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Luis Jacobo

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Bio

Hello, I'm Luis Jacobo, a sophomore pursuing dual degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo and Western Michigan University. Alongside my academic pursuits, I'm currently focusing on completing a minor in Solid Mechanics & Structures and a concentration in Medical Devices. My next aim is to obtain my master's degree through my university's accelerated program for better opportunities and cost-effective options. My ultimate goal is to achieve a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and specialize in the field of thermal engineering. My passion for research and development has led me to explore areas of cryogenics and superconductivity, and I aspire to contribute towards finding solutions to the climate crisis while discovering new clean and energy-efficient sources. By dedicating my time and efforts to such noble causes, I'm confident of making a significant impact on building a sustainable future.

Education

Western Michigan University

Master's degree program
2024 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • GPA:
    3.6

Western Michigan University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • GPA:
    3.6

Colegio Cristiano Genesis

High School
2005 - 2021
  • Majors:
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Minors:
    • Applied Mathematics, General
  • GPA:
    3.9

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering
    • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other
    • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology/Technician, General
    • Air Transportation
    • Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians
    • Electromechanical Engineering
    • Engineering Mechanics
    • Materials Sciences
    • Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

    • Dream career goals:

      Research and Development | Thermal Engineering | Material Engineering

    • Engineering Graphics TA

      INTEC
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Documentantion Intern

      INTEC
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Archive Technician

      ANADIVE
      2020 – 2020
    • IT Technician

      Limesa Motors
      2010 – 202111 years

    Sports

    Tennis

    Club
    2020 – Present4 years

    Research

    • Materials Engineering

      INTEC — Assistant Investigator
      2022 – Present
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical/Space Engineering

      Aerointec — Researcher
      2022 – 2022

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Scouts of Santo Domingo — Secretary
      2017 – 2020

