The 2012 winner of the Harold Taft Scholarship is Amanda Robinson, a junior at Texas A&M University. Her major is meteorology and minor is mathematics.
In her scholarship application, Robinson wrote, "After I graduate I plan to go into forecasting as a career. It is the part of meteorology I most enjoy and the part that I feel makes a direct impact on everyone. I like making a difference in people's lives for the better, and without weather forecasting most people would be lost."
NBC 5 /KXAS-TV made the Harold Taft Scholarship possible thanks to a generous donation several years ago. The namesake of the program is Harold Taft, who served as Chief Meteorologist at NBC 5 (WBAP and KXAS-TV) from 1949 until 1991.
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The Lone Star Emmy Education Foundation administrates the scholarship. Robinson's achievement was announced at the Lone Star Emmy Gala at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, November 10, 2012.
NBC 5 Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock serves as chair of the committee for the Scholarship program.
The inaugural winner was another Texas A&M graduate Jorge Torres, who is now a meteorologist at KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas. Another winner, Lauryn Gonzalez is now a meteorologist at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas.