Danielle Madda, Pinecrest Academy Class of 2017, has been accepted to the Georgia Institute of Technology and has been awarded the university’s Stamps Presidential Scholarship. According to the Georgia Tech website, less than 1% of their admitted students receive this prestigious award, which includes a four-year, full scholarship covering tuition, mandatory fees, housing, meal plan, books and academic supplies, personal expenses, and a stipend during freshman year for a laptop.
The scholarship also comes with a $15,000 fund for enrichment experiences, like study abroad, unpaid internships, unpaid research or conferences. Additionally, the program includes annual retreats in an outdoor/leadership style to Iceland, Belize, Canada, Croatia, Alaska and Scotland. Recipients are selected based upon holistic excellence and potential within the program’s four pillars: Scholarship, Leadership, Progress and Service.
Madda is the first Pinecrest student to receive this coveted Georgia Tech scholarship. She declined a sizable scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, opting to accept the Georgia Tech scholarship, with plans to become an Industrial Engineering major. She also plans to become actively involved with the university’s Catholic Center on campus.
Georgia Tech approved Madda’s deferral request for one year, so that she may serve the Catholic Church via the Regnum Christi Mission Corps program. Following her May 2017 graduation from Pinecrest Academy, Madda will travel to Rhode Island for a four-week mission training course and then will receive her mission location assignment in August 2017.