Stacy Feeling (Engineering ’13) fell in love with the University of Virginia when she tagged along on her older sister’s college trips to the South. Having grown up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, she found the prospect of nine months of mild weather on U.Va.’s beautiful Grounds appealing.
The University’s rigorous academic climate also beckoned. “There are a lot of really smart people, the professors are amazing, and there are a lot of opportunities for research,” she said.
Feeling always enjoyed math and science, and did well in both subjects. Because of that, her father, Floyd Feeling, a patent lawyer by occupation who majored in electrical engineering as an undergraduate, encouraged her to go into engineering.
Now a second-year student who hopes to major in electrical engineering, Feeling was happy to be accepted into the Technology Leaders Program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The cross-disciplinary program — which includes systems engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering — allows students to explore several areas before deciding on a major.
She finds her courses challenging, but has been happy to find a supportive environment at U.Va. She also is looking forward to opportunities to conduct research.
Even without a precise direction for her studies, Feeling has done well enough to win a merit scholarship endowed by Frank S. Goodman (Engineering ’51), a longtime supporter of the Engineering School.
Goodman created the Frank S. Goodman Scholarship, a merit award for engineering undergraduates, in 2007 with a $100,000 gift from an individual retirement account (IRA). “When you go to a fine school like U.Va.,” he said in an interview at the time, “you wake up in your forties or fifties and say, ‘They gave me so much; now it’s my turn to give.’”
A member of several honor societies at U.Va., Goodman was twice elected student president of the Engineering School. The mechanical engineering major also earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and spent decades in business, including twenty years running a career-counseling firm he founded. In recent years, he was honored as the University’s Most Outstanding Atlanta Alumnus and served on the U.Va. Alumni Association’s Board of Managers.
At his death in 2007, Goodman provided more than $500,000 in support to the Frank S. Goodman Endowment Fund by designating it as the sole beneficiary of an IRA and a charitable remainder trust he had established at the University a decade earlier.
For Feeling, winning the scholarship was a big relief. “When I got the call about the scholarship, I was so happy,” Feeling said. “My parents aren’t poor, but they have four kids to put through college, with three of the four overlapping.” Her brother, Alex, a rising fourth-grader at Lomond Elementary School, will attend college after his three sisters have finished.
Granted for one year and renewable for four, the Goodman Scholarship helps cover the cost of tuition, which is significant for out-of-state students, Feeling said. “Instead of taking out a loan, I’ll be able to graduate debt free,” she said. “It’s a load off my parents’ minds and off of mine also.”