CLEMSON – Joey Wilson, a senior bioengineering major at Clemson University, is the recipient of the Astronaut Foundation scholarship for the 2016-17 year.

Joey Wilson received an Astronaut Foundation Scholarship.

Joey Wilson received an Astronaut Foundation Scholarship.

The scholarship provides a stipend of up to $10,000 and is awarded to students who demonstrate high academic merit in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

Wilson, who is from Duncan, is actively involved on campus, currently serving as the Undergraduate Student Body president. He is also a proud brother of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, a member of the Model U.N. Team and an ambassador for the Calhoun Honors College. He is involved in bioengineering research and was named the S.W Shalaby Outstanding Sophomore in Bioengineering.

Wilson considers his work with It’s On Us to end sexual assault on campus to be one of his greatest achievements. His work through the program also helped bring vice president Joe Biden to Clemson University last fall.

“I’m so thankful for the great opportunities Clemson has presented me and for the support my research mentor, my department, the Honors College and the university have given me,” Wilson said. “I wouldn’t be who I am today without the experience I’ve had here. I’m humbled to be awarded this scholarship and truly hope I can make the world a better place through STEM.”

Wilson plans to apply for fellowships and scholarships to continue his education in bioengineering. He hopes to continue his research and his community involvement so that he can use his education to give back.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit organization created by the Mercury 7 astronauts. The program aims to help the United States retain its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to undergraduate college students pursuing degrees in these fields.