Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship

Funded by
Chris Jackson
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$5,000
1 winner every 6 months
Open
Next Application Deadline
Sep 1, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Sep 30, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners

Chris Jackson was an amazing human being who was smart, insightful and had a razor-sharp wit.

The greatest gift Chris had was that he always made the time to not just talk to you, but to be in that moment with you. He made you feel important because you had his full and undivided attention when you spoke to him, and he would always be the first to ask how he could help.

Chris was also an amazing father to his daughters Abby and Lily, a doting husband to his wife Karen, and a great friend to many people.

What most people don't know about Chris is how much he struggled to afford his degree in his early years. That degree ultimately helped him build a rewarding and impactful career in technology.

Sadly, Chris passed away in the fall of 2020. To honor his spirit and legacy, the Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship will support undergraduate students who are pursuing a computer science degree. The scholarship will be awarded twice a year.

Applicants will be required to discuss their interest in pursuing a computer science degree, their career aspirations, and why they think they should receive the award.

Education
Selection Criteria:
Passion, Ambition, Story
$5,000
1 winner every 6 months
Open
Next Application Deadline
Sep 1, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Sep 30, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic
  1. How did you get interested in pursuing a computer science degree?
  2. What is your goal or dream job after receiving your degree?
  3. Why do you feel you are the best candidate for receiving this scholarship?
300–500 words

Winning Application

Huy Le
Texas A & M University-Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, TX
Technology has been in my blood since I was a child when I explored many kinds of household electronics and I developed a passion for observing them. I took appliances apart and looked at their inner workings. Technology is the subject that I had the most confidence in during high school in Vietnam. The words of Zig Ziglar, "You don’t have to be great at something to start, but you have to start to be great at something" gave me significant motivation. My Technology teacher offered supportive encouragement that helped me interact with his lessons. I stayed at the top of the Technology class thanks to the enthusiastic way my teachers delivered the knowledge. I exceeded expectations in that class based on my curiosity and bravery. Enthusiasm and inspiration in Technology are vital and essential in my education path, especially for improving problem-solving for the most intricate issues in life. Technology stimulates my excitement and inspiration; in my head are all the questions about cutting-edge technology and harnessing it, as well as increasing its diversity and abundance. It was during my high school volunteer experience in which I assisted the elderly and the sick in the hospital that I came to this realization: I wanted to design programs to analyze symptoms and diagnose diseases so that doctors could perform accurate treatment, but at a lower price to be more accessible to the poor. My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Medicine where my critical thinking skills can be utilized and developed. A Ph.D. degree would give me opportunities to research the intersection of technology and medicine. Therefore, I could give a hand to the hospitals with the fewest resources, because I believe that technology can be cost-saving and more efficient. A scholarship would help me pay for college so that I can learn more about the human body and technology. I feel that these subjects are highly related, because the basic functions of the human body are naturally intricate and delicate, just like technology. As a college student, I work towards these goals every day. I am tutoring my friends in Microbiology to reinforce my knowledge and improve my soft skills by effectively expressing complicated ideas by breaking them down into simpler ones. This has been a valuable experience that has helped enhance my problem-solving and team-work skills, which are crucial in the world of mathematicians, computer scientists, and nurses. I would like to apply all the amazing things from technology to biology efficiently and effectively such as designing a robot with AI technology to assist the elderly to carry out proper daily tasks in the Nursing Home. Having this scholarship will provide the opportunity for me to achieve my goals as a Nurse. A scholarship will give me the chance to access modern education and a good environment where I can build on my passion on my long road. I pride myself on my reputation for creating engaging and compelling content that I know our community would need.

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