    Future Interests

    Volunteering

    Go Blue Crew Scholarship
    Here is a 400 word essay for the prompt "Tell us a little about yourself. What are your goals for the future?": I am an aerospace engineering student with a passion for science, technology, and making a positive difference in the world. My journey to this point has been shaped by my experiences growing up in the Dominican Republic, where I developed a deep curiosity about the world around me and a drive to learn as much as I could. Ultimately, my desire to access the best possible educational and professional opportunities led me to make the difficult decision to leave my home country. It hasn't always been easy being an international student, but I am determined to make the most of every chance I have to gain knowledge and experience in my field. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I have sought out opportunities to get hands-on engineering experience and contribute to cutting-edge research. I have had the privilege of working as an undergraduate researcher on projects related to satellites and material science, collaborating with brilliant professors and students to break new ground. Through this work, I have honed my skills in areas like design, testing, data analysis, and problem-solving, while gaining a deeper understanding of the real-world applications of aerospace engineering. Although I haven't yet been able to secure an internship or co-op due to the challenges of being an international student, I remain optimistic and am constantly seeking new ways to gain experience and make an impact. Looking ahead, my ultimate goal is to build a career that allows me to use my engineering skills to make meaningful contributions to society. I am particularly interested in the potential of aerospace technology to advance scientific discovery, enhance global connectivity, and even pave the way for humanity to explore and inhabit worlds beyond Earth. Whether I end up working in industry, academia, or the public sector, I want to be part of a team that is tackling big challenges and pushing the boundaries of what's possible. To achieve these ambitious goals, I plan to pursue graduate studies in aerospace engineering, with a focus on developing expertise in areas like spacecraft design, propulsion systems, and advanced materials. I am also eager to gain more professional experience through internships, research positions, or entrepreneurial ventures. Ultimately, I aspire to take on leadership roles that allow me to guide and mentor others, foster innovation, and shape the direction of the aerospace field. Beyond my professional aspirations, I am also committed to being a well-rounded individual who makes a positive impact in my personal life and community. I believe in the power of education, hard work, and service to others, and I strive to embody these values in everything I do. No matter where my engineering career takes me, I will always look for ways to give back, inspire others, and be a force for good in the world.
    Anderson Engineering Scholarship
    I am pursuing a career in engineering because I am deeply passionate about using science and technology to solve problems and advance human progress. As an aerospace engineering student, I am particularly fascinated by the incredible machines that allow us to explore the frontiers of space and push the boundaries of what's possible. I believe that through a career in engineering, I can make meaningful contributions to scientific discovery and technological innovation that improve people's lives. My interest in engineering is not just academic - I have sought out hands-on experiences to build my skills and knowledge. As an undergraduate researcher, I have had the opportunity to work on exciting projects related to satellites and material science. Through this research, I have gained invaluable experience in areas like design, testing, data analysis, and problem-solving. Working in a lab setting has allowed me to apply concepts from my coursework to real-world engineering challenges. It has been incredibly rewarding to work collaboratively with professors and fellow students to break new ground and make new discoveries, even at this early stage of my career. These research experiences have only deepened my conviction that engineering is the right path for me. I am eager to continue building my technical expertise, creativity, and leadership skills through additional hands-on engineering projects, internships, and eventually a professional role. I know the road ahead won't always be easy - as an international student from the Dominican Republic, I have already faced challenges in securing opportunities like internships and co-ops. Recruiters have told me directly that my international status makes it difficult for them to hire me. However, I remain optimistic that through hard work, persistence, and a commitment to excellence, I will find a way forward. I am determined to make the most of every chance to gain engineering experience and prove myself. Ultimately, my career aspirations as an engineer are driven by a desire to have a positive impact on the world. I left my home country in search of better professional opportunities and the chance to contribute to important scientific advancements. I believe that through engineering, I can play a role, however small, in tackling the major challenges facing humanity, from climate change to global health to space exploration. I am excited to be part of a field that is constantly pushing the envelope and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. Whatever form my career ultimately takes - whether in industry, academia, or the public sector - I know that I want to use my skills to make a difference. Engineering is a challenging but immensely rewarding field. It demands curiosity, creativity, analytical rigor, and a drive to keep learning and growing. I believe I have these qualities, as well as the passion and determination to overcome obstacles and achieve ambitious goals. Step by step, I am working to build the knowledge, skills, and experiences I will need for a successful career in engineering. I still have a long way to go, but I am excited for the journey ahead.
    Powering The Future - Whiddon Memorial Scholarship
