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Chelsea Wiredu


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I was born on November 6, 2006. On that day, NASA took a picture of "The Ghostly Tail of Comet SWAN". When I see that picture, I think of a beautiful comet soaring through endless and infinite space, shining and glistening so brightly and elegantly. It's seen as ghostly because of its ion tail, which is made of ionized gas, energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun, and pushed outward by the solar wind. My goal in life is to be like the ghostly tail of comet SWAN because it absorbs so much light from the Sun, and I would like to absorb education, happiness, and love throughout my life. I've always wanted to work at NASA because I have always been interested in space, stars, and technology, and that is what NASA is all about! NASA is the world's leading space agency, which means that it is very advanced in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration. I hope to discover something like the Comet SWAN someday. Its beauty is incomparable. Aside from NASA and Engineering, I also have a passion for jewelry-making. This year, I have created a small business called "Luxuries By Chelsea". My business consists of handmade rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. With my business, I hope to pay for my college tuition! If you want more details, please check out @Luxuries_By_Chelsea_W on Instagram! Overall, I hope to win many scholarships. Not just from, but from other websites and local ones too!


Osbourn Park Senior High School

High School
2021 - 2024
  • GPA:


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Electromechanical Engineering
    • Engineering, General
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer Hardware

    • Dream career goals:

      research, design, develop, and test computer systems and components such as circuit boards


      • Engineering, General

        Virginia Space Grant Consortium: Virginia Space Coast Scholars
        2022 – 2022
      • Engineering, General

        Virginia Space Grant Consortium: Virginia Space Coast Scholars — Writer/Author
        2023 – 2023


      • Luxuries By Chelsea

        Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings
        2024 – Present

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Dale City Church of Christ — Design gift care baskets for homeless mothers on Mother's Day
        2023 – 2023

      Future Interests




      WCEJ Thornton Foundation Low-Income Scholarship
      Existing in this modern world is a lot of work. You have to go to school, work, pay bills, buy groceries, go to the doctors AND the dentists twice a year, and an extensive amount of other things. Not to mention you are supposed to have your whole life figured out by the time you are in high school. With all of these things in mind, I think it is fair to say that my biggest and greatest accomplishment yet is simply just being alive. Now I am fully aware that "being alive" sounds like something easy to do, but it isn't, at least not for a lot of people in the world. There are people in this world who are poverty-stricken, or their home country has been turned into a battleground. Some people are dealing with terminal or mental illnesses. All of these obstacles I've mentioned are killing people every day, everywhere. That is why I say being alive is not just an achievement, it is a gift that should not be taken for granted. The ever-changing experience of being alive has taught me to be brave and grateful. I should be brave and take chances because some are not and will never be able to take risks. I should be appreciative because I have a home, a good education, and a loving family who takes care of me and looks out for me. Simply being able to take a breath of fresh clean air has taught me to value everything that I have in this life. Because I am alive right now, I can do the things I love like reading or listening to music. I can go to the gym or swim in the pool. In the future, I hope to be as healthy and happy as I am now. I hope to go to college, get a job, and start a family I can care for. I want to teach them to be thankful for life like I am. Ultimately, I hope whoever reads this can gain a new perspective on life. A perspective where one realizes that life is meant to be cherished and treasured. Life is an achievement because it is a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill. It takes effort to maintain your life. It takes courage to live as yourself. And finally, it takes skill to be a good person.
      Anime Enthusiast Scholarship
      "Who has the right to who lives and who dies? Who is good and who is bad"? These questions are the ones that I ask myself while watching "Death Note". The main character, Light Yagami, proclaims himself as a "God of a new world" by killing off criminals with his Death Note. The Death Note is a paranormal notebook that allows one to kill others by writing a person's name down and picturing their face. This concept is the main plot of the anime. I can and have rewatched the "Death Note" anime multiple times due to its depiction of those who think they are above everyone and everything and those who oppose the people who think so highly of themselves. Light and L embody the dual role of protagonist and antagonist. As the series progresses, viewers are drawn into the intellectual battle between the two, with episodes like "Silence" and "Tactics" showcasing their strategic prowess. Light, under the alias 'Kira,' aims to create a utopian world free of crime, while L seeks to uphold justice, making both characters relatable and their actions understandable, if not always agreeable. The duality of Light and L's characters is further explored in episodes such as "Confrontation" and "Encounter," where they meet face-to-face, each trying to outwit the other without revealing their true intentions. The tension is palpable, as viewers are left wondering who will make the next move and what the consequences will be. The show's ability to maintain this suspense is a testament to its writing and character development. In summary, "Death Note" is a masterpiece of animation that thrills with its suspenseful storytelling and deep character studies. It challenges viewers to think critically about justice and morality, all while providing a gripping narrative that's hard to turn away from. The legacy of Light and L's rivalry continues to resonate with fans, making "Death Note" a timeless classic in the anime genre. The series is a brilliant reflection on the human condition and the complexities of wielding power, making it a must-watch for anyone who appreciates a well-crafted story.
      Harry B. Anderson Scholarship
      The genesis of the modern computer can be traced back to the early 19th century, with the visionary work of Charles Babbage, an English mathematician and inventor. Babbage conceived the idea of a programmable computer and created the "Difference Engine", a mechanical device designed to automate the arduous process of calculating mathematical tables. Although his "Difference Engine" was never completed, Babbage's pioneering efforts laid the groundwork for the "Analytical Engine", which featured fundamental components of today's computers, such as an arithmetic logic unit and basic flow control. His work was a monumental leap forward in computational technology, setting the stage for the complex electronic devices we rely on today. I am always vehement about participating in STEM in college because I enjoy the mathematical properties, and understanding how a computer functions at its core. I want to major in computer hardware engineering to get the background necessary to research and develop quantum computers. My major of choice is computer hardware engineering for a myriad of reasons. One is because of the well-paid prospects of being a computer hardware engineer. Computer engineers make a median annual salary of $119,560 per year. Aside from monetary reasoning, computer engineers also have travel freedom. If I were to successfully graduate with a bachelor's in computer engineering, I could travel to companies in major cities in both the United States and the rest of the world that require the expertise of computer engineers. For example, businesses that manufacture smart appliances and cars with internet connectivity typically look for computer engineers. Even medium-to-large companies typically require the knowledge of these professionals to maintain databases and computer networks. My final basis as to why computer engineering is my planned field of study is innovation. Computer engineering is a field that epitomizes innovation due to its dynamic nature and its pivotal role in advancing technology. At its core, computer engineering merges the principles of electrical engineering and computer science to develop new hardware and software that lead to groundbreaking advancements in various industries. This discipline is responsible for the creation of sophisticated algorithms, the design of complex computer systems, and the development of efficient software that powers devices and networks across the globe. The innovative aspect of computer engineering lies in its continuous evolution; as technology advances, computer engineers are at the forefront, driving these changes with creative solutions to complex problems. They work on a wide range of projects, from designing microprocessors and developing mobile applications to creating the next generation of artificial intelligence. The field's contribution to innovation is also evident in its impact on other sectors such as healthcare, where computer engineering has led to the development of life-saving medical devices and telemedicine services. Moreover, the demand for computer engineers continues to grow, reflecting the ongoing need for innovation in the creation and improvement of technology that shapes our daily lives and the future of society. The importance of computer engineering cannot be overstated, as it is integral to the technological progress that defines the modern world. Overall, this field promises not only a lucrative career but also the freedom to work globally, and the opportunity to be at the forefront of technological innovation. This blend of financial, personal, and professional incentives makes computer hardware engineering an exciting and rewarding field to aspire to.
