Senior, Destenie Nock makes North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University history as the first student to receive the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. Nock will represent the United States in Ireland as a 2015 Mitchell Scholar.

“We are so honored to have Destenie Nock win this scholarship. Her success is due in part to a variety of faculty, staff and administrators here at the university. We are truly happy that she can represent N.C. A&T in such a distinguished role,” said Dr. Michael Cundall, director of the University Honors Program.

Nock was selected from a pool of over 300 applicants across the nation. As part of the selection process, she attended a reception hosted by the Irish ambassador at the Irish Embassy and interviewed with a panel that included the Irish ambassador, the senior project director at the Trust for the National Mall and a former vice president of the World Bank. Nock is also the first student attending a historically black college or university to receive the award.

While in Ireland Nock, who double majors in electrical engineering and applied mathematics, plans to earn a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems at Queens University in Belfast. After receiving this degree, she intends to pursue a PhD in an area focusing on wind energy. Her ultimate career goal is to be a faculty member at a major research institution promoting the use of wind energy in the US as well as in developing countries.

The Mitchell Scholarship was established in 1998 by an endowment from the Government of Ireland and is funded in collaboration with the US Department of State. The scholarship seeks to establish a partnership between emerging young leaders in the US and institutions in Ireland. Recipients are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to community and public service.