Two new bioMérieux scholarships awarded

Published May 10, 2012Scholarship Recipients Representatives from bioMérieux present two scholarships at BTEC. Pictured (left to right) are Hugh Sutherland, EVP Human Resources; Brian Riley, Site Director; Stephanie Blanton, scholarship recipient; Margaret Dickerson, scholarship recipient; Marc Mackowiak, CEO; and Hamid Madi, Human Resources.

BTEC is pleased to announce that bioMérieux has established two annual scholarships to benefit students enrolled in its academic programs. The inaugural scholars for academic calendar year 2012-2013 are Stephanie Blanton and Margaret Dickerson.

Blanton is a rising junior pursuing a major in bioprocessing science.  She is actively involved in NC State’s Alpha Phi Omega (Iota Lambda chapter), a national coeducational service fraternity.  In November 2011, she was recognized as an Outstanding Scholar by Gamma Sigma Delta, an honor society for agriculture, for her academic work and dedication to the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). She has been a volunteer at Relay for Life and the Special Olympics in Virginia Beach for over 10 years.  

Dickerson, a member of the university’s Scholars Program, is a rising junior pursuing a major in microbiology. Her interests include the field of disease research and the development of treatments. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  To further her interests in the health-related field, she joined the NC State Pre-Health Club and was accepted into Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a living and learning community at NC State for first and second-year women studying engineering, mathematics, statistics, and science.  Dickerson has been a tutor since high-school and plays soccer.  She has also volunteered at Camp Soar, a summer camp for Special Olympics athletes, and at Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte, NC.

A world leader in the field of in-vitro diagnostics for over 45 years, bioMérieux designs, develops, produces, and markets diagnostic systems for medical and industrial applications.  bioMérieux’s solutions (reagents, instruments, and software) are used to determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety.

For more information about the BTEC scholarship program, visit