    As a Latino student from a low-income background, I have faced significant adversity in my educational journey. Growing up in a third-world country, access to quality education and resources was limited, and my family had to make countless sacrifices to support my schooling. Despite these challenges, my passion for STEM, particularly in the fields of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has driven me to pursue my dreams against all odds. From a young age, I developed a deep fascination with understanding how things work and exploring the fundamental principles that govern our universe. This curiosity led me to excel in math and science, often going above and beyond the curriculum to learn more. However, the financial strain on my family meant that I had to balance my studies with part-time jobs to help make ends meet. This left little time for extracurricular activities or additional learning opportunities. Despite these obstacles, I remained determined to succeed academically and secure a brighter future for myself and my family. I sought out scholarships, participated in free online courses, and worked closely with my teachers to gain access to the resources I needed to thrive. Through hard work and perseverance, I achieved top grades and became the first in my family to be accepted into a prestigious university to study mechanical and aerospace engineering. My passion for STEM stems from a desire to make a positive impact on society and contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge. I believe that the fields of mechanical and aerospace engineering hold immense potential for solving complex global challenges, from developing sustainable energy solutions to advancing space exploration. I am particularly interested in using my skills to promote diversity and inclusion in STEM, breaking down barriers and inspiring other underrepresented students to pursue their dreams. However, as I embark on my university journey, I am acutely aware of the financial challenges that lie ahead. The cost of tuition, textbooks, and living expenses is daunting, and I fear that without additional support, I may have to put my dreams on hold. A scholarship would be a life-changing opportunity, providing me with the financial stability and resources I need to focus on my studies and reach my full potential. With the support of a scholarship, I would be able to dedicate myself fully to my coursework and research, without the constant worry of making ends meet. I would have the opportunity to participate in internships, attend conferences, and collaborate with leading experts in my field. These experiences are crucial for my academic and professional growth and would greatly enhance my ability to make a meaningful impact in the world of STEM. Furthermore, a scholarship would have a ripple effect on my community and beyond. As a first-generation college student and a Latino in STEM, I am committed to using my success to inspire and mentor others from disadvantaged backgrounds. I want to be a role model and an advocate for diversity and inclusion, showing that with hard work, determination, and the right support, anyone can achieve their dreams. In conclusion, my journey in pursuing a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering has been marked by adversity, but also by an unwavering passion and determination to succeed. Financial support in the form of a scholarship would be instrumental in helping me overcome the challenges I face and achieve my goals of making a positive impact in the world of STEM. By investing in my education, a scholarship would not only change my life but also contribute to building a more diverse, equitable, and innovative future for all.
    Riegle Family Scholarship
    Growing up in a low-income household in a third-world country, my financial situation has greatly impacted my educational journey. Despite my passion for learning and desire to pursue higher education in quantum mechanics and particle physics, the cost of tuition and academic expenses has been a daunting barrier. My family has made countless sacrifices to support my education, often foregoing basic necessities. The financial strain has limited my access to opportunities and taken a toll on my mental well-being, causing stress and anxiety. I've had to take on multiple part-time jobs, leaving little time for studying or extracurricular activities. Yet, I remain determined to pursue my dream of becoming a quantum physicist and contributing to scientific advancement. Receiving a scholarship would be life changing. It would alleviate the financial burden, provide stability, and allow me to focus on my studies and reach my full potential. I could dedicate my time to delving deeper into quantum mechanics and particle physics, engaging in research, and collaborating with others who share my passion. A scholarship would open up a world of opportunities previously out of reach - attending conferences, accessing cutting-edge labs and research facilities, and networking with experts. These are crucial for my academic and professional growth. The impact extends beyond just me. As a quantum physicist, I aspire to contribute to new technologies and innovations that could revolutionize computing, energy, medicine and more. I'm committed to using my success to inspire and mentor others from disadvantaged backgrounds and be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM. My financial hardships have fueled my determination to succeed and make a difference. A scholarship would provide the resources and opportunities I need to achieve my dream. Supporting my education would enable me to conduct groundbreaking research, develop new technologies, and inspire others to pursue STEM. A scholarship's impact extends far beyond one individual - it has the power to shape a more innovative, equitable future for all.
    Eleven Scholarship
    Throughout my life, I have faced numerous challenges and setbacks, but one experience, in particular, stands out as a defining moment that shaped my character and taught me the importance of resilience and perseverance. During my sophomore year of high school, I faced a significant academic hurdle that tested my resolve and forced me to push myself beyond my limits. As a student who had always excelled in my studies, I was caught off guard when I struggled to comprehend the complex concepts in my advanced physics class. Despite my best efforts, I found myself falling behind, and my grades began to suffer. I felt overwhelmed and discouraged, questioning my ability to succeed in a subject that I had always been passionate about. Rather than succumbing to self-doubt and giving up, I decided to face this challenge head-on and "turn it up to 11." I sought help from my teacher, who provided me with extra resources and guidance. I also formed a study group with my classmates, where we worked together to break down difficult concepts and solve complex problems. We met regularly outside of class, often staying late into the evening to review material and discuss our progress. In addition to seeking support from others, I also took it upon myself to go above and beyond in my own studying. I spent countless hours poring over textbooks, watching online lectures, and working through practice problems. I even reached out to professors at a local university, seeking their advice and insights on the topics I was struggling with. Through this process, I learned the value of perseverance and the importance of seeking help when needed. I discovered that success is not always about innate talent or intelligence, but rather about the willingness to put in the hard work and push oneself beyond one's comfort zone. I also gained a deeper appreciation for the power of collaboration and the importance of surrounding oneself with supportive and motivated individuals. In the end, my hard work and dedication paid off. I not only managed to catch up in my physics class, but I also excelled, earning one of the highest grades in the course. This experience taught me that I am capable of overcoming even the most daunting challenges, as long as I am willing to put in the effort and seek out the resources and support I need. Looking back, I am grateful for this setback, as it helped me develop a growth mindset and a resilient spirit. I learned that failure is not a permanent state, but rather an opportunity for growth and learning. I also gained a newfound confidence in my ability to tackle difficult problems and persevere in the face of adversity. As I move forward in my academic and professional journey, I carry these lessons with me. I know that I will face many more challenges and obstacles along the way, but I am confident in my ability to "turn it up to 11" and overcome them. Whether it is through seeking help from others, putting in extra hours of study, or pushing myself outside of my comfort zone, I am committed to doing whatever it takes to achieve my goals and make a meaningful impact in the world.
    SigaLa Education Scholarship
    As a Latino student pursuing a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, with aspirations to conduct research in quantum mechanics and particle physics, I have chosen this field of study because of my deep passion for understanding the fundamental laws that govern the universe. From a young age, I have been fascinated by the intricate workings of machines and the vast expanse of space, and I have always dreamed of contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge in these areas. My short-term goals are to excel in my undergraduate studies, gaining a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, and engineering principles. I plan to engage in research opportunities, working alongside experienced faculty members and contributing to cutting-edge projects in aerospace technology and mechanical systems. I also hope to attend conferences and workshops, where I can learn from and network with leading experts in the field. In the long term, my goal is to pursue graduate studies in physics, specializing in quantum mechanics and particle physics. I believe that my background in mechanical and aerospace engineering will provide a unique perspective and skill set that can contribute to the advancement of these fields. I aspire to become a research scientist at a leading university or national laboratory, conducting groundbreaking experiments and developing new theories that push the boundaries of our understanding of the universe. As an underrepresented minority in STEM, I am acutely aware of the challenges and barriers that I may face in my career. Latinos are significantly underrepresented in fields such as engineering and physics, and this lack of diversity can lead to feelings of isolation, imposter syndrome, and a lack of support and mentorship. However, I believe that my identity as a Latino engineer and physicist also gives me a unique perspective and strengths that can contribute to the advancement of these fields. I am committed to using my platform and success to advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in STEM. I want to serve as a visible role model for other Latino students, showing them that they too can succeed in these fields and make valuable contributions to scientific knowledge. I also hope to work with academic institutions and scientific organizations to develop programs and initiatives that support underrepresented minority students in pursuing careers in engineering and physics, such as mentorship programs, research opportunities, and financial assistance. This scholarship would have a significant impact on my ability to achieve my academic and career goals. As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, the cost of higher education has always been a daunting barrier. I have had to work multiple part-time jobs to support myself and my family while also trying to excel in my studies. This scholarship would provide much-needed financial relief, allowing me to focus on my coursework and research without the constant stress and worry of how to make ends meet. Moreover, this scholarship would open up new opportunities for me to engage in research, attend conferences, and participate in other academic enrichment activities. These experiences are crucial for my professional development and would greatly enhance my competitiveness for graduate school and future career opportunities. By investing in my education and potential, this scholarship would not only benefit me personally but also contribute to the advancement of the fields of engineering and physics and the creation of a more diverse and inclusive scientific community.
