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Riegle Family Scholarship

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Riegle Family
2 winners, $1,000 each
Application Deadline
May 24, 2024
Winners Announced
Jun 24, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate student
Financial Status:
Field of Study:
Engineering, software, computer science, etc.

Students from disadvantaged backgrounds often have to think creatively in order to finance their college education.

With limited family support and student loans carrying a high interest rate that can be difficult to repay, the road to a college degree is full of challenges. Achieving a career in advanced scientific or technological fields can be particularly difficult due to the years of schooling required to prepare.

This scholarship seeks to support low-income students who need financial support in order to achieve their higher education dreams.

Any low-income high school or undergraduate student who is pursuing engineering, software, computer science, or a related field with at least a 3.2 GPA may apply for this scholarship opportunity.

To apply, tell us about your financial circumstances, why this scholarship is important to you, and why you have chosen to pursue a tech career.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Need
Published February 22, 2024
Essay Topic

Please share your financial circumstances and why this scholarship is important to your continued education. Why have you chosen to pursue a career in the tech industry?

250–500 words

Winning Applications

Sara Potpara
University of ConnecticutCHICAGO, IL
Mireya Valentin
Santa Barbara City CollegeGOLETA, CA
My family of four is supported by my single mother who works ten hour days yet she only manages to make around nine thousand dollars a year. We stretch that amount as much as possible throughout the year but as a result we had no money saved up to pay for my higher education. Currently, I’m living on my own, two hours away from my family, and I have to pay for everything on my own through scholarships and programs. My rent, utilities, and food costs total to about one thousand every month, and that doesn’t include any textbook or extra school fees that may come up. Last year, even though FAFSA helped me out a lot, I still had to work in order to cover the rest of my living costs. This scholarship would allow me to just focus on my studying for a month, which would prove especially useful during finals month, as I wouldn’t have to worry about balancing my work schedule and my studying schedule. The only thing I would have to worry about during that free month from work would be what the quadratic formula is, not where I’ll live if I can’t make rent this month. My financial situation has always been like this, but I was lucky enough to be introduced to the engineering field in ninth grade through my high school. I received my high school education from a career high school that had a focus on engineering. Throughout the four years at my high school, I learned about the many facets of engineering, as well as their basic tasks and what they contributed to the world. This is where I found my love for electrical engineering, especially when it came to the concepts of soldering, making breadboards, and Boolean Algebra. All of these topics were easily what I excelled at the most, and I even created a small project outside of class time with the scraps of wire that my teacher allowed me to take. When it came time to decide what universities to apply to, I sat down with my engineering teacher and I asked what career would encompass those key jobs, and he said electrical engineering. Unfortunately, even though I was accepted to most of the schools I applied for, I realized that I wouldn’t be able to go to them without massively burdening myself and my family financially. I ultimately decided to go to a community college so I could still continue my education without going into debt, and this scholarship would help me immensely with this plan.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 24, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jun 24, 2024.

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