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Chisom Iwunze

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Hi! I am Chisom Iwunze, an international student studying at California State University in California. Being a Nigerian and the firstborn in my family, I am the first to pursue education abroad. Coming from a low-class background, my parents have made tremendous sacrifices to give me this opportunity to study in the USA, with the hope that I will return to help not only my family but also my community. My dream is to become a Software Engineer, working in a reputable IT organization to acquire the necessary skills and experience to establish my own organization in the future. This future endeavor will include an app designed to work in collaboration with major tech companies, such as Squarespace, to collect vital data on homelessness and contribute to solutions for this pressing issue. Additionally, I intend to provide educational opportunities and resources to those who lack access to quality education in my home country. Winning this scholarship would be a game-changer for me as it would enable me to graduate. I'm excited to be on the verge of completing my senior year. As I approach graduation, excitement is mixed with concern, primarily due to the high out-of-state tuition costs, which may potentially hinder my completion. With this scholarship, I hope to fulfill my educational aspirations and realize my dreams of making a positive impact on the lives of others. Thank you for considering my application, and I hope you'll recognize the potential in supporting my dreams and aspirations. Sincerely, Chisom Iwunze

Education

California State University-Sacramento

Associate's degree program
2021 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Computer Science

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Computer Science
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer Software

    • Dream career goals:

      Software developer & Front end Developer

    • Information Resources &Technology Student Assistant

      California State University Sacraemnto
      2022 – 20231 year
    • Degrees Project Advisor

      Califonia State University Sacramento
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Student Safety Ambassador

      CSU Sacramento
      2021 – Present3 years

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Varsity
    2016 – 20182 years

    Awards

    • I received a bronze medal in javelin
    • I also recieved a bronze medal in my 800m race

    Soccer

    Varsity
    2012 – 20186 years

    Awards

    • Best Goalkeper in a tournanment

    Research

    • Computer Science

      California State University Sacramento — Front end Developer
      2023 – 2023

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      California State University Sacraemnto — Student assistant for College of Engineering and Computer Science for Diversity and Inclusion
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Los Medanos College — Making decisions concerning students finances, clubs etc.
      2019 – Present
    • Volunteering

      As an international student, this was done back in my home country in a church organization. — Presenting the address(A paper with accolades) during the celebration
      2016 – 2017

