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CBE undergraduate honored with minority scholarship award

Tyler Void in suit and tie, standing in front of brick wall.

By John Curley

A North Carolina State University junior chemical and biomolecular engineering student has been selected for a scholarship honoring undergraduate students from minority communities in chemical engineering.

Tyler Void, a chemical engineering major with the class of 2023, was awarded on November 30 as a college scholarship recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Minority Affairs Committee. The Minority Affairs Committee of the AIChE encourages, promotes, and enhances educational opportunities for under-represented populations in engineering.

The Committee awards a renewable scholarship of $1,000 per student per academic year.

Void is from Greensboro, NC and is actively involved in many areas of the NC State community. He currently serves as a senator for the NC State Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers. The national organization works to increase the number of African Americans in engineering. The scholarship is funded by the Henry  T. & Melinda C. Brown Endowment for the Education of Underrepresented Minority Chemical Engineers. The endowment fund was named in honor of Henry T. Brown, a pioneer in engineering who co-founded the AIChE’s first initiatives for underrepresented engineers. Brown served as AIChE’s Minority Affairs Coordinator from 1983 to 2001 and was very active as a mentor to young engineers.

He’s also a 2023 Caldwell fellow. The Caldwell Fellows Program of NC State is a leadership-development scholarship program “dedicated to developing students with a passion to grow in their service to North Carolina and beyond”.

Void claims a combination of luck and hard work have contributed to success so far in his early life. “I consider myself more of a lucky person because while I reached to claim opportunities presented to me, I’m a bit lucky for them to be presented to me at all, let alone them having a good outcome. I love helping people out with anything they need if I can,” Void said.

He plans to first work in the industry after graduating with his undergraduate degree and later plans to attend graduate school.

Congratulations, Tyler on your wonderful achievements!

This post was originally published in Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.