Bethany Witter, a rising junior in the department of mining and minerals engineering, has been awarded a prestigious Copper Club Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The criterion for these generous grants is academic excellence as well as a need for financial assistance.
The Copper Club Inc. is the leading organization for networking, educational grants and events in the copper industry, and from its inception has made contributions to causes and educational programs. The Copper Club’s Grants Program is aimed at supporting exceptional students who are preparing for careers in fields related to the copper industry.
Bethany, who hails from Chesapeake, VA, has acquired several leadership roles during her short time at Virginia Tech. She has spent two years in the Hypatia Engineering Community for women, where she organized and led events for freshman engineers. She also has been elected by her peers to serve as both the President of the ISEE student chapter and Secretary of the Burkhart Mining Society (SME student chapter) for 2017. This summer Bethany is working as an intern for a Newmont metals operation in Carlin, Nevada. An avid volunteer, Bethany was the winner of Blacksburg’s Lyric Theater Student Volunteer Award, and she has participated in departmental as well as university outreach events such as Virgin Tech’s “The Big Event.”