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Entrepreneurship

    Revolutionizing Robotics and Computer Sciences Scholarship
    Revolutionizing Accessibility in AI Education In a rapidly evolving world, one thing I'd like to see undergo a revolution is accessibility in AI education. As a college student passionate about the field of robotics and computer science, I've witnessed the incredible advancements that AI has brought to our lives. However, these advancements have not been equally accessible to all, and this is where the need for a revolution arises. AI has the potential to transform industries, improve healthcare, revolutionize transportation, and enhance our daily lives. It is the driving force behind innovations in autonomous robotics, natural language processing, computer vision, and more. But AI education and opportunities have historically been limited to a select few, leaving a vast pool of untapped talent from under-recognized communities. The lack of accessibility to quality AI education stifles diversity in the field. Historically marginalized students often face barriers to entry, including limited access to resources, mentorship, and opportunities. As someone who believes in the power of diversity and inclusivity, I envision a world where AI education is democratized and accessible to all, regardless of their background. To revolutionize AI education, we must start by breaking down these barriers. This revolution would involve accessible resources, community engagement, inclusive curricula, scholarships, and corporate-academic partnerships. Firstly, we need to provide accessible resources. This means developing high-quality, free or low-cost online resources, courses, and tutorials that are available to anyone with an internet connection. These resources should be designed to accommodate diverse learning styles and levels. By doing so, we can remove the financial and geographical barriers that currently hinder many aspiring AI learners. Additionally, we should create a supportive community where students can connect with mentors, peers, and industry professionals. A sense of belonging and support is crucial for success in a complex field like AI. This community engagement can foster an environment of inclusivity and collaboration, where individuals from all backgrounds can thrive and learn from one another. Financial support is also essential. Scholarships and financial aid should be made available to under-recognized students pursuing degrees in AI-related fields. Scholarships, such as the Revolutionizing Robotics and Computer Sciences Scholarship, can make a significant difference in enabling talented individuals to pursue their dreams without the burden of financial constraints. Lastly, fostering corporate and academic partnerships is key. These collaborations can lead to the creation of initiatives that foster diversity and accessibility in AI education. They can help bridge the gap between education and industry, ensuring that students have opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.
    Bold Moments No-Essay Scholarship
    School, School, School. The importance of school in any child's life is unmatched and every student should be given to opportunity to attend any institution. But how excited are you, or emotional when it is your last day in school? Attached in this scholarship below, is I Chisom Iwunze Kelvin an international student from Nigeria, attending the last event before graduation in school. In this event, I was given an award, by the MD of my school, and that award was given for my good character shown in school. The several emotions all leading up to this day were wonderful.
    Impact Scholarship for Black Students
    As an international student, I have gone through difficulties, hardship, distress, to achieve my goal, and all these experiences I have gained are preparing really for what lies ahead. My educational goal is to study computer science and later become a programmer and during this process, I was faced with so many adversities and difficulties for me to achieve my dream. I would tell you a story, of how I, an immigrant wanted really to study in the USA. The life of an immigrant, the life as an international student, the life of a foreigner, living in another country, is not all bed and roses, it is never easy, and your status in that country, is not certain. As a Nigerian, who's now an international student, studying in the US, was all a dream. A dream so far, that one could only imagine and fantasize, through the American high school shows, I used to watch back home. As a Nigerian, I have traveled abroad, a few times, and my experience had been wonderful. Seeing those beautiful places with beautiful people, I would usually say to myself, "Imagine If I, from a low-class background, schooling abroad; Not just to school here, but to achieve my goal as a programmer and make my parents, relatives, and community back home proud. and If this dream of mine, ever came to past, I would never misuse this opportunity". Surprisingly, this dream of mine started slowly at the end of my secondary school year, where my dad told me that If I passed my TOEFL exams, he would consider the offer. Within myself, I felt that even if I passed my exams, tuition and other factors were also going to make it impossible. So, I took to his promise and worked hard towards my goal of passing exceedingly well in those exams. I had overcome that particular adversity. But, the roadblocks ahead always kept coming. I always had the finance factor in my head, because my dad, is the only main provider in a family of 5 children. He is really carrying the burden of this family. Again, I did well in those exams, and my dad stuck to his promise and called an agent to start the application process for me. During that process, I spent only one semester at a university in my home country while hoping and praying that my dream will come to pass and when I thought everything was going smoothly, then came to the visa process. Even if you spent so much money preparing all the documents, If you went to the embassy, for your interview, and you were denied, all that you have done would be in vain. So, I was scheduled to go for the F1 visa interview, while my dad was scheduled for the normal visa interview. We were also both scheduled together, so he could help me with the questions. So when it was the day of the interview, my dad and I were meant to take the interview together, but they told him to go first, and when he