Local High School Graduate Secures Coveted Engineering Award and $10,000 Grant for School’s STEM Programs

Image - 2023 Recipient of The Robin Lally Promising Engineer Achievement Award Recipient, Trevor Goldston

ASHEBORO, NC. – Asheboro High School is gearing up for a triumphant homecoming as hometown hero, Trevor Goldston, a distinguished graduate and current student at the University of North Carolina Asheville, returns bearing a substantial gift – a $10,000 grant. Goldston has been named the 2023 recipient of the esteemed Robin Lally Promising Engineer Achievement Award, a recognition that comes with not just prestige but also a mission to bolster Asheboro High School’s STEM initiatives.

On Monday, December 18th at 2:15 p.m., Goldston will make a grand entrance at Asheboro High School to present a $10,000 grant check earmarked for the enhancement of the school’s College and Career Promise Program and Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

The grant, funded by The Michael & Robin Lally Forward Foundation, not only applauds Goldston’s outstanding achievements but empowers him to direct a $10,000 grant to his alma mater. This gesture embodies Goldston’s gratitude for his educational roots and amplifies The Forward Foundation’s unwavering commitment to nurturing the next generation of STEM leaders.

“The Asheboro High School early college program provided a unique and enriching educational experience outside the typical high school curriculum, laying the foundation for my passion in engineering,” shared Goldston.

After graduating from Asheboro High School in 2021, Goldston began pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics, Robotics and Industrial Automation Engineering through the joint program offered by North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina Asheville. In 2022, Goldston earned a place in the Black American Engineering Scholarship Award program, a competitive scholarship made up largely of first generation college students and offered to just 20 students in 2023. Each year, one standout student is selected from the program to receive this achievement award.

“In addition to being an exceptional student, Trevor shows the discipline and drive of a true professional. I have been impressed with his work ethic since our first phone call and I continue to be impressed as he advances through his rigorous degree,” said Robin Lally, President of The Forward Foundation. “I have no doubt that he will have a very successful and impactful career in engineering.”

Despite the difficulty of his engineering program, Goldston established himself as an exceptional student, earning a place on the Dean’s List and landing an internship with Auria Solutions USA, the world’s second largest supplier of fiber-based automotive acoustic insulation and other fiber-based products.

As part of the Black American Engineering Scholarship Award program, Goldston was paired with a professional to mentor and guide him through college and into his engineering career. Goldston’s mentor, Jacques Smith, an aerospace engineer and North Carolina resident, gave him a glowing recommendation for the Promising Engineer Achievement Award.

“Trevor is truly passionate about engineering,” said Smith. “He possesses the unique combination of focus, intelligence, responsibility and the effort needed to be successful in the industry. Trevor has the ability to transition from theory to concept to practical application. This, along with his desire to lead through collaborative efforts, will position him to be just as successful as an engineering professional as he has been as an engineering student.”

Media members are invited to a check presentation for the $10,000 grant on Monday, December 18th at 2:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Asheboro High School, 1221 South Park Street, Asheboro, NC 27203. Interviews and video opportunities will be available.

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The Michael & Robin Lally Forward Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a better world for all. The Forward Foundation advocates for human equality, animal rights and global community. The Michael and Robin Lally Forward Foundation is proud to provide the Robin Lally Promising Engineer Achievement Award and the Black American Engineering Scholarship Award. For more information, contact Robin Lally at robin@theforward.foundation.


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Robin Lally
President, The Forward Foundation