Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Deja Lindsey Uses Her Eli Lilly Scholarship at Georgetown University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Eli Lilly awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to three (3) students. One of those students is senior Deja Lindsey from Chicago, IL, who will use the scholarship to support her study of computer science and sociology at Georgetown University. She has been involved with BDPA since her freshman year of college, and by attending chapter events and national conferences, she has secured a summer internship and made lifelong connections.

On campus, she is a member of the Georgetown Cheerleading Team and works as a technology specialist. She is also a recent inductee of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society and the current president of Georgetown’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Deja Lindsey * Eli Lilly Scholar
Besides technology, she is extremely passionate about giving back to her community and spends most of her free time volunteering with elementary school students in the DC Public School system and working with Girls Got IT!, a program she founded that works to introduce young, underprivileged girls to technology. She aspires to work as a technologist that creates or improves applications to better the lives of humans around the world.

We asked Deja to share her thoughts on BDPA:

"Being a member of Black Data Processing Associates has had a great impact on my personal and career development. From membership in the BDPA I was able to network and make connections with employees from Johnson and Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, and Eli Lilly and Company, all of which I have spent summers interning. Last year’s national conference in Atlanta actually showed me a new potential career path that I plan to pursue in my post-grad endeavors."

Deja Lindsey * IT Showcase Winner
"This year’s national conference specifically has meant the most to me. Not only did I participate as a Youth Technology Camp workshop presenter, I also competed in the IT Showcase and won first place! While this conference was much busier for me than any of my past conferences, it challenged me in a variety of ways and helped me make many new professional connections. Being a member of BDPA has exposed me to more Black IT professionals, empowering me to continue my path into the information technology career field. My most memorable moment in BDPA is winning the IT Showcase because I worked very hard throughout the school year and summer and it was very rewarding to see my hard work pay off."

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students. We look forward to supporting Deja's career as she seeks to advance her career in the technology industry!

7 comments:

Walter Lindsey said...
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Walter Lindsey said...

Excellent Job Deja, Keep up the great work. You're destined to be the greatest at whatever you put your mind to, I applaud you in all you do! :-)

Jesse Bemley said...

Hi Deja,

Great Job! Continue to give service to your community and you will always receive blessings.

Wayne Hicks said...

Walter - I met Deja at the BDPA Technology Conference in Cincinnati. She is a remarkable woman and I look forward to watching her progress over the coming years! Are you related to Deja?

Wayne Hicks said...

Jesse - You've done some remarkable work with BDPA over the years. Did you know that we've provided over $280,000 in payments for the Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship - http://betf.org/scholarships/jesse-bemley.shtml - over the past few years. Truly remarkable the legacy you have laid out for our young people. Deja won the Oracle and Johnson & Johnson scholarships this year ... but her Johnson & Johnson scholarship was won as part of the IT Showcase (which you led!). Keep up the great work!

Walter Lindsey said...

Wayne - Yes I'm related to Deja and I am delighted to see her grow and become more remarkable everyday. She continues to excel at whatever she attempts. Thanks for your encouraging words.

Wayne Hicks said...

BETF paid $2,500 Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students to Deja! Great job!