came out, he told me that he got denied. I thought that my life was over. my hope and dream were gone. So I was next. and you can imagine I being a teenager going in there, without a guardian, It would only take a miracle if I was given the student visa. As soon as I was about to enter I was told by someone who cross-checked my document to go back because I was missing something; and I said to myself, you get to live another day. Still having that fear of fumbling or getting rejected during my interview. So, I scheduled another interview and did the interview, and to my greatest surprise, I was given the visa! The overwhelming joy and happiness in my family that their first son was to school abroad was second to none. That was the happiest day of my life. I had overcome that huge stumbling block, approaching the final one which is my school tuition. So, during this admission process, I also had to change my career path from becoming a mechanical engineer to a computer scientist, because of not only the job opportunities but because of my recent love for computers. I am now about to transfer, to a four-year university, hoping to take on the last adversity towards my education, head-on. And looking back at all that I have faced coming this far, I have faith that I would be successful.
    Bubba Wallace Live to Be Different Scholarship
    Difficulties, hardship, distress, all these synonyms, are what I had to go through to achieve my goal. My educational goal is to study computer science and later become a programmer and during this process, I was faced with so many adversities and difficulties for me to achieve my dream. I would tell you a story, of how I, an immigrant wanted really to study in the USA. The life of an immigrant, the life as an international student, the life of a foreigner, living in another country, is not all bed and roses, it is never easy, and your status in that country, is not certain. As a Nigerian, who's now an international student, studying in the US, was all a dream. A dream so far, that one could only imagine and fantasize, through the American high school shows, I used to watch back home. As a Nigerian, I have traveled abroad, a few times, and my experience had been wonderful. Seeing those beautiful places with beautiful people, I would usually say to myself, "Imagine If I, from a low-class background, schooling abroad; Not just to school here, but to achieve my goal as a programmer and make my parents, relatives, and community back home proud. and If this dream of mine, ever came to past, I would never misuse this opportunity". Surprisingly, this dream of mine started slowly at the end of my secondary school year, where my dad told me that If I passed my TOEFL exams, he would consider the offer. Within myself, I felt that even if I passed my exams, tuition and other factors were also going to make it impossible. So, I took to his promise and worked hard towards my goal of passing exceedingly well in those exams. I had overcome that particular adversity. But, the roadblocks ahead always kept coming. I always had the finance factor in my head, because my dad, is the only main provider in a family of 5 children. He is really carrying the burden of this family. Again, I did well in those exams, and my dad stuck to his promise and called an agent to start the application process for me. During that process, I spent only one semester at a university in my home country while hoping and praying that my dream will come to pass and when I thought everything was going smoothly, then came to the visa process. Even if you spent so much money preparing all the documents, If you went to the embassy, for your interview, and you were denied, all that you have done would be in vain. So, I was scheduled to go for the F1 visa interview, while my dad was scheduled for the normal visa interview. We were also both scheduled together, so he could help me with the questions. So when it was the day of the interview, my dad and I were meant to take the interview together, but they told him to go first, and when he came out, he told me that he got denied. I thought that my life was over. my hope and dream were gone. So I was next. and you can imagine I being a teenager going in there, without a guardian, It would only take a miracle if I was given the student visa. As soon as I was about to enter I was told by someone who cross-checked my document to go back because I was missing something; and I said to myself, you get to live another day. Still having that fear of fumbling or getting rejected during my interview. So, I scheduled another interview and did the interview, and to my greatest surprise, I was given the visa! The overwhelming joy and happiness in my family that their first son was to school abroad was second to none. That was the happiest day of my life. I had overcome that huge stumbling block, approaching the final one which is my school tuition. So, during this admission process, I also had to change my career path from becoming a mechanical engineer to a computer scientist, because of not only the job opportunities but because of my recent love for computers. I am now about to transfer, to a four-year university, hoping to take on the last adversity towards my education, head-on. And looking back at all I that I have faced coming this far, I have faith that I would be successful.
    Elevate Black Entrepreneurs Scholarship
    As a Christian and a true believer of God, back from my home country in Nigeria till now, Jesus has really changed my life in many ways, but one which I would like to describe in this essay. The life of an immigrant, life as an international student, life of a foreigner, living in another country, is not all bed and roses, is not easy, and your status is not certain. As a Nigerian, now being an international student, studying in the US, was all a dream. A dream so far, that one could only imagine and fantasize, through the high school shows, I used to watch back home. As a Nigerian, I have traveled a couple of times to different countries but spent most of my time living in Nigeria and when I would travel to the US in high school, I would only wish that one day I would school in this beautiful country. A wish that could happen when I was told by my dad that if I pass my TOEFL exams, and the remaining exams towards the end of my high school year, that he would consider that option. So, I took to his promise and worked towards the goal of passing exceedingly well in those exams, and prayed to God to help me