Tochukwu Iyke-Nzeocha Receives NSBE 2024 Edward E. Barnette Jr. Community Impact Scholarship

April 8, 2024

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Rochester’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) were among the 18,000 attendees at the NSBE 50th Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia this past March.  At the convention's NSBE Annual Golden TORCH Awards, Tochukwu Iyke-Nzeocha '24, BME major and president of the UR NSBE chapter, received the prestigious 2024 Edward E. Barnette Jr. Community Impact Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to the NSBE mission and show promise in making a positive impact on their communities and society.

In a post Tochukwu made on LinkedIn, she was quick to point out the other accomplishments of the chapter, and express her gratitude to mentors and past presidents:

..."our chapter achieved remarkable accomplishments. It was a pleasure to meet three of the "Chicago 6" (NSBE founders), Brian Harris, Ed Coleman, and George Antoin Smith. Regionally, two members of our organization were recognized as the Region 1 Members of the Month for October and December for their outstanding contributions.

Likewise, one of our members won the Region 1 Professional Fashion Show. Most notably, our chapter has earned the esteemed title of Region 1 Most Improved Chapter, which is a recognition we haven't received since 1985-1986.

I am extremely grateful for the guidance provided by past presidents Steven Colberg, Abduljabbar S., and Zaynab Dantsoho, as well as the unwavering support from my NSBE mentors Angelena Edwards, EIT, PMP, and Kurt Sealey. I also appreciate the resources provided by the Region 1 Executive Board. I am sincerely thankful for the support from our advisors in the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nick Valentino, and Richard Colon, including all the Wilson Commons Student Activities staff, especially Brian Magee, Tina Muller, Meghan Myers and Megan Driscoll. None of this would have been possible without the dedication and hard work of my executive board and membership, and I am truly grateful for their commitment.

Lastly, as I approach the end of my undergraduate journey, I look back fondly at my experiences at the NSBE National Conventions I have attended since 2022. Each one has been incredibly rewarding, and I am grateful for the friendships made, connections created, and lessons learned along the way."

~  Tochukwu Iyke-Nzeocha '24, President of the UR NSBE chapter


The UR NSBE chapter was honored as the "Region 1 Most Improved Chapter"

Congratulations to the entire NSBE chapter for their outstanding contributions and recognition! 


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