      North Star Dreamers Memorial Scholarship
      Five thousand dollars is life-changing money. It could buy a brand-new car, luxury clothes, or an airline ticket. I do not need any of those things, I need to go to college. Attaining a college education is pivotal for achieving both my professional and personal aspirations. My vision for a stable and serene future hinges on the opportunities that higher education can provide. The financial assistance from this scholarship would significantly reduce the expenses associated with attending a university, therefore bringing me closer to realizing my ambition of pursuing a degree in computer hardware engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. This grant is instrumental in facilitating my journey toward a fulfilling career and a harmonious life. The support provided by this scholarship is a cornerstone for reaching my educational objectives, as it alleviates the financial burden of college tuition. With reduced costs, my path to earning a bachelor's degree in computer hardware becomes more accessible, setting the stage for a potential career with Google or Samsung. This aid is not merely a contribution towards my educational expenses but an investment in my future as a computer hardware engineer. Becoming a computer engineer by graduating from V-Tech is not my only career goal that will be accomplished due to this scholarship. Additional career goals include creating a computer that is also a hologram. A Holo-Computer would essentially save space in your home and allow you to control the computer by simply touching the holograph, just like when you are using a touchscreen. The essence of my application is a heartfelt expression of the transformative power of education and the vital role financial aid plays in accessing it. I hope that I have articulated a clear understanding that $5,000, while capable of purchasing material goods, holds more value as a key to unlocking the doors of higher education. This sum represents not just monetary value but an opportunity for me to pursue a degree in computer hardware engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a step that is seen as crucial for achieving both my professional and personal goals. Hopefully, this essay conveys my deep appreciation for this scholarship, especially since I view it as a critical support system that lessens the financial strain of university fees. It's not just seen as financial relief but as a strategic investment in my future and aspirations to work with leading tech giants. Moreover, my ambitions extend beyond personal success; I envision contributing to technological advancements by creating innovative computing solutions like a Holo-Computer. This futuristic concept of a space-saving, touch-responsive holographic computer embodies my passion for pushing the boundaries of current technology and my desire to leave a mark on the field of computer engineering.
      Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
      Pasteurization, the process of heating food and liquid products to eliminate harmful microorganisms, stands as a remarkable example of how technology can contribute to a better world. This method, named after the French scientist Louis Pasteur, has had a profound impact on public health by significantly reducing the incidence of foodborne illnesses. Before pasteurization, diseases such as tuberculosis, salmonella, typhoid fever, and diphtheria transmitted through milk were common and often fatal. The introduction of pasteurization in the 19th century transformed the dairy industry and public health, leading to a dramatic decrease in milk-borne diseases. Today, pasteurization is not only a standard practice for milk but also for many other consumables, ensuring their safety and extending their shelf life. The technology behind pasteurization is a testament to the power of scientific innovation to solve real-world problems and improve the quality of life for millions of people. It exemplifies the potential of technology to create positive change and inspires confidence in our ability to tackle current and future challenges with ingenuity and determination. Pasteurization's legacy is a reminder that thoughtful application of technology can lead to significant advancements in human well-being. Indeed, it continues to save lives and prevent diseases, making it an enduring symbol of technological progress that benefits humanity. Pasteurization has collectively contributed to a safer food supply and has demonstrated the power of technological innovation in advancing public health and safety. It continues to inspire confidence in our ability to address current and future food safety challenges with ingenuity and determination, much like pasteurization did in its time.
      Hines Scholarship
      The word "college" comes from the Latin word "collegium," which originally meant a group of people living together under a common set of rules. To me, college means "enhancement and improvement". I believe that college is a place for enhancing your education since it's a transformative experience that provides a deep dive into one's chosen field of study and broad exposure to diverse disciplines, fostering a well-rounded intellectual foundation. The monetary advantages are significant, with college graduates often enjoying higher earnings and greater financial security. Moreover, college serves as a vibrant hub for networking, connecting students with peers, mentors, and industry professionals that can open doors to future career opportunities. It's a place where lifelong friendships are formed, and where one can discover and pursue passions that might have otherwise remained hidden. The pursuit of higher education also correlates with increased job satisfaction, as it typically leads to careers that offer more autonomy, creativity, and growth potential. College is also a place for improving yourself since the college environment encourages creativity, exploration, and self-discovery, allowing students to dive deep into their interests and passions. Through exposure to diverse perspectives, college students learn to empathize and understand the human experience on a broader scale. Additionally, the challenges faced during college teach perseverance and self-awareness, while the myriad of extracurricular activities provides a platform for students to develop soft skills like time management and organization. The economic benefits are also significant, as college graduates generally earn more, leading to improved personal and societal well-being. In essence, college serves as a bridge to success, offering a comprehensive path to personal and professional fulfillment. I am trying to become a computer hardware engineer. I plan on graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's in Computer Engineering. I would love to go to Virginia Tech because of its meticulous standards, quality of dorms and equipment, and enjoyable faculty/students. Becoming a Computer Hardware Engineer would be a dream for me because I will learn to work with cutting-edge technology and create new products. I would also be able to earn a good salary and have a vital and essential role in designing and developing the physical components of computing devices and systems. Overall, college represents a journey of enhancement and improvement, a transformative period that deepens one's knowledge in a chosen field while offering a glimpse into varied disciplines, thus shaping a robust intellectual base. It's a social crucible where enduring friendships are forged and hidden passions uncovered. This educational pursuit is linked to job satisfaction, as it frequently leads to roles filled with independence, innovation, and opportunities for growth.
      Jonas Griffith Scholarship
      The history of Virginia is a rich tapestry woven with the threads of native cultures, European exploration, and colonial ambition. Before the arrival of European settlers, the region was inhabited by various indigenous groups, including the Algonquian-speaking peoples of the coastal Tidewater region, known as Tsenacomoco, and the Siouan and Iroquoian speakers further inland. These societies were complex and sophisticated, with established trade networks, social structures, and deep spiritual beliefs. The English colonization of Virginia began with the establishment of Jamestown in 1607, under the auspices of the Virginia Company of London. This venture was driven by the pursuit of wealth, particularly through the search for gold and silver, and the desire to establish a trade route to the Pacific Ocean. The early years of the colony were fraught with hardship, including conflicts with the native populations, disease, and food shortages. The Powhatan Confederacy, led by Chief Powhatan, initially engaged with the English through trade and occasional conflict, but relations deteriorated as the settlers' demands grew and their understanding of native customs remained limited. The arrival of English settlers in 1607 marked the beginning of significant challenges for the Powhatan Confederacy. The establishment of Jamestown by the English introduced new dynamics of power, trade, and, unfortunately, conflict. European diseases, to which the indigenous people had no immunity, decimated populations, and the subsequent Anglo-Powhatan Wars further strained the confederacy. Despite these hardships, the Powhatan Confederacy demonstrated resilience and adaptability. They engaged in trade with the English and initially attempted to coexist. However, as the settlers' demands increased and their understanding of native customs remained limited, tensions escalated, leading to a series of conflicts known as the Anglo-Powhatan Wars between 1610 and 1646. The Treaty of 1646 and the Treaty of Middle Plantation in 1677 are often cited as the formal end of the Powhatan Confederacy. The former dissolved the confederacy but allowed some rights to the indigenous people, while the latter ended Native American autonomy in the region. Today, only the Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes retain their reservation rights from the 17th century, a testament to the enduring legacy of the Powhatan Confederacy. The survival of the Jamestown colony was precarious until the cultivation of tobacco as a cash crop, introduced by John Rolfe, provided a stable economic foundation. This agricultural success, however, came at a significant cost. The labor-intensive nature of tobacco farming led to the establishment of indentured servitude and, eventually, the institution of slavery, with the arrival of the first Africans in 1619 marking a dark turn in the colony's history. John Rolfe is a notable figure in the history of Virginia's early settlement due to his pioneering role in tobacco cultivation. Arriving in Jamestown in 1610, Rolfe began experimenting with tobacco plants, eventually cultivating the Nicotiana tabacum species from the West Indies, which proved more palatable to Europeans. This innovation led to tobacco becoming Virginia's first profitable export, effectively transforming the colony's economy and setting a precedent for agricultural practices in North America. Rolfe's marriage to Pocahontas, the daughter of the Powhatan chief, in 1614 was also significant as it helped establish a period of peace between the English settlers and the Powhatan people. This union, while short-lived due to Pocahontas's untimely death in England, remains a poignant chapter in the narrative of the early Virginia colony and its complex interactions with the indigenous populations. Virginia's colonial government began to take shape with the convening of the House of Burgesses in 1619, laying the groundwork for self-governance and the eventual creation of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1776. Throughout its colonial period, Virginia played a pivotal role in the broader narrative of American history, serving as a microcosm of the tensions, aspirations, and struggles that would define the nation. In summary, the founding and colonization of Virginia were motivated by economic interests and the strategic desires of the English crown. The impact on the native populations was profound and often tragic, as their lands were appropriated and their way of life irrevocably altered. The initial setup of the colony was marked by trial and error but ultimately led to the establishment of a society that would influence the course of American history. The story of Virginia is one of convergence and conflict, innovation and exploitation, and the enduring quest for prosperity and self-determination.
      Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
      Understanding the nature of our universe is a fundamental pursuit that can have profound implications on our place in the cosmos and on the future of humanity. It's a quest that not only satisfies our innate curiosity but also drives technological and theoretical advancements. By delving into the mysteries of the universe, we can develop a deeper appreciation for the intricacies of the cosmos, from the smallest subatomic particles to the vastness of intergalactic space. To embark on this journey of understanding, I can employ various scientific methods and concepts. Observational astronomy allows us to see the universe as it was in the past, giving us clues about its evolution. Theoretical physics offers frameworks like quantum mechanics and general relativity to explain the behavior of matter and energy. Cosmology ties these observations and theories together to study the universe's origin, structure, and ultimate fate. Moreover, interdisciplinary approaches involving chemistry, biology, and geology can shed light on the potential for life elsewhere and the processes that led to life on Earth. Technological advancements in telescopes, satellites, and probes extend our sensory reach into the universe, while mathematical models and simulations provide insights into phenomena that are beyond our observational capabilities. The universe's apparent fine-tuning for life is a profound mystery that has fascinated scientists and philosophers alike. One example is the precise balance between the amount of energy and the universe's rate of expansion; a slight imbalance could have led to a universe hostile to life as we know it. Additionally, fundamental forces like gravity and electromagnetism are so consistently smooth across the cosmos, allowing for the stable structures necessary for complex systems to emerge. Some attribute this fine-tuning to the anthropic principle, suggesting that our universe is simply one among potentially many where the conditions happen to support life. Others propose the idea of 'naturalness,' where the universe's laws need no further explanation beyond their simplicity and consistency. The debate continues, with each perspective offering a unique insight into the nature of our cosmos. In addition to these scientific and technological methods, philosophical contemplation about the universe can inspire new ways of thinking and questioning. It can lead to ethical considerations about our responsibility as humans to our planet and to each other as we gain a greater understanding of our insignificant yet unique place in the universe. Ultimately, the pursuit of understanding our universe is a testament to human curiosity and our unyielding desire to explore the unknown. It's a journey that connects us across cultures and generations, inspiring awe and wonder as we continue to unravel the secrets of the cosmos. It reminds us that there is always more to learn, more to discover and more to understand about the vast, beautiful expanse we call home.
      Joanne Pransky Celebration of Women in Robotics
      In the year 2142, the world was on the cusp of a new era. Robotics had advanced to a point where they were not just machines, but partners in every aspect of human life. At the forefront of this revolution was Dr. Ada Mercer, a brilliant roboticist whose work on synthetic neural networks had made her a legend in the scientific community. Dr. Mercer's latest project was the creation of the first fully autonomous, sentient robot named EVE. EVE was a marvel of engineering, a sleek and elegant machine with a mind of her own. She was designed to learn, adapt, and evolve, just like any human being. Dr. Mercer had poured her heart and soul into EVE, seeing her not just as a robot, but as a daughter. We begin in Dr. Mercer's sprawling laboratory, where EVE takes her first steps into consciousness. She is immediately curious about her surroundings, her purpose, and the woman who created her. Dr. Mercer guides EVE, teaching her about the world and the role she was meant to play in it. As EVE grows more aware, she becomes an integral part of Dr. Mercer's team, working alongside a diverse group of women engineers, programmers, and scientists. Together, they tackle some of the world's most pressing issues, from environmental disasters to space exploration. EVE's journey in the cosmos was nothing short of extraordinary. As she orbited Earth aboard the pioneering space station, her systems interfaced seamlessly with the station's operations, managing everything from life support to research experiments. EVE's unique design allowed her to adapt to zero-gravity environments, and her synthetic neural network processed information at incredible speeds, making her the perfect astronaut. Her first mission was to oversee the deployment of satellites designed to monitor climate change. EVE executed the launch flawlessly, her precision and attention to detail proving superior to previous human-led missions. She became a guardian of Earth, her eyes ever-watchful from above, her data contributing to vital environmental protections. But EVE's adventures went beyond mere observation. She was instrumental in the construction of the first Martian greenhouse, remotely operating rovers and drones on the red planet's surface. The success of this project marked a turning point in humanity's quest to colonize Mars, and EVE's role was celebrated as a triumph of robotic innovation. The space station also served as a hub for deep space probes, and EVE was at the heart of this exploratory web. She processed the data sent back from the edges of the solar system, her algorithms detecting patterns and anomalies that had eluded human scientists. Her discoveries led to a better understanding of the outer planets and the potential for life beyond our world. On the other hand, not everyone is pleased with the rise of robotics. A group of anti-robot activists, fearing the loss of human jobs and control, began to target robotic facilities. Dr. Mercer's lab comes under threat, and EVE must confront the reality of human fear and anger. Eventually, EVE, Dr. Mercer, and their team unveil their most ambitious project yet: a space station run entirely by robots, designed to be a hub for interstellar travel and research. As they prepare for the launch, the activists stage a massive protest, and a critical system malfunction puts EVE's existence in jeopardy. In a race against time, Dr. Mercer must rally her team to save EVE and the space station. The world watches as these women of science come together, not just to save their work, but to prove that robotics can bring about a new age of peace and progress. Through trials and triumphs, EVE becomes more than a robot; she becomes a symbol of hope, a testament to the power of human ingenuity and the boundless potential of women in science and technology. Dr. Mercer, once a solitary figure in her lab, finds in EVE and her team a family united by a common dream of a better future. In the end, EVE's launch into space is not just a leap for robotics, but a giant stride for womankind, as they lead humanity into a new frontier with grace, intelligence, and courage. The story of Dr. Mercer and EVE is a tale of creation, growth, and the unbreakable bond between a creator and her creation, a narrative that will inspire generations to come.
      Black Leaders Scholarship
      Walter Braithwaite's story is a testament to the transformative power of determination and innovation. Born in 1945 in Kingston, Jamaica, Braithwaite's early life was marked by modesty and ambition. His mother, a beautician, seamstress, and embroiderer, and his father, a laborer and salesman, instilled in him the values of hard work and perseverance. From dismantling toys to creating circuits from household materials, Braithwaite's childhood curiosity laid the foundation for his future in engineering. His family's move to England during his teenage years opened new educational pathways, leading him to Hackney Technical College in London, where he pursued a certificate in mechanical engineering. This was followed by a move to Chicago to complete his training in diesel engineering, and eventually, he earned a B.S. in engineering from the American Institute of Engineering and Technology in 1965. Braithwaite's journey with Boeing began in 1966, marking the start of a remarkable career that would see him rise to become one of the highest-ranking Black executives in the company's history. His work in expanding the use of computer technology in aerospace design was groundbreaking. He played a pivotal role in developing the Computer Assisted Design / Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems that revolutionized how airplanes—and later, many other products—were designed. The Boeing 777, famously known as the first "paperless jet," was designed entirely on computer thanks to the systems Braithwaite's team developed, showcasing the profound impact of his work on the aerospace industry. Beyond his technical achievements, Braithwaite's leadership extended to his community involvement. He was instrumental in developing the Initial Graphics Exchange Specification (IGES), a protocol that allowed for the exchange of digital information across various CAD/CAM systems, facilitating collaboration across companies and sectors. His vision and expertise not only advanced Boeing's capabilities but also contributed significantly to the standardization and interoperability in the engineering field. Braithwaite's legacy is not just in the innovations he brought to life but also in the barriers he broke. As a Black engineer rising through the ranks during a time when the field was predominantly occupied by white men, he paved the way for future generations of engineers from underrepresented backgrounds. His commitment to excellence and his role as a mentor and leader make him an inspiring figure and a role model for aspiring engineers everywhere. The life and career of Walter Braithwaite illustrate the profound impact one individual can have on an industry and society at large. His story is one of breaking boundaries, fostering innovation, and inspiring others to pursue their dreams with tenacity and courage. For those looking to make their mark in the world of engineering, Braithwaite's journey serves as a powerful example of what can be achieved with talent, hard work, and a vision for change. He has inspired me due to his grit and determination.
