Atlanta History

The potential for ARCS Foundation Atlanta was recognized by our founder, Mary O’Connor, in 1990. Mary invited fifteen founding members who shared her enthusiasm for ARCS Foundation to join her in her efforts to establish a chapter in Atlanta. The founding members invited twenty charter members to join them and we were on our way.

FOUNDING MEMBERS Paula Bevington, Mary O’Connor (Chapter Founder), Trudy Huger, Michelle Nordin, Kitty Hawks, Beth Barnett, Sue Wieland and Clare Whitfield.   FOUNDING MEMBERS NOT PICTURED: Kathy Ashe, Jean Brumley*, Patsy Drummond, Mary Gellerstedt, Frannie Graves*, Carol Kranig**,    Gay Love**, Carol Teem.  (*deceased, **no longer members)

By February 1992, the Atlanta Chapter had sixty-three members. The membership brought together a broad spectrum of women.  They all agreed that this Chapter would be a great asset to the Atlanta Community. 

The Atlanta Chapter strives to provide the members an exciting array of field trips to stimulate interest and increase knowledge in the areas of science, engineering and medicine. In addition, we work to develop diversity in our academic partner selection process, while maintaining the tradition of excellence of ARCS Foundation.

In 1992 the Chapter was incorporated. Mary O’Connor was elected the first president. 

Three schools were approved for funding: Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College. 

At our first Scholar Awards Luncheon, on October 20, 1992, three scholars received awards of $5000 each. They were David Austin, Emory; Deborah Kilpatrick, Georgia Tech; and Bryan Hurley Derrickson, Morehouse College. 

In 2000, the Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute at the University of Georgia was approved for funding. 

Since its inception, ARCS Foundation Atlanta has awarded a cumulative total of over $4.8 million to scholars pursuing studies in science, engineering and medical research. We are grateful to our members, community individuals, corporations and foundations who have provided such generous support for our scholars. 

Thanks from Alum Alejandro Toriella, PhD, Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering, Georgia Tech

Thank you very much for your support.  It meant a lot.  I had the opportunity to return to Tech as a faculty member last year.  I’m very happy to be back and hope I can advise a future ARCS scholar soon!

Thanks from Scholar Kevin Yehl

"I was very fortunate to be selected as one of this year's ARCS scholars... I plan to pursue an academic career in chemistry... Your support will allow me to continue my biomedical research in developing novel strateigies to treat drug resistant cancers and cardiovascular diseases... Again, thank you so much for your support of the sciences and post graduate education, both of which are very important in keeping America competitive..."

Thanks from Scholar Laura Redmond

"I want to thank you again for supporting my career development, and I look forward to encouraging the development of future scientists as an ARCS Scholar Alum."