle has dedicated her life to service with an underlying passion for math and technology.  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. Her leadership and desire for excellence has no bounds as and throughout her 30-year career in technology, she authored two books, “Hosting an International Conference” and “Virtual Teams”. Today, she continues to expand her learning and knowledge with others, and she remains steadfast in supporting students as they develop their passion to serve on their path to a STEM career.


In recognition of her academic excellence and service to all mankind, this scholarship will recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence, service and an interest in pursuing a career in STEM.



  • Applicants must be African American students.

  • 3.0 or higher GPA

  • Applicants must be Undergraduate Students.

  • Students from anywhere in the United States can apply.

  • Official transcripts must be electronically sent from the attending institution.

  • Resume must include the following: 

    1. Recent photo of yourself;

    2. The name of any STEM related clubs, activities, and community service;

    3. Your role, and level of involvement; and

    4. A list of any awards in STEM-related subjects or activities.

    5. Leadership and community service.

  • One personal essay (see essay section of application).

  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommenders must comment on the following three criteria:

    1. High scholarship and/or college performance in math, science and overall studies;

    2. The exhibition of the potential and intention for continued scholastic development;

    3. And active participation in service.

  • Applicants must attend a two/four-year university or technical school.

  • Awards must be used for tuition, books, fees or other need while attending the institution.


Essay/Personal Statement

Keep in mind the essay is the most essential component of the application process. Please be sure that you

illustrate ALL of the following components.


  • Describe your future goals in terms of your college education and career in science, technology, engineering and or mathematics.

    • You may, but are not absolutely required to, include the following: Begin by sharing a little about yourself and your family background  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: Scholarship