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Black Students in STEM Scholarship

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1 winner$5,000
Application Deadline
Mar 4, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 5, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education level:
High school, undergraduate, or graduate
Science, Technology, Engineers, or Mathematics (STEM)

The world becomes a better place when we choose to lift up the ideas, creativity, and perspectives of all races. Workplaces across the nation are working to diversify their industries, making it important to inspire the next generation of great thinkers. 

As the industry of educational technology seeks to do more to support an inclusive culture, Black students majoring in STEM subjects are encouraged to continue on their path to making an impact in these fields. 

The Black Students in STEM Scholarship will support one Black student majoring in STEM subjects as they continue this journey. High school, undergraduate, and graduate Black students that are majoring in STEM or planning to major in STEM can apply to this scholarship.

To apply, write an essay about why you are passionate about STEM or entrepreneurship.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published October 4, 2021
Essay Topic

Why are you passionate about STEM or entrepreneurship?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Olaudo Victor-Ofoegbu
Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, GA
PERSONAL STATEMENT FOR AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING A real-life experience nudged me on this journey to be part of the crew to proffer a solution to the incessant and numerous problems that has dogged the transportation and aviation segment of my country, Nigeria.  As soon as I could understand events, I was told about the unfortunate plane crash that claimed the lives of over 100 students in my country on the 10th of December, 2005. My mum told me how my Grandma rushed home with so much anxiety to tell about the Sosoliso Plane crash enroute Port Harcourt from Abuja conveying students of Jesuit Memorial College and how they were all feared dead. She recounted how our very close friends were aboard that flight, how parents and siblings were already at the airport waiting anxiously to welcome their loved ones. I still remember the painful look on her face, the sighs, and the tears rushing down her eyes as she narrated the sad event to us. Our neighbor’s children were on that ill fated flight, my dad's colleague lost all 3 children, our family friend lost their first son too, the list kept going on. It was truly a tragedy, a black day for Nigeria. The story prompted so many questions within me, questions that required answers. What could have gone wrong?’ ‘Was there nothing the pilot could do?’ ‘Was it a problem that could have been solved earlier? ‘How do Airplanes work?’ Could it have been a technical or mechanical fault? These and many more troubled my mind. Over the years I found out that this unfortunate crash had a negative effect on people around me. Over 80% of persons I interacted with were terrified of flying. They lacked faith in the aviation system of our nation and the condition of our local planes. They most times joked about all these mishaps being the activities of unknown forces working against our Nation. Although I sometimes agreed with their trail of thoughts, deep within me was a desire to study and acquire knowledge in this area. Thinking of proper management of these planes prompted questions. There were concerns and questions about the under-development and severe lack of competent engineers in my country. I couldn’t help wondering why Nigeria has not made significant strides towards training, and even building aircrafts and why there is heavy dependence on foreign companies and professionals. This thought emboldened me with the determination to contribute towards the amelioration of this challenge. It also shaped my career choice as I studied hard throughout college. Coincidentally, my high-school was situated close to an international airport. The constant opportunity to see flights arriving and leaving the airport sort of kept this burden and vision alive in my mind. I knew that one day; I could be at the forefront of solving a real problem that will have an impact on many lives. Luckily, I have an earlier inclination for the sciences and mathematics. I truly enjoy Physics in particular. I studied hard because I am firmly resolved that it is very possible to put an end to situations like this in future even on a continent and a country like Nigeria that is faced with numerous challenges.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Mar 4, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 5, 2022.

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