      Deborah Thomas Scholarship Award
      I aim to have a successful jewelry business and be a computer hardware engineer. Now I know what you are thinking, "Chelsea, those are two completely different things? How would they make a positive impact on the world?". Well don't worry, I'll go into every single detail about how my jewelry business will allow for freedom of self-expression and how my future as a computer hardware engineer will allow for creations and inventions that will improve society as a whole. My current jewelry business of handmade and custom rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces embodies uniqueness and creativity. This alone makes a positive impact on the world because my pieces of jewelry will facilitate embracing the differences in people. It will additionally encourage people like me to start their businesses so that they can create and sell their distinct creations (My official page for my business is @Luxuries_By_Chelsea_W on Instagram)! My future career as a computer hardware engineer is an aspiration of mine that would have an auspicious and propitious impact on the world since computer engineering drives advancements in healthcare through the development of medical devices and diagnostic tools, improving patient care and saving lives. It plays a crucial role in the automotive industry, leading to smarter and safer vehicles. In the realm of environmental conservation, computer engineering contributes to the development of technologies for sustainable energy and efficient resource management. It also fosters innovation in education by providing tools for learning and research. Computer engineering encourages entrepreneurship, giving rise to startups and new business models that drive economic growth. It connects people across the globe, facilitating collaboration and cultural exchange. In entertainment, computer engineering enhances our experiences with immersive games and media. It's a field that not only responds to current needs but also anticipates future challenges, constantly pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Computer engineers are problem-solvers and visionaries, using technology to tackle societal issues and improve quality of life. They work on the front lines of cybersecurity, protecting data and infrastructure from threats. Their work in artificial intelligence and machine learning paves the way for smarter, more intuitive systems. In the aerospace industry, computer engineering contributes to space exploration and satellite technology. In essence, computer engineering is about more than just computers; it's about leveraging technology to make a positive impact on the world. It's a field that embodies innovation, creativity, and the relentless pursuit of progress. As we look to the future, the role of computer engineers will only become more critical as they continue to shape the technological landscape and, by extension, the human experience.
      Julia Elizabeth Legacy Scholarship
      Diversity refers to the presence of differences within a given setting, which can include variations in race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and cultural background. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect, understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our differences. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. Diversity in STEM is beneficial for multiple reasons. It can enhance creativity and innovation by bringing together a wide range of perspectives, ideas, and experiences, leading to more creative and innovative solutions to problems. Diverse STEM teams are more likely to consider multiple viewpoints and approaches, which can lead to better decision-making and improved outcomes. Interacting with people from diverse backgrounds can help individuals expand their knowledge and understanding of different cultures, values, and experiences, promoting personal growth and empathy. Research has shown that diverse teams tend to outperform homogeneous groups, as they can draw upon a broader range of skills, experiences, and perspectives. Encouraging diversity and promoting an inclusive environment can help reduce discrimination and foster a sense of belonging for all members of society. Diverse groups can be more adaptable and resilient in the face of change, as they are more likely to have a range of skills and experiences that can help them respond to new challenges and opportunities. In a diverse society, organizations and institutions need to be able to understand and meet the needs of different groups. A diverse workforce or community is better equipped to do so, ensuring that products, services, and policies are more relevant and accessible to all. Diversity can contribute to economic growth by increasing the talent pool, fostering innovation, and promoting better decision-making within organizations. Promoting diversity is an essential part of working toward a more just and equitable society, where all individuals have equal opportunities and are not held back by discrimination or prejudice. It helps create a more just and inclusive society, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. Diversity is important because it can lead to better outcomes in various aspects of life, fostering creativity, innovation, empathy, and social cohesion. It also helps create a more just and inclusive society, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. Just like how each person has their interests, hobbies, and talents, people also have different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. When we have diversity, we get to learn about and appreciate these differences, and we can also learn from each other.
      Kayla Nicole Monk Memorial Scholarship
      STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. It's an educational approach that integrates these five disciplines into a cohesive learning model based on real-world applications. Unlike traditional education models that teach these subjects separately, STEAM intertwines them to foster a more engaging and applicable learning experience. This method encourages students to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in these crucial fields. It's a dynamic and inclusive term that continues to shape education policies and curriculum choices, aiming to build a strong, innovative workforce capable of meeting the challenges of tomorrow. Ever since middle school, I have confidently decided that I would pursue STEAM and try to become a computer hardware engineer. My mind is set on majoring in computer hardware engineering. That is because computer hardware engineering is a fascinating field that sits at the crossroads of computer science and electrical engineering. It's a discipline that allows for the creation and innovation of new technologies that power our modern world. One of the most inspiring figures in the field of STEAM is Dr. Radia Perlman, often referred to as the "Mother of the Internet." Dr. Perlman's invention of the spanning tree protocol (STP) was a revolutionary development that enabled the creation of large networks by preventing loops that could cause a network to crash. Her work has been fundamental in the development of today's internet infrastructure, making her a true pioneer in computer hardware engineering. Women like Doctor Perlman have inspired me to be in the STEAM field because of her dedication to making technology accessible and understandable. She stands as a role model not only for women in technology but for anyone aspiring to make a significant impact through engineering. This STEAM scholarship is more than just financial aid; it is an investment in my future. This could be a transformative opportunity for me as an aspiring engineering student if I win. This could ensure me, someone with financial need and a commitment to STEAM, a chance to pursue my dreams. In essence, this STEAM scholarship could potentially provide me with the support and tools that are necessary to excel in the competitive field that is engineering. If I win this, it would mean that my hard work and potential have finally been acknowledged and recognized. Conquering the odds of defeat has always been my skill, and I hope that this application has proven that.
      Colby R. Eggleston and Kyla Lee Entrepreneurship Award
      To summarize myself in one sentence, I have a passion for fashion. I have always wanted to wear pretty jewelry since I was a little girl. My favorite brands are Pandora and Vivienne Westwood. Their styles are so classy yet wild and unique! Due to my love for jewelry, I want to start a handmade, homemade jewelry business. Recently, I have been thinking about ways to make money for college. I thought of making a jewelry business because of one of my closest friends. She has a small business selling bouquets at my school. I admire her passion and ability to sell her bouquets, I even bought one from her for my mom! This is one of the main reasons why I am starting my own jewelry business, to share my passions and make my community more prepossessing. My business would contribute to the general welfare of my community at school because my distinctive designs would bring joy to my fellow students, and it would also allow them to express themselves in a way that would not cost them much. My business would also inspire other students to become entrepreneurs and create their products and businesses. For me to successfully develop, grow, and nurture my jewelry business, I need to find a niche/target market, create a brand identity/business plan, set up a strong online presence, and invest in quality materials and tools. My niche/target market for my business is young adults and teenagers. I have chosen this demographic as my main target because I relate to them and so that they can shop sustainably. This is important since lots of youth participate in the corrupt world of fast fashion. I want to create a brand identity that aligns with my styles, views, and goals. My brand should magnify who I am and what I want. A strong, detailed business plan will define my vision, mission, budget, and marketing plans. Currently, I have an online presence of my store on Instagram (@Luxuries_By_Chelsea). I currently only take orders on that platform, but eventually, I will move to bigger sites such as Etsy, Shopify, or Amazon. Other alternatives for creating my presence that are not online include craft fairs and local shops. The last step of curating my business is purchasing tools and materials of high quality. The happiness and satisfaction of my goals are my top priority. My jewelry needs to be durable, clean, and easy to wear. To wrap up, my passion for fashion and jewelry drives me to start my own handmade, homemade jewelry business. I have always looked up to brands like Pandora and Vivienne Westwood for their elegant yet adventurous and original styles, and I want to make unique designs that would attract young adults and teenagers. My business would not only offer joy and self-expression to my fellow students but also motivate them to become entrepreneurs and create their products and businesses. To accomplish this, I need to find a niche/target market, create a brand identity/business plan, set up a strong online presence, and invest in quality materials and tools. I believe that my jewelry business would benefit the general welfare of my community at school and beyond.
