Markforged Distinguished Teachers in STEM Scholarship

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Markforged
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$2,199
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
Nov 19, 2021
Winners Announced
Dec 18, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
10
Contributions
Eligibility Requirements
Area of expertise:
Teacher in a STEM-related field
Eligibility:
Returning to college or has student debt
Area of expertise:
Eligibility:
Teacher in a STEM-related field
Returning to college or has student debt

From robotics to material science, some of the most exciting, world-changing innovation and economic opportunity today is happening at the cutting edge of engineering fields.

An industry leader in robotics and 3D printing technology, Markforged would like to recognize the incredible teachers and professors who inspire young minds to pursue a STEM-related career.

The Markforged Distinguished Teachers in STEM Scholarship exists to support a professor or teacher in STEM who is either going back to college or has student debt.

Teachers in any field of STEM are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please tell us more about how you became a STEM educator and how this award would help you enable the growth and development of budding STEM students.

STEM
$2,199
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
3
Application Deadline
Nov 19, 2021
Winners Announced
Dec 18, 2021
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
10
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

Please tell us more about how you became a STEM educator and how this award would help you enable the growth and development of budding STEM students.

400–600 words

Winning Application

Abi Meade
Western Governors UniversityPhoenix, AZ
When I was an elementary school student back in the 90’s I was a kooky high energy kid that would never stop talking and at that time it wasn’t cool to be different. Very early on in my education I was diagnosed with ADHD and because there wasn’t much research on how to teach students that learn differently, I was moved into the special education classroom. Needless to say my peers did not respond well to that and I was often bullied for being different. It also didn’t help that I had curly hair, wore glasses, and only dressed in hand-me-downs from my cousins but some things just can’t be helped. In my special education classes lessons were often taught to the lowest leveled learner in the room so that the least accommodations had to be made and there was very little patience when it came to hyperactivity (I’ve found great joy in all of the new fidgets that are available to kids now). I quickly became bored in this environment and by the time I was in middle school my grades were terrible and I was beginning to get myself into trouble. I was friends with troubled students who often got in trouble with the law. Much to my mother’s horror I began to skip classes. My relationship with my family was suffering and I was miserable going to school each day. I continued down this path until 8th grade when I finally decided to try to be a better person and to do well in school and it was all thanks to a single math teacher. This math teacher was more than just a mentor, she was a friend. She saw herself in me and knew that I was a smart kid that was simply misunderstood. She kept me after school twice a week to catch me up on all of the math I had missed as an elementary school student. She was shocked to find that even though I had a solid base of number theory, none of my teachers had taken the time to teach me how to multiply 2 digit numbers (a 2nd grade requirement in my state). She taught me loads about math but the most important thing she taught me was to stand up for myself. She knew that by showing me compassion and understanding that I would learn to have compassion and understanding for myself. I have come a long way since then but I have always tried to see the best in people and to try not to judge people or their situations. Because of this experience I have dedicated myself to becoming a Secondary Mathematics teacher specializing in middle school special education. Whenever I tell people this they tell me what a “patient saint” I must be but I tell them that I just treat my students the way that I wished to be treated when I was their age. This scholarship would be the next needed step in my journey to become the best educator I can be. I have been working in educational settings for the past 10 years and I am finally at a place in my life where I am ready to focus on school again. This scholarship could be the difference between calm focus on my classes and frantic studying late at night while worrying about work. I'm extremely excited to be able to focus on myself in this coming school year and I hope I can do it with the financial support I desperately need.

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Nov 19, 2021. Winners will be announced on Dec 18, 2021.

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