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ARCS® Lights "Illuminate" the Way for Scientific Advancement

Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2021

LaGrange, Georgia (June 9, 2021) — ARCS® Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of 14 volunteers to receive the ARCS Light Award for their work in promoting science, engineering, and medical research.

The ARCS Light Award is the highest honor for volunteer work within the foundation and represents chapters’ appreciation of their members’ ingenuity, sacrifice, and long-term commitment.

The 14 members chosen for this award in 2021 were selected based on extraordinary service and personal leadership benefiting their local ARCS chapter. Accomplishments include fundraising, communications, recruiting, event planning, and other vital efforts on behalf of the foundation.

Honorees often serve in key leadership positions within their chapter. They are credited with establishing scholar awards, organizing multiple events, and raising thousands of dollars in donations to support the mission of ARCS Foundation. This year ARCS Light honorees accomplished these feats despite a worldwide pandemic.

The following dedicated women are the 2021 ARCS Light Award recipients, listed by chapter:

  • Atlanta – Frances Swensson
  • Colorado – Sue Zoby
  • Honolulu – Roslyn Pearson
  • Illinois – Patricia Doherty
  • Los Angeles – Yolanda Walther-Meade
  • Metropolitan Washington – Doris Pierson
  • Minnesota – Anja Bielinsky
  • Northern California – Christine Simpson Brent
  • Orange County – Anna Papió Toda
  • Oregon – Lee Ragen
  • Pittsburgh – Beverlynn Elliott
  • Phoenix – Christine Burton
  • San Diego – June Chocheles
  • Seattle – Carmen Gayton

“It’s been an honor to serve among these women, who have a strong commitment to ARCS Foundation and advancement of US scientific innovation worldwide,” says Sherry Lundeen, ARCS Foundation National President. “Even during a global pandemic, these volunteers devoted their time and talents to make sure the foundation’s mission and presence in the scientific community remain a beacon of light for future possibilities of STEM research and innovations. These women enhanced the organization’s purpose through educational webinars, online programs, and support of ARCS Scholars and Alumni. ARCS Foundation is truly grateful and proud of this year’s ARCS Light recipients. They are an inspiration to us all.”

ARCS Foundation congratulates all award recipients and thanks them for their invaluable contributions to the continuing success of the foundation.

The 2021 ARCS Light Award recipients will be recognized in a special ceremony during ARCS Foundation’s 2022 All Members Conference, April 20–23, in Atlanta, Georgia.


About ARCS® Foundation: ARCS Foundation is a national nonprofit volunteer women’s organization that promotes US competitiveness by providing financial awards to academically outstanding US citizens studying to complete degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and health disciplines at 49 of the nation’s leading research universities. The organization has awarded more than $120 million to more than 10,900 scholars since 1958. ARCS Foundation Scholars have produced thousands of research publications and patents, secured billions in grant funding, started science-related companies, and played a significant role in teaching and mentoring young people in the STEM pipeline. More information is available at


2021 ARCS Lights