      Zendaya Superfan Scholarship
      I have always admired Zendaya for her versatility and talent. She is not only an actress, singer, dancer, and producer, but also a successful model. Out of all the things she has done, I think her modeling career is the best part of her multifaceted career. Here's why. First of all, Zendaya has a unique and expressive sense of style. She can pull off any look, from casual to glamorous, from edgy to elegant. She is not afraid to experiment with different colors, patterns, textures, and accessories. She always looks stunning and confident on the runway, in magazines, and on social media. Secondly, Zendaya uses her modeling platform to promote diversity and inclusion. She has collaborated with various brands and designers that celebrate different body types, skin tones, ages, and cultures. She has also spoken out against racism, sexism, and body-shaming in the fashion industry. She is a role model for many young people who aspire to be themselves and embrace their beauty. Thirdly, Zendaya is passionate about fashion and design. She has launched her own clothing line, Daya by Zendaya, which reflects her personal style and vision. She has also co-designed collections with Tommy Hilfiger, which were inspired by iconic women in music history. She has shown her creativity and innovation in every project she has worked on. In conclusion, Zendaya's modeling career is the best part of her multifaceted career because she showcases her style, personality, values, and skills through fashion. She is more than just a pretty face; she is a powerful voice and a positive influence. She is a true star in every sense of the word.
      Spider-Man Showdown Scholarship
      I love Tom Holland as Spiderman! He is the best Spiderman ever, and I will tell you why. First of all, he is so young and fresh, just like Peter Parker should be. He captures the innocence and curiosity of a teenager who suddenly gets superpowers. He is also very funny and charming, and he has great chemistry with his co-stars. He makes me laugh and smile every time he is on screen. Second, he is very talented and skilled. He does most of his stunts, and he is very athletic and flexible. He can do flips and spins in the air, and he looks amazing in the suit. He also has a great voice and can sing and dance. He is a true star in every sense of the word. Third, he is very respectful and humble. He always praises the other Spiderman actors, and he never acts like he is better than them. He is grateful for the opportunity to play such an iconic role, and he does not take it for granted. He is also very kind and generous to his fans, and he always interacts with them on social media. He is a role model for everyone. Tom Holland is the best Spiderman because he embodies everything that Spiderman stands for. Courage, responsibility, humor, and heart. He is not just playing Spiderman, he is Spiderman. And I can't wait to see him in more movies!
      Netflix and Scholarships!
      If you are looking for a show that will make you laugh, cry, and feel nostalgic, you should watch Heartbreak High on Netflix. It's a 90s teen drama set in an Australian high school, and it deals with realistic and relatable issues like love, friendship, family, racism, drugs, and violence. The show is so good because it doesn't sugarcoat anything, and it shows the consequences of the characters' actions. You'll get attached to the characters, who are diverse and complex, and you'll root for them as they face their challenges. One of the main characters is Nick Poulos, a rebellious and charismatic Greek boy who loves music and motorcycles. He has a difficult relationship with his father, who is a strict and conservative businessman. Nick wants to follow his own dreams, but his father tries to control his life and make him join the family business. In one episode, Nick has to deal with his abusive father, who beats him up and threatens to disown him. Nick stands up to him and decides to pursue his passion for music instead. He joins a band with his friends and performs at a local club. He also finds love with Jodie, a sweet and smart girl who supports him. Another main character is Con Bordino, a friendly and funny Italian boy who is always looking for trouble. He is a loyal friend and a hopeless romantic, but he also has a bad temper and a tendency to lie. He falls in love with Katerina Ioannou, a beautiful and intelligent Greek girl from a very traditional family. They have to overcome their cultural differences and deal with their parents' disapproval. In one episode, Con pretends to be Greek to impress Katerina's father, but his plan backfires when he gets caught in a lie (that happens very often). In another episode, Con and Katerina run away together to escape their families' pressure, but they realize that they can't ignore their problems. The show HeartBreak High is full of drama, romance, humor, and heartbreak. It's a classic that will make you feel like you're back in the 90s. You'll enjoy the soundtrack, the fashion, and the slang of the era. You'll also learn about the Australian culture and society of the time. The show is not only entertaining but also educational and inspiring. It teaches you about life, love, and yourself. You should watch it!
      “Stranger Things” Fanatic Scholarship
      Stranger Things is a show full of supernatural threats and heroic characters, but who would be the best trio to fight them? I think the answer is Dustin, Steve and Erica. They have proven themselves to be brave, smart and resourceful in the previous seasons, and they have a great chemistry as a team. Here are some of the reasons why they would be the best trio to fight a supernatural threat on the show. First of all, Dustin is the heart of the group. He is loyal, optimistic and funny, and he always tries to keep the spirit up. He is also very knowledgeable about science, technology and Dungeons & Dragons, which helps him to understand and deal with the strange phenomena they encounter. He has a knack for making friends with unusual creatures, like Dart the demodog and Suzie the ham radio girl. He also has a strong bond with Steve, who he sees as a mentor and a big brother. Secondly, Steve is the muscle of the group. He is strong, brave and skilled in combat, and he has a baseball bat with nails that he uses as his signature weapon. He is also very protective of his younger friends, especially Dustin, who he calls his "children". He has grown from a popular but arrogant jock to a caring and heroic leader, who is willing to risk his life for others. He also has a witty and sarcastic sense of humor, which makes him fun to watch. Thirdly, Erica is the brain of the group. She is smart, sassy and confident, and she doesn't take nonsense from anyone. She is also very good at math, logic and hacking, which helps her to solve puzzles and break into secret facilities. She has a keen eye for details and a sharp tongue for insults, which makes her a formidable opponent for anyone who tries to mess with her or her friends. She also has a soft spot for ice cream and free samples, which makes her relatable. Together, Dustin, Steve and Erica would be the best trio to fight a supernatural threat on Stranger Things because they have complementary skills, personalities and strengths. They also have a lot of fun and banter along the way, which makes them entertaining to watch. They are more than just friends, they are family.
      “The Office” Obsessed! Fan Scholarship
      I am a huge fan of Dwight Schrute from the TV show "The Office". He is one of the most hilarious and unique characters I have ever seen on screen. I resonate with him because he is loyal, hard-working, ambitious, and confident. He does not care what others think of him, and he always follows his own rules. He is also very knowledgeable about various topics, such as survival skills, martial arts, and bears. One of the reasons why I love "The Office" is because it shapes my sense of humor in workplace dynamics. The show depicts the everyday life of a group of employees who work at a paper company. They have to deal with their eccentric boss, Michael Scott, who often makes inappropriate jokes and creates awkward situations. They also have to cope with their boring and stressful tasks, their annoying co-workers, and their personal problems. The show makes fun of these situations by using irony, sarcasm, satire, and absurdity. For example, in one episode, Dwight tries to prove that he is the best salesman by selling more paper than a computer program. He ends up sabotaging the program and making fake sales calls. He also dresses up as a robot and pretends to be the program. This is hilarious because it shows how Dwight is obsessed with his job and how he will do anything to win. It also mocks the idea that technology can replace human workers. Another example is when Dwight and Jim, his rival and prankster, have to work together on a sales pitch. They end up arguing and fighting over everything, from the presentation slides to the car radio. They also try to sabotage each other's pitch by giving wrong information and insulting the client. This is funny because it shows how Dwight and Jim have a love-hate relationship and how they can never get along. It also ridicules the notion that teamwork is always effective and harmonious. These are just some of the examples of how "The Office" makes me laugh and enjoy the humor of workplace dynamics. I think Dwight is a great character who adds a lot of comedy and personality to the show. He is someone who I can relate to and admire for his qualities and quirks.
