Tech Center student earns scholarship

ELKINS – Hard work, participation and determination have paid off for an Elkins High School/Randolph Technical Center student.

Katy Totten, daughter of Bryan and Johnette Totten of Elkins, received the Blair and Sue Montgomery Scholarship through the Pierpont Community & Technical College.

“I am thrilled to have received this award,” Katy Totten said. “I will attend Pierpont and work toward my degree in mechatronics.”

Mechatronics is a field of study that combines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. The Blair and Sue Montgomery Scholarship will provide Totten tuition and fees, room and board and a $1,000 stipend for books. The award is given annually to one student and is named for Pierpont’s first president, Blair Montgomery, and his wife, Sue.

Totten said attending Randolph Technical Center was key to her eligibility and receipt of the scholarship.

“I will have a double certificate from the Tech Center in Electricity and Advanced Careers Pilot Program in Power and Energy,” Totten said. “These classes helped me learn about engineering and electricity and gave me crucial hands-on experience.”

Totten is also interested in baking and culinary arts.

“I might go on after I get my mechatronics degree and get a degree in culinary arts,” Totten said. “It would be cool to put both degrees together and build a cupcake ATM.”

Totten explained that a cupcake ATM is just like a bank ATM, except you receive your made-to-order cupcake instead of money.

“I would not trade my experience at the Randolph Technical Center,” Totten said. “It is a great place to learn, and I would not have gotten this scholarship if I had not taken classes at the center.”

Totten is a member of the Skills USA. She also took Career Work Skills and Training at the Randolph Technical Center.

Other requirements of the Montgomery scholarship include a grade point average of 3.5 or more, an ACT score of 26 or better, an award of the PROMISE Scholarship and an interview with college officials.