Hornsby receives College of Engineering Faculty Senior Scholarship

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Gracie Hornsby and Dr. Jerome LavelleThe College of Engineering is pleased to name civil engineering student and Goodnight Scholar Gracie Marie Hornsby as the 2019 Faculty Senior Scholarship recipient.

The Faculty Senior Scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student who exemplifies academic excellence, intellectual breadth and depth of character. The recipient must be a full-time student with a projected graduation date in the following academic year.

Career Goal

Hornsby’s goal since coming to NC State is to serve communities that lack water resources. She plans to study global water resources in graduate school for a career in the global water, sanitation and hygiene sector to combat the social and systemic issues that restrict over 2.3 billion people’s access to basic sanitation and clean drinking water. Also an environmental science minor, Hornsby has studied the effects of natural disasters and climate change. She wants to use this research to implement the right technologies to create the most effective and long-term solutions for improved water needs.


Hornsby’s time at NC State reflects her heart for service. Hornsby has worked with multiple organizations on and off campus including working as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Angela Harris for the Environmental Engineering Laboratory, serving with nonprofits such as Wine to Water and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity as a “shack leader” for NC State’s Shack-a-thon. On a global scale, she has volunteered with Engineers Without Borders and CEFASE, serving communities in Guatemala and Cameroon while leading water and sanitation reform projects. Soon after graduating this spring, she will continue her global service in Uganda, researching practices to prevent humans from contracting waterborne diseases.

Think and Do

Hornsby embodies NC State’s philosophy: Think and Do. Her impact has been felt not only within the College of Engineering but also in organizations across campus and around the globe. The College looks forward to seeing what the future has in store for her and what she has in store for the world’s future.