    Ratan Lal Mundada Memorial Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a low-income household in a third-world country, my financial situation has had a profound impact on my educational journey. Despite my deep passion for learning and my desire to pursue higher education in quantum mechanics and particle physics, the cost of tuition, textbooks, and other academic expenses has always loomed as a daunting barrier. My family has had to make countless sacrifices to support my education thus far, often foregoing basic necessities to ensure that I had access to the resources I needed to succeed academically. The financial strain has not only limited my access to educational opportunities but has also taken a toll on my mental well-being. The constant worry about how to afford the next semester's tuition or whether I will have enough money for food and housing has been a persistent source of stress and anxiety. There have been times when I have had to take on multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet, leaving little time for studying or engaging in extracurricular activities that could have enhanced my academic experience. Despite these challenges, I have remained determined to pursue my dream of becoming a quantum physicist and contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge. I firmly believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a better future for myself, my family, and my community. However, without financial support, the path to achieving my dream remains an uphill battle. Receiving a scholarship would be a life-changing opportunity for me. It would alleviate the immense financial burden that has weighed heavily on my shoulders and provide me with the stability and resources I need to focus on my studies and reach my full potential. With a scholarship, I would no longer have to worry about how to pay for tuition or whether I can afford to buy the necessary textbooks and equipment. Instead, I could dedicate my time and energy to delving deeper into the fascinating world of quantum mechanics and particle physics, engaging in research projects, and collaborating with like-minded individuals who share my passion for scientific discovery. Moreover, a scholarship would open up a world of opportunities that have previously been out of reach for me. It would allow me to attend conferences, workshops, and seminars where I can learn from and network with leading experts in my field. It would provide me with access to cutting-edge laboratories and research facilities where I can gain hands-on experience and contribute to groundbreaking discoveries. But the impact of a scholarship extends far beyond just my personal achievements. By supporting my education and enabling me to pursue my dream, a scholarship would also have a ripple effect on society as a whole. As a quantum physicist, I aspire to contribute to the development of new technologies and innovations that have the potential to revolutionize fields such as computing, energy, and medicine. From the creation of ultra-secure communication networks using quantum encryption to the development of new materials with extraordinary properties, the applications of quantum mechanics and particle physics are vast and far-reaching. Furthermore, as someone who has overcome significant barriers to pursue my passion for physics, I am committed to using my knowledge and success to inspire and mentor others from disadvantaged backgrounds. I want to be a role model and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, showing that with hard work, determination, and the right support, anyone can achieve their dreams and make a positive impact on the world.
    Friends of Ohm Labs Scholarship
    As someone who grew up in a low-income household in a third-world country, my financial situation has had a profound impact on my educational journey. Despite my deep passion for learning and my desire to pursue higher education in quantum mechanics and particle physics, the cost of tuition, textbooks, and other academic expenses has always loomed as a daunting barrier. My family has had to make countless sacrifices to support my education thus far, often foregoing basic necessities to ensure that I had access to the resources I needed to succeed academically. The financial strain has not only limited my access to educational opportunities but has also taken a toll on my mental well-being. The constant worry about how to afford the next semester's tuition or whether I will have enough money for food and housing has been a persistent source of stress and anxiety. There have been times when I have had to take on multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet, leaving little time for studying or engaging in extracurricular activities that could have enhanced my academic experience. Despite these challenges, I have remained determined to pursue my dream of becoming a quantum physicist and contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge. I firmly believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and creating a better future for myself, my family, and my community. However, without financial support, the path to achieving my dream remains an uphill battle. Receiving a scholarship would be a life-changing opportunity for me. It would alleviate the immense financial burden that has weighed heavily on my shoulders and provide me with the stability and resources I need to focus on my studies and reach my full potential. With a scholarship, I would no longer have to worry about how to pay for tuition or whether I can afford to buy the necessary textbooks and equipment. Instead, I could dedicate my time and energy to delving deeper into the fascinating world of quantum mechanics and particle physics, engaging in research projects, and collaborating with like-minded individuals who share my passion for scientific discovery. Moreover, a scholarship would open up a world of opportunities that have previously been out of reach for me. It would allow me to attend conferences, workshops, and seminars where I can learn from and network with leading experts in my field. It would provide me with access to cutting-edge laboratories and research facilities where I can gain hands-on experience and contribute to groundbreaking discoveries. But the impact of a scholarship extends far beyond just my personal achievements. By supporting my education and enabling me to pursue my dream, a scholarship would also have a ripple effect on society as a whole. As a quantum physicist, I aspire to contribute to the development of new technologies and innovations that have the potential to revolutionize fields such as computing, energy, and medicine. From the creation of ultra-secure communication networks using quantum encryption to the development of new materials with extraordinary properties, the applications of quantum mechanics and particle physics are vast and far-reaching. Furthermore, as someone who has overcome significant barriers to pursue my passion for physics, I am committed to using my knowledge and success to inspire and mentor others from disadvantaged backgrounds. I want to be a role model and an advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, showing that with hard work, determination, and the right support, anyone can achieve their dreams and make a positive impact on the world.
