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Carolina Brown is the type of student that makes you rethink what you were doing at the age of 19 and ask why it wasn’t nearly as impressive as what Carolina is up to. She is volunteering her time, talents, and energy to community causes, advocating for more women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and perhaps most importantly, planning for a brighter tomorrow as an engineering student at N.C. State University. We caught up with this 2018 Empowering The Future scholarship winner to see how the EnergyUnited scholarship grant is advancing her college career.
Carolina first heard about the scholarship from her high school webpage: “It really was the perfect scholarship opportunity because it not only provided a financial benefit, but it also encompassed a lot of my interests that I wanted to study in college, like environmental engineering, STEM, and renewable energy.”
As she’s studied, she’s come to appreciate EnergyUnited’s role in North Carolina’s energy future and its commitment to sustainability, “North Carolina is actually ranked 2nd in the country for solar power production behind California—which is something I’m really proud of.” It’s not just on an industrial scale either, NC State is leading by example by having LEED-certified buildings on campus.
Ms. Brown continues, “It’s really exciting to study in the LEED-certified student center and know that it’s part of a global change for energy efficiency.” She adds, “EnergyUnited is just as much a part of this shift—for example, their tool Energy Advisor puts the power in the hands of member-owners to help them better manage their energy. Information on how to save energy and money should be accessible by everyone if we want to make this a lasting change.”
Her community pursuits are just as engaging. Carolina volunteers with the student initiative Engineers Without Borders to put energy conscious infrastructures in place, like solar powered well pumps, and panels for those who would otherwise lack access to power. Her work with the Society of Women Engineers gives her the opportunity to visit elementary schools to show girls that they have the power to do big things that will one day result in lasting change. Carolina even finds time to serve at a soup kitchen with The University Scholars.
“I’ve always taken great joy in serving others,” she says, “and I hope to continue that with not only my commitment to community, but with my career pursuits as well. It’s such an incredible gift to be able to plan and work towards my state’s energy future—which was all made possible by a scholarship and encouragement from EnergyUnited.”
We feel proud to support rising stars who have our state’s future at the crux of every action they make and have no doubt that Carolina will continue to do our co-op and our state, proud.
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