Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Whitworth students receive scholarships from Logos Bible Software

Whitworth's mathematics and computer science department has finalized an annual scholarship for computer science majors through a collaboration with Logos Bible Software. Last month, Whitworth juniors Joshua Starkey and Kseinya Langlois were each awarded $1,000 through the Logos Bible Software Annual Scholarship. They have also been selected to participate in the Logos Internship Program this summer.

“This year I had to take out a greater amount in loans than usual, so it is a relief to have the option to return one of those loans and use the scholarship money instead,” says Langlois, a computer science major who plans on pursuing a career in program testing.


She says that scholarships like the one awarded by Logos are very important in funding her education. “Without getting a few of these scholarships throughout the years, I would be much more in debt. Before my freshman year, I was convinced I would not be able to afford school. But I received two similar scholarships, and I was able to make up the rest of tuition through loans.”

“Scholarships don't just help financially,” says Starkey, who is double-majoring in computer science and mathematics. “They also serve as a core part of a recognition system for excellence. It means a lot more to receive a scholarship for my work in the department than to simply receive a good grade and a pat on the back. I appreciate everything that goes into this scholarship and hope that in the future I can give back in a similar manner.” Starkey plans on attending graduate school to study information assurance and computer security, focusing on defensive mechanisms.

The scholarship's recipients are selected each year by faculty in the mathematics and computer science department. Associate Professor of Math and Computer Science Susan Mabry was on the selection committee that chose Langlois and Starkey as this year's recipients.

“We selected Joshua and Kseinya because of their intellect and their extraordinary natural aptitude for computer science,” she says. “They also both express a keen interest in the mission and core strengths of Logos as a corporation.”

Mabry says Logos has one of the most organized and impressive internship programs among the many companies with which the computer science program networks. She says Whitworth's computer science faculty was also impressed with the quality of Logos' development and technology.

After a number of successful student internships through Whitworth, Jim Straatman, director of IT at Logos Bible Software, approached the university with the idea for a scholarship. Straatman says Logos seeks top colleges and universities, both regionally and nationally, for long-term scholarship and recruiting partnerships.

"Whitworth has a top-notch computer science program and has produced some great long-term talent," says Straatman.

Starkey and Langlois will work internships at Logos this summer. In addition to a third intern currently committed for summer work at the company, two Whitworth alums hold full time software development positions there. Logos has also published books by Whitworth President Emeritus Robert H. Mounce, Professor Emeritus of Theology F. Dale Bruner, and Professors of Theology Roger Mohrlang and James R. Edwards. This year, Logos' team will include one returning Whitworth senior and four new interns. Straatman says Logos is always looking for new employees and interns. To learn more, visit www.logos.com/jobs or www.logos.com/interns.

Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Bellingham, Wash., Logos Bible Software is the leading publisher of multilingual Bible software on Mac, Windows, and mobile platforms. Logos partners with more than 130 publishers to make nearly 17,000 electronic books available to customers in more than 180 countries. The company serves church, academic, and lay markets, bringing the best in software innovation to Christians worldwide. Logos Bible Software is headquartered in Bellingham, Wash.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Nancy Rau, associate director for donor relations and special events, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4250 or nrau@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.