    Shays Scholarship
    My motivation to pursue higher education stems from a deep-rooted passion for understanding the fundamental workings of the universe. From a young age, I found myself captivated by the mysteries of the cosmos and the intricate dance of subatomic particles that underlie all matter. This fascination led me to the realization that a higher education in physics, specifically in the fields of quantum mechanics and particle physics, would provide me with the tools and knowledge necessary to unravel these mysteries and contribute to the advancement of scientific understanding. Growing up in a third-world country, access to quality education and scientific resources was limited. Despite these challenges, my curiosity and determination to learn never wavered. I sought out every opportunity to explore the world of physics, from devouring textbooks and scientific articles to engaging in discussions with like-minded individuals online. The more I learned about the bizarre and counterintuitive nature of quantum mechanics and the incredible discoveries made in particle physics, the more I realized that this was the path I wanted to pursue. The field of quantum mechanics excites me because it challenges our intuitive understanding of reality. It reveals a world where particles can exist in multiple states simultaneously, where entanglement allows for instantaneous communication across vast distances, and where the act of observation can fundamentally alter the outcome of an experiment. The philosophical implications of quantum mechanics are just as thrilling as the scientific ones, forcing us to reconsider our notions of causality, determinism, and the nature of reality itself. Particle physics, on the other hand, excites me because it seeks to uncover the most basic building blocks of the universe. By studying the behavior and interactions of subatomic particles, we can gain insight into the origins of matter, the nature of forces, and the evolution of the cosmos. The discovery of the Higgs boson, for example, was a triumphant moment in particle physics, confirming the existence of the mechanism that gives particles their mass and opening up new avenues for exploration. What truly sets quantum mechanics and particle physics apart, in my eyes, is their potential for groundbreaking discoveries and technological advancements. From the development of quantum computers that can solve problems beyond the reach of classical machines to the possibility of harnessing the power of particle accelerators for clean energy and medical applications, these fields hold the key to shaping our future in ways we can hardly imagine. Pursuing higher education in quantum mechanics and particle physics is not just a personal aspiration for me; it is an opportunity to contribute to the collective knowledge of humanity and push the boundaries of what we believe to be possible. I am excited by the prospect of collaborating with brilliant minds from around the world, engaging in cutting-edge research, and being at the forefront of scientific discovery. Moreover, as someone from a third-world country, I am acutely aware of the transformative power of education and scientific advancement. By pursuing a higher education in physics, I hope to not only satisfy my own intellectual curiosity but also inspire and motivate others from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue their dreams and contribute to the global scientific community. I believe that diversity in science is crucial for fostering innovation and ensuring that the benefits of scientific progress are accessible to all.
    Social Anxiety Step Forward Scholarship
    As someone who has struggled with anxiety for much of my life, I can attest to the profound impact it has had on my personal and academic journey. Anxiety has been a constant companion, coloring my experiences and shaping my perspective in ways that have been both challenging and transformative. Growing up, I often found myself grappling with feelings of overwhelming worry and fear, even in situations that others might have considered routine or manageable. The simplest tasks, like raising my hand in class or speaking up in social settings, could feel insurmountable, leaving me paralyzed with self-doubt and apprehension. As a result, I often struggled to assert myself and pursue my goals, feeling held back by the weight of my own anxieties. Over time, however, I began to realize that my anxiety was not a weakness or a flaw, but rather a part of who I am. With the help of supportive friends, family, and mental health professionals, I started to develop coping strategies and tools to manage my anxiety, rather than letting it control me. I learned to challenge my negative self-talk, practice mindfulness and self-care, and embrace my own unique strengths and qualities. As I began to gain a greater sense of self-awareness and resilience, I also started to see my anxiety in a new light. While it could still be difficult and overwhelming at times, I recognized that it had also given me a unique perspective and set of skills. My experiences with anxiety had taught me empathy, compassion, and the importance of perseverance in the face of challenges. They had also fueled my curiosity and driven me to seek out knowledge and understanding, both about myself and the world around me. It is this passion for learning and growth that has led me to pursue a college degree. For me, education is not just about acquiring knowledge or credentials, but about expanding my horizons and pushing myself to new heights. I see college as an opportunity