Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship

Funded by
Chris Jackson
Learn more about the Donor
$5,000
1 winner every 6 months
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Next Application Deadline
Sep 1, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Sep 30, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate

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
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
5
Next Application Deadline
Sep 1, 2021
Next Winners Announced
Sep 30, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate
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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

Nathan Hunt
University of HoustonRosharon, TX
Computers have always acted as the conduit for the intangible to become a reality. I became interested in the architecture upon which they were based around age sixteen. My interest sparked from a summer class that I took during the summer of 2017, on a whim. Learning about how computers were built, in both the physical and software sense, was mind-blowing; each part of the computer could be interchanged or upgraded. The mere fact that the physical hardware, software, visual components, and inputs could all be altered to mirror the mind of its creator or user opened innumerable possibilities to my mind. Since my initial discovery of computer science, I have constantly surrounded myself with resources and people dedicated to computer science and software engineering. Any chance I can make, I am reading up on new coding project ideas, developing future business models revolving around software, and thinking of new ways to incorporate safety measures and privacy protection into our ever-growing computer-reliant society. I hope to one day make mobile applications and desktop software safer to use, on a wide-spread scale, without the use of privacy-compromising features or intrusive data-gathering. After my degree completion in Computer Science and Business Administration, I will immediately begin working on my Master's degree. I hope to learn as much as I can while in my career until I feel that I have the resources necessary to build a company that specializes in cybersecurity. The software firm will develop and maintain online security solutions tailored either to specific issues or general security. The company will help to create new jobs within the growing STEM fields and will aid to close the deficit between the current workforce and those required to fill future career positions. In addition to the software firm, I will found and fund educational resources focused on sending free electronics, computer software, and books to underprivileged children (ages 10-18) within the United States. One belief that I hold dear is that the lack of education is the root of most of the world's hate, ignorance, crime, lack of resources, and greed that is seen today. Computer Science is a growing field and resources for those that are uneducated are not growing at the same rate. Those that seek to make a difference in the world must first understand the world itself. If they are not properly prepared with the adequate tools and educational resources necessary for them to flourish, those same people will become victims, not leaders. I know that I am the best candidate for the Chris Jackson scholarship as I have a goal that reflects Chris' character. I want those that feel that their situation defines them to have the resources to push themselves to the height that they desire. I believe Chris was a great listener because he cared for people. I wish for people to feel cared for so that they do not feel as though they have to walk alone on their path to change the world.
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.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Sep 1, 2021. Winners will be announced on Sep 30, 2021.

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