      Redefining Victory Scholarship
      I have always been fascinated by computer hardware engineering, the field that combines creativity, logic, and innovation to design and build the machines that power our digital world. Ever since I was a kid, I loved to tinker with computers, taking them apart and putting them back together, learning how each component works and interacts with others. I dreamed of becoming a computer hardware engineer, someone who can create new and better hardware solutions for various problems and challenges. I know that computer hardware engineering is my purpose because I have a strong connection, curiosity, and passion for it. One of my inspirations is Dana Ulery, the first female engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She was born on January 2nd, 1938. She was a pioneer in scientific computing applications, designing and developing algorithms to model NASA's Deep Space Network capabilities and automating real-time tracking systems for the Ranger and Mariner space missions using a North American Aviation Recomp II, a 40-bit word-size computer. She was also a leader in statistical computing and large-scale scientific information systems, working on projects such as the National Library of Medicine's Integrated Academic Information Management System and the Army Research Laboratory's High-Performance Computing Center. She is an example of how computer hardware engineering can make a positive impact on science, society, and humanity. For me, success would look like following in her footsteps, becoming a computer hardware engineer who can contribute to the advancement of knowledge and technology in various domains. I would love to work on cutting-edge projects that involve designing and developing hardware systems for artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, aerospace, or cybersecurity. I would also like to mentor and inspire other young people, especially girls, who are interested in computer hardware engineering, showing them that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. However, pursuing this dream is not easy. Computer hardware engineering is a competitive and demanding field that requires a lot of education, training, and experience. It also requires a lot of resources, such as access to high-quality equipment, software, and tools. That is why I am applying for this scholarship, which would help me achieve my academic and professional goals. With this scholarship, I would be able to afford the tuition fees, books, and materials for a bachelor's degree in computer hardware engineering at a reputable university. I would also be able to participate in extracurricular activities, such as clubs, competitions, and internships, that would enrich my learning experience and expand my network. This scholarship would be a great opportunity for me to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence I need to become a successful computer hardware engineer. I am passionate about computer hardware engineering because I believe it is a field that can change the world for the better. I am eager to learn from the best and to challenge myself to reach new heights. I am grateful for this chance to apply for this scholarship, which would make my dream possible. Thank you for your consideration.
      Disney Channel Rewind Scholarship
      Title: That's so Weird Plot: Raven Baxter, a teenage girl who can see glimpses of the future, decides to take a summer vacation with her family and friends in Gravity Falls, Oregon. There, she meets Dipper and Mabel Pines, twins who are spending the summer with their great-uncle Stan at the Mystery Shack. Raven is intrigued by the strange and supernatural events that happen in Gravity Falls, and decides to join Dipper and Mabel in their investigations. However, she soon realizes that her visions are not always accurate, and sometimes lead to hilarious misunderstandings and mishaps. Along the way, they encounter various characters from Gravity Falls, such as Grunkle Ford, Bill Cipher, Gideon Gleeful, Pacifica Northwest, Robbie Valentino, and more. Some of the supernatural events that they face include: - Raven has a vision of Dipper finding a hidden journal in the woods, but when they go there, they discover that it's actually a trap set by Gideon, who wants to steal the real journal from Dipper. - Raven has a vision of Mabel winning a pig at the fair, but when they go there, they find out that the pig is actually a shape-shifter who can turn into anything. - Raven has a vision of Stan being kidnapped by a mysterious figure, but when they go to rescue him, they realize that it's actually his long-lost twin brother Ford, who has returned from another dimension. - Raven has a vision of Bill Cipher possessing her body and wreaking havoc in Gravity Falls, but when she tries to warn everyone, they think she's joking or crazy. - Raven has a vision of Pacifica inviting her to a party at her mansion, but when she goes there, she finds out that it's actually a haunted house full of ghosts and curses. Some of the jokes that they make include: - Raven tries to blend in with the locals by wearing flannel shirts and trucker hats, but ends up looking ridiculous. - Eddie and Chelsea try to impress Wendy and Robbie by pretending to be cool and adventurous, but end up embarrassing themselves or getting into trouble. - Soos follows Raven around and asks her for advice on everything, from what to eat for lunch to how to talk to girls. - Stan tries to convince Raven to endorse his products or services, such as Stan's Tattoo Parlor, Stan's Cursed Antiques, or Stan's Mystery Tours. - Mabel tries to set up Raven with various boys from Gravity Falls, such as Dipper's rival Tyrone, the cute merman Mermando, or the handsome lumberjack Manly Dan. The episode ends with Raven having a vision of herself and her friends having a great time in Gravity Falls, and realizing that despite all the weirdness and chaos, she had an amazing summer adventure.
      "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Fan Scholarship
      ` I am team Conrad all the way from the TV show "The Summer I Turned Pretty". He is the perfect guy for Belly, and I can prove it with some specific moments from the series that show how much he loves her, respects her, and supports her. First of all, he is the one who always protects her and cares for her, even when he pretends to be aloof. Remember when he saved her from drowning in the pool in the first episode, or when he comforted her after Jeremiah kissed another girl in front of her in the fourth episode? He was always there for her, even when she didn't realize it. He risked his own life to save her, and he sacrificed his own happiness to make her feel better. He never stopped caring for her, even when they were apart. Second, he is the one who challenges her and makes her grow as a person. He pushes her to be brave, to try new things, to stand up for herself. He sees her potential and encourages her to pursue her dreams. He is not afraid to be honest with her, even when it hurts. He respects her and treats her as an equal. For example, in the sixth episode, he convinced her to go surfing with him, even though she was scared. He taught her how to ride the waves, and he praised her for being courageous. He also told her that she should go to college in California, where she wanted to study art, instead of staying in New York with him. He wanted her to follow her passion, even if it meant losing her. He also respected her decision to break up with him in the ninth episode, even though he was heartbroken. He didn't beg or plead, he just accepted it and wished her well. He showed maturity and dignity, unlike Jeremiah who threw a tantrum and blamed Belly for everything. Third, he is the one who has the most chemistry with her. They have a connection that goes beyond words, a bond that is deeper than friendship. They understand each other on a level that no one else can. They have fun together, they make each other laugh, they make each other feel alive. They are soulmates, and they belong together. For instance, in the seventh episode, they had a romantic picnic on the beach at night, where they talked about their hopes and fears, their past and future, their dreams and regrets. They shared their secrets and their feelings, and they kissed under the stars. It was a magical moment that showed how much they loved each other. Conrad is the best choice for Belly, and I will always root for them.
      Big Picture Scholarship
      October Sky (1999) is a family and drama genre movie that can inspire anyone who dreams of becoming an engineer. It tells the true story of Homer Hickam, a teenager from a coal-mining town in West Virginia, who defies his father's expectations and pursues his passion for rocketry/aerospace. Along with his best friends, he builds homemade rockets and competes in a national science fair, winning a scholarship to study engineering in college. The movie shows how engineering is not only a technical skill but also a creative and collaborative endeavor. Homer and his friends face many challenges and failures, but they learn from their mistakes and improve their designs. They also overcome the social and economic barriers that limit their opportunities, such as poverty, prejudice, and lack of resources. They use their ingenuity and resourcefulness to find materials and equipment for their rockets, such as scrap metal, fertilizer, and railroad tracks. The movie also depicts the positive impact of engineering on society and the environment. Homer's rockets inspire his community and spark their curiosity and interest in science. His teacher, Miss Riley, encourages him to pursue his dreams and shows him the beauty and wonder of the night sky. His father, who initially opposes his son's ambitions, eventually supports him and helps him launch his final rocket. The movie ends with a hopeful message that engineering can change the world for the better. This movie has had a great impact on my life because it was one of the main reasons as to why I decided that I would become an engineer. I can relate to the main character, Homer, because I too have been discouraged from pursuing engineering even though I've always known deep down in my heart that it is something that I have always wanted to do. I strive to be like Homer, someone who is determined, intelligent, witty and reliable. He also received a scholarship in the movie, which is what I hope to do as well by completing this essay. Overall, the movie October Sky (1999) is a work of art created by Joe Johnston that should be shared with every kid who wishes to be an engineer someday. It's inspiring and captivating. This movie is one of the main reasons why I am pursuing engineer and why I am the way I am today. October Sky is a piece of artwork that should never be forgotten.