achieve this beautiful dream. That was just a step towards this whole journey because I personally knew that they were also other factors apart from the exams, that would make this journey, not so easy. One crucial factor is finance. I also knew that it would take only the grace of God for my dad to pay the tuition if I was to school here. This is because my dad is literally, the only one that pays everything for the children of 5, while my mum owns a small business, and the whole burden in terms of finances is literally on him. Again, I did well in those exams, and my dad stuck to his promise and called an agent to start the application process for me. During this process, I spent only 1 semester at a university in my home country while hoping and praying that my dream will come to pass. I also experienced other hurdles like the visa process and passport process, but I had faith I would accomplish this goal. For the F1 visa, my dad and I were scheduled to go for the interview, but he later got denied and I was sent back without doing the interview, because of a missing document. I genuinely taught it was over even with the acceptance form from the school if you do not have a visa to a country you obviously cannot come. I scheduled another interview and did the interview alone without a guardian for the first time. Only one could imagine the fear I was going through that day. Once I get denied, that is over. To my greatest surprise I was given, and that was one of the happiest days of my life. The celebration and thanksgiving, over after that were immense. I had to also change my career path from becoming a mechanical engineer to a computer scientist because of the technological job opportunities available in this country because of places like silicon valley and my dream of becoming a computer scientist and an entrepreneur in the US came to preeminence. My academic goals in life are, finishing strongly in LMC by attaining a GPA of nothing less than 3.4, I would also like to make a positive impact in my community college with my experience from my home country either through the student body or the student government. Although, in terms of impact, I have already impacted students positively in LMC(Los Medanos College), through my decisions during my time in the student government as a senator. Asides from that, I would surely also love to transfer after my 2 years from a community college to another college, in which I would graduate with excellent grades and an excellent character. My career goals as a computer science major are, After my academic year, I would like to work in a reputable IT(Information technology) or a software development company, gain some level of experience, and improve my overall knowledge and coding skills. Asides from that, I would also like to also create my organization in IT because of my love for games and mobile apps. later in my career, the organization would also center around helping future entrepreneurs, especially back in my home country.
    Hailey Julia "Jesus Changed my Life" Scholarship
    As a Christian and a true believer of God, back from my home country in Nigeria till now, Jesus has really changed my life in many ways, but one which I would like to describe in this essay. The life of an immigrant, life as an international student, life of a foreigner, living in another country, is not all bed and roses, is not easy, and your status is not certain. As a Nigerian, now being an international student, studying in the US, was all a dream. A dream so far, that one could only imagine and fantasize, through the high school shows, I used to watch back home. As a Nigerian, I have traveled a couple of times to different countries but spent most of my time living in Nigeria and when I would travel to the US in high school, I would only wish that one day I would school in this beautiful country. A wish that could happen when I was told by my dad that if I pass my TOEFL exams, and the remaining exams towards the end of my high school year, that he would consider that option. So, I took to his promise and worked towards the goal of passing exceedingly well in those exams, and prayed to God to help me achieve this beautiful dream. That was just a step towards this whole journey because I personally knew that they were also other factors apart from the exams, that would make this journey, not so easy. One crucial factor is finance. I also knew that it would take only the grace of God for my dad to pay the tuition if I was to school here. This is because my dad is literally, the only one that pays everything for the children of 5, while my mum owns a small business, and the whole burden in terms of finances is literally on him. Again, I did well in those exams, and my dad stuck to his promise and called an agent to start the application process for me. During this process, I spent only 1 semester at a university in my home country while hoping and praying that my dream will come to pass. I also experienced other hurdles like the visa process and passport process, but I had faith I would accomplish this goal. For the F1 visa, my dad and I were scheduled to go for the interview, but he later got denied and I was sent back without doing the interview, because of a missing document. I genuinely taught it was over even with the acceptance form from the school if you do not have a visa to a country you obviously cannot come. I scheduled another interview and did the interview alone without a guardian for the first time. Only one could imagine the fear I was going through that day. Once I get denied, that is over. To my greatest surprise I was given, and that was one of the happiest days of my life. The celebration and thanksgiving, over after that were immense. I had to also change my career path from becoming a mechanical engineer to a computer scientist because of the technological job opportunities available in this country because of places like silicon valley and my dream of becoming a computer scientist in the US came to preeminence. When I went through situations like my dad's visa getting denied, and the delay in the passport and the interview process, in all honestly, my trust was only in God. And I would never forget what I told him before all of this. "Father Lord, other people have other gods, but I believe in you please do not let my enemies laugh at me ". Just that statement, I vividly remember changed my whole life. I became an international student through faith, and for that, I would never ever forget God.