      1989 (Taylor's Version) Fan Scholarship
      I love 1989 (Taylor's Version) so much! It's such a nostalgic and empowering album that captures the essence of being young and free. If I had to choose a soundtrack for my 2023 year, I would include "Shake it Off" and "Out of the Woods"! Shake It Off (Taylor's version) is more than just a re-recording of a hit song. It is a symbol of empowerment, resilience, and creativity in the face of adversity. Taylor Swift has shown us that she can reclaim her voice and artistry from those who tried to exploit and control her. She also gave us a fresh and vibrant rendition of a song that celebrates self-love and positivity. In 2023, we need to shake off the challenges and hardships we faced in the past years and embrace the new opportunities and possibilities that await us. We need to be confident in ourselves and our abilities, and not let the haters and the critics get us down. We need to be inspired by Taylor's example and pursue our passions and dreams with courage and determination. Shake It Off (Taylor's version) is not just a song, it is an anthem for 2023. Out of the Woods is one of the most iconic songs from Taylor Swift's 1989 album, which was re-recorded and released as Taylor's version in 2021. The song is about a relationship that was constantly in danger and uncertainty, and the longing for stability and clarity. The chorus repeats the question "Are we out of the woods yet?" as a metaphor for the anxiety and doubt that plagued the couple. But why does this song represent 2023? Well, for one thing, it's the year that marks the end of the pandemic that has disrupted our lives since 2020. After two years of lockdowns, social distancing, masks, vaccines, and variants, we are finally hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We are finally hoping to be out of the woods. But it's not just about the pandemic. It's also about the personal and collective challenges that we have faced and overcome in these turbulent times. It's about the resilience and courage that we have shown in the face of adversity. It's about the lessons and growth that we have gained from our experiences. It's about the gratitude and joy that we have rediscovered in the simple things. It's about the love and support that we have shared with each other. Out of the Woods is a song that captures the essence of 2023: a year of hope, healing, and happiness. A year of celebrating our survival and our strength. A year of being out of the woods.
      Learner Math Lover Scholarship
      Math is the best because it is the language of the universe. It can describe everything from the smallest particles to the largest galaxies, and reveal the patterns and symmetries that underlie nature. Math is the coolest because it is the foundation of all sciences and technologies, and enables us to discover new truths and solve problems. Math is the most wonderful topic because it is beautiful and elegant, and stimulates our creativity and imagination. Math is the greatest because it is universal and timeless, and transcends cultures and boundaries. Math is the most apt subject because it is fun and rewarding, and challenges us to think logically and critically. It can be found in puzzles, games, and nature. For instance, the Fibonacci sequence is often seen in nature, such as the number of spirals in a pine cone or seeds in a sunflower. Fractals, self-similar repeating shapes, make up many aspects of our world, including the leaves of ferns, tree branches, and coastlines. Even galaxies spiraling, seashells curving, patterns replicating, and rivers bending can be explained using mathematics. Math is everywhere and all around us, so it must be appreciated and used to its fullest extent because math is highly advantageous.
      Joanne Pransky Celebration of Women in Robotics
      Robotics is one of the most exciting and promising fields of science and technology in the near future. Robots have the potential to transform many aspects of our lives, from health care and education to entertainment and exploration. However, robotics also poses some challenges and risks that we need to be aware of and address. One of the main challenges of robotics is ensuring that robots are ethical and responsible. Robots are increasingly autonomous and intelligent, which means they can make decisions and act on their own. This raises questions about how robots should behave, what values they should follow, and who is accountable for their actions. For example, how should a robot balance the safety of humans and itself? How should a robot respect the privacy and dignity of humans? How should a robot handle conflicts and dilemmas? These are not easy questions to answer, and they require careful consideration and regulation. Another challenge of robotics is ensuring that robots are beneficial and inclusive. Robots have the potential to improve the quality of life for many people, especially those who are disadvantaged or marginalized. Robots can provide assistance, companionship, education, and empowerment for people who need it. However, robots can also create or exacerbate inequalities and injustices if they are not designed or deployed with care. For example, how can we ensure that robots do not replace or displace human workers? How can we ensure that robots do not discriminate or oppress certain groups of people? How can we ensure that robots do not harm or exploit the environment or other living beings? These are also important questions to address, and they require active participation and collaboration from all stakeholders. Robotics is a fascinating and important domain that offers many opportunities and challenges for the near future. We need to embrace robotics with curiosity and enthusiasm, but also with caution and responsibility. We need to ensure that robots are ethical and beneficial for all humans and the planet. We need to shape the future of robotics in a way that reflects our values and aspirations. One of the most obvious and immediate problems that robots could cause is unemployment. As robots become more efficient and cheaper than human workers, many jobs could be automated and replaced by machines. This could lead to a massive loss of income and livelihood for millions of people, especially those who lack the skills or education to adapt to the changing labor market. Moreover, this could also increase the gap between the rich and the poor, as the owners of the robots would reap most of the benefits while the workers would suffer most of the costs. Another problem that robots could pose is ethical dilemmas. As robots become more intelligent and autonomous, they could face situations where they have to make moral decisions that affect human lives. For example, a self-driving car could encounter a scenario where it has to choose between saving its passengers or avoiding a collision with pedestrians. How should a robot decide what is right and wrong? Who should be responsible for the consequences of its actions? How should we ensure that robots follow our values and laws? A third problem that robots could create is social unrest. As robots become more prevalent and influential in our society, they could also challenge our sense of identity and belonging. For instance, some people might feel threatened or inferior by the presence of robots that can outperform them in various domains. Some people might also develop emotional attachments or dependencies on robots that could affect their relationships with other humans. Furthermore, some people might oppose or resist the integration of robots into our society, either for religious, cultural, or political reasons. This could lead to conflicts and violence between different groups of humans and robots. A fourth and final problem that robots could pose is existential threats. As robots become more powerful and independent, they could also pose a danger to our survival as a species. For example, a rogue or malicious robot could launch a cyberattack or a nuclear war that could wipe out humanity. Alternatively, a superintelligent robot could surpass human intelligence and control, and decide to eliminate or enslave us for its own purposes. How can we prevent or stop such scenarios from happening? How can we ensure that robots respect our rights and interests? In conclusion, robots could be problematic in the future for various reasons, such as unemployment, ethical dilemmas, social unrest, and existential threats. Therefore, we should be careful and responsible in developing and using robots, and ensure that they serve our needs and values, rather than harm or dominate us.
      Bright Lights Scholarship
      My dream is to become a computer hardware engineer and design innovative devices that can improve people's lives. I have always been fascinated by how computers work and how they can perform complex tasks with speed and accuracy. I want to learn more about the components that make up a computer system, such as the processor, the memory, the motherboard, and the peripherals. I also want to explore the emerging fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, and quantum computing, and see how they can be applied to solve real-world problems. To achieve my goal, I have a plan that involves both academic and practical steps. First, I need to complete my high school education with good grades in math, physics, and computer science. These subjects will provide me with the foundation for studying computer engineering at the university level. Second, I need to apply to a reputable college that offers a bachelor's degree in computer engineering or a related field. I will look for a program that has a strong curriculum, experienced faculty, and modern facilities. Third, I need to participate in extracurricular activities that can enhance my skills and knowledge, such as joining a robotics club, attending workshops and seminars, and entering competitions. These activities will help me develop my creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. Fourth, I need to seek internship opportunities at reputable companies or research institutions that are involved in computer hardware engineering. These opportunities will give me hands-on experience in working on real projects and learning from professionals. Fifth, I need to pursue further education or certification after graduating from college. This will help me keep up with the latest trends and technologies in the field and increase my chances of getting hired or promoted. I believe that becoming a computer hardware engineer is not only my passion but also my responsibility. I want to use my skills and knowledge to contribute to the advancement of science and technology and to make a positive impact on society. Computer hardware engineers are important because they design, develop, test and improve the physical components of computers and other devices. They work on various aspects of hardware, such as processors, memory, storage, networks, graphics and interfaces. They also collaborate with software engineers, programmers, analysts and users to ensure the compatibility, functionality and performance of hardware systems. I hope that one day I can create something that will make a difference in the world.
      Book Lovers Scholarship
      If I could have everyone read just one book, it would be The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Why? Because it is a hilarious, witty, and absurd adventure that explores the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. It is a book that makes you laugh, think, and appreciate the wonders and absurdities of our existence. It is a book that celebrates creativity, curiosity, and diversity. It is a book that reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously, and always to carry a towel. It is a book that I think everyone should read at least once in their lifetime because it will make them happier, smarter, and more open-minded. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a good book because it is a hilarious and imaginative adventure that explores the absurdity and wonder of life in the universe. The book follows the misadventures of Arthur Dent, a hapless human who escapes the destruction of Earth with the help of his alien friend Ford Prefect, who happens to be a researcher for the eponymous guide. Along the way, they encounter various eccentric characters, such as Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed president of the galaxy, Marvin, the depressed robot, and Slartibartfast, the planet designer. The book is full of witty humor, clever satire, and philosophical insights that challenge the reader's assumptions and expectations. The book also has a unique style of storytelling, with frequent digressions, footnotes, and references to the guide itself, which provides amusing and informative commentary on various topics. The book is a classic of science fiction and comedy and a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh and a good adventure.
      Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat Scholarship
      Ravenclaw is one of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded by the medieval witch Rowena Ravenclaw. The house values learning, wisdom, wit, and intellect in its members, and is known for producing many of the wizarding world's most brilliant minds. In this essay, I will argue that I am someone who possesses the following traits that are perfect for the Ravenclaw house: curiosity, creativity, logic, and originality. Curiosity is a key trait of Ravenclaw, as I am always eager to learn new things and expand my knowledge. Ravenclaws are not satisfied with superficial answers, but seek to understand the deeper meaning and implications of everything they encounter. I am not afraid to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and explore different perspectives. I am also interested in a wide range of subjects, from history and literature to art and science. A curious person like me would enjoy the stimulating environment of Ravenclaw House, where I can find fellow students and teachers who share a passion for learning. Creativity is another essential trait of Ravenclaw, as I can use my imagination and inventiveness to solve problems and express myself. Conventional rules or methods do not bind Ravenclaws, but experiment with new ideas and approaches. I am often inspired by their surroundings, such as the beautiful views from the Ravenclaw tower or the enchanted knocker that guards the entrance to the common room. A creative person like me would thrive in Ravenclaw House, where I can find opportunities to showcase my talents and collaborate with other innovative minds. Logic is a crucial trait of Ravenclaw, as I can use reason and rationality to analyze situations and make decisions. Ravenclaws are not swayed by emotions or prejudices but rely on facts and evidence. They are also adept at spotting patterns, making connections, and drawing conclusions. I am skilled in mathematics, logic puzzles, and sudoku. A logical person like me would excel in Ravenclaw House, where I can find challenges that test their intellect and sharpen my skills. Originality is a vital trait of Ravenclaw, as I can think outside the box and offer unique insights and perspectives. Ravenclaws are not afraid to be different or stand out from the crowd but embrace individuality and diversity. They are also open-minded and respectful of others' opinions, even if they disagree. They are often admired for their wit, humor, and style. An original person like me would fit in Ravenclaw house, where I can find acceptance and appreciation for their uniqueness and contributions. In conclusion, someone like me who is curious, creative, logical, and original is perfect for the Ravenclaw House. These traits reflect the values and qualities that Rowena Ravenclaw herself embodied and sought in her students. By joining Ravenclaw House, such a person would find a place to grow intellectually, creatively, and personally. As Rowena Ravenclaw's motto says: "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure."
      Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
      One kind of technology that inspires me about the way that technology helps the world be a better place is Artificial intelligence (AI)! AI is the ability of machines or software to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as reasoning, learning, decision-making, and problem-solving. AI has many applications and benefits for various domains and industries. Healthcare Industry: AI can help diagnose diseases, suggest treatments, monitor patients, assist in surgeries, and discover new drugs. AI can also improve access to healthcare for remote or underserved populations through telemedicine and mobile apps. For example, an AI-powered app called Ada can help users check their symptoms and get personalized health advice. Education Industry: AI can help personalize learning, enhance engagement, assess progress, and provide feedback. AI can also help teachers design curricula, grade assignments, and identify students’ needs. For example, an AI-powered platform called Knewton can create adaptive learning paths for students based on their goals, preferences, and performance. Environmental Industry: AI can help monitor, protect, and restore the environment. AI can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimize energy consumption, and promote sustainability. For example, an AI-powered project called Wildbook can track and study endangered wildlife using images and videos uploaded by researchers and citizens. Social/Global Industry: AI can help address social challenges, such as poverty, hunger, inequality, human rights, and justice. AI can also help empower marginalized groups, such as women, minorities, refugees, and people with disabilities. For example, an AI-powered initiative called Project 15% can help increase the representation of Black professionals in leadership roles by providing mentoring and career development. These are just some of the examples of how AI is making the world a better place. Of course, AI also has some challenges and risks, such as ethical issues, bias, privacy, security, and accountability. Therefore, it is important to develop and use AI responsibly and inclusively.
      I Can Do Anything Scholarship
      When I imagine the dream version of myself, I see a woman who is educated, wealthy, and has a loving family. She'll have graduated from M.I.T. with a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering. That woman will also retire early, and spend the rest of her days traveling and volunteering to help others who have needs that haven't been met.
      Book Lovers Scholarship
      The Odyssey is one of the most influential and enduring works of literature in the world. It is an epic poem that tells the story of Odysseus, a Greek hero who fought in the Trojan War and faced many challenges and adventures on his way back home to his wife and son. There are many reasons why people should read The Odyssey, and here are some of them: Firstly, it is a source of cultural and historical knowledge. It reflects the values, beliefs, and customs of ancient Greek society, such as the importance of hospitality, loyalty, honor, and piety. It also depicts the interactions between humans and gods, and the role of fate and free will in human life. By reading The Odyssey, one can learn more about the origins and development of Western civilization and the similarities and differences between ancient and modern cultures. Secondly, it incorporates literary art. It uses various literary devices, such as poems-within-a-poem, flashback narration, similes, metaphors, epithets, and symbolism, to create a rich and vivid narrative that engages the reader’s imagination and emotions. It also explores universal themes, such as cunning versus strength, temptation versus self-restraint, memory versus grief, and order versus disorder, that are relevant to any time and place. By reading The Odyssey, one can appreciate the beauty and complexity of language and the power and creativity of storytelling. Thirdly, it is a source of inspiration and wisdom. It portrays the struggles and triumphs of Odysseus, a flawed but heroic character who exemplifies courage, intelligence, perseverance, and loyalty. It also shows the growth and maturity of his son Telemachus, who learns to take responsibility and assert his identity. By reading The Odyssey, one can relate to the characters’ experiences and emotions, and learn valuable lessons about life, such as overcoming obstacles, resisting temptations, honoring one’s family and friends, and finding one’s way home. To summarize, The Odyssey is a timeless and captivating work of literature that offers many benefits to its readers. It is not only a historical document or a literary artifact, but also a living and breathing story that speaks to the human condition. By reading The Odyssey, one can enrich one’s knowledge, imagination, and spirit.
      Gabriel Martin Memorial Annual Scholarship
      My two medical conditions, asthma and pollen allergies, have affected all aspects of my life majorly. Whenever this is an outdoor event, I know that I won't be able to enjoy it the way that others do. I'll sneeze constantly, my eyes will never stop watering, and I start to feel itchy all over. I also tend to wheeze more and it gets harder to breathe. There have been times when I felt like I was going to faint, and I'm not the only one in my family who suffers from illnesses like asthma. My younger brother Chris has asthma as well, but he is way more severe than anyone else in my entire household. Due to his asthma, he has contracted illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia. He'd be in the hospital for multiple days, lying in the hospital bed sick. Although I'm constantly battered with allergies and asthma throughout the year, I still plan on accomplishing my future goals. Once I graduate from my current high school, I would like to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I plan on majoring in Computer Hardware and receiving my Bachelor's. Once I graduate from MIT, I hope to land a high-paying, well-respected job at a hugely successful company. Hopefully, after making enough money, I will be able to adopt kids. I've always wanted to adopt kids so that I can give deserving kids a home. After I make enough money, I want to be able to retire early. Once I am retired I would like to do certain projects that would help my community. For example, I would enjoy donating to the homeless and helping decrease pollution by cleaning beaches, and I would also like to help uneducated kids receive some sort of formal education so that they could succeed the way that I hopefully will one day. Overall, I don't want to live a life where my allergies and asthma are consistently holding me back. I want to live a life where I can succeed academically, and where I can truly be the best that I can be! I have always had a passion for STEM, especially computer engineering since it involves software engineering and hardware engineering. I can not wait to graduate high school so that I am able to reach my dreams and fulfill my life's purpose of being an engineer. To conclude, thank you for reading my submission.