to explore my interests, develop my skills, and connect with a diverse community of learners and thinkers. Moreover, as someone who has struggled with anxiety, I know firsthand the transformative power of education. Through my studies, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the psychological and social factors that shape mental health, as well as the strategies and interventions that can help individuals and communities thrive. I am particularly interested in exploring the intersections of mental health, social justice, and public policy, and how we can work towards a more equitable and compassionate society. Ultimately, my goal is to use my education to make a positive difference in the world, both through my personal growth and through my contributions to my field and community. I believe that by pursuing a college degree, I can develop the knowledge, skills, and networks needed to effect meaningful change and support others who may be struggling with similar challenges. Of course, I know that the road ahead will not be easy, and that my anxiety may continue to present obstacles and difficulties along the way. However, I am committed to facing these challenges head-on, armed with the resilience, self-awareness, and support that I have cultivated over the years. I am grateful for the opportunities that a college education will provide, and I am excited to see where this journey will take me.
    Reginald Kelley Scholarship
    As a mechanical and aerospace engineering student, my passion for the field stems from a deep-rooted fascination with the way things work and a desire to make a tangible difference in the world. From a young age, I was captivated by the complexity and beauty of machines, from the intricate gears of a watch to the powerful engines of an aircraft. As I grew older, I began to understand the immense potential of engineering to shape our world and improve people's lives, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this transformative field. What truly drives my passion for mechanical and aerospace engineering is the opportunity to work at the forefront of technological innovation. Every day, engineers are pushing the boundaries of what is possible, developing new materials, designing more efficient systems, and creating solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing society. I am excited by the prospect of contributing to this ongoing process of discovery and innovation, and I believe that my skills, knowledge, and creativity can make a real impact in the field. In particular, I am drawn to the field of material science, which holds immense promise for revolutionizing industries ranging from aerospace to healthcare. Through my studies and research, I hope to develop new materials with unprecedented properties, such as increased strength, durability, and adaptability. I am particularly interested in exploring the potential of smart materials and nanomaterials, which have the ability to respond to external stimuli and can be tailored for specific applications. By advancing our understanding of these cutting-edge materials, I believe that we can unlock new possibilities for innovation and progress. Beyond my technical expertise, I am committed to using my career to make a positive difference in the world. As an engineer, I have the unique opportunity to apply my skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems and improve people's lives. Whether it's developing sustainable energy solutions, creating more efficient transportation systems, or designing medical devices that can save lives, I believe that engineering has the power to create a better future for all. In my career, I plan to focus on projects that have a direct impact on society and the environment. For example, I am passionate about developing renewable energy technologies that can help mitigate the effects of climate change and provide access to clean, affordable energy for communities around the world. I also hope to work on projects that improve accessibility and mobility for people with disabilities, using advanced materials and design techniques to create assistive devices that enhance quality of life. In conclusion, my passion for mechanical and aerospace engineering is fueled by a deep fascination with the power of technology to shape our world and a commitment to using my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact. Through my studies and eventual career, I hope to contribute to the development of innovative materials, technologies, and solutions that can address some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. With hard work, determination, and a steadfast dedication to ethical and socially responsible innovation, I believe that I can help build a brighter future for all.
    Bright Lights Scholarship
    As a mechanical and aerospace engineering student, my ultimate goal is to make a significant impact in the field of material science through research and development. With a passion for innovation and a desire to push the boundaries of what is possible, I am determined to contribute to the advancement of technology and improve the lives of people around the world. This scholarship would be a crucial step in helping me achieve my dreams and unlock my full potential as a future leader in the field. My fascination with material science began during my high school years, when I first learned about the incredible properties of advanced materials like graphene and shape memory alloys. I was captivated by the idea that these materials could revolutionize industries ranging from aerospace to medicine, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this exciting field. As I delved deeper into my studies, I realized that mechanical and aerospace engineering would provide me with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to pursue my passion for material science at the highest level. In the short term, my plans involve excelling in my undergraduate coursework and gaining hands-on experience through internships and research opportunities. I am eager to work alongside experienced professionals and learn from their expertise, while also contributing my own ideas and insights. I believe that this scholarship would open up new doors for me, allowing me to focus fully on my studies and take advantage of every opportunity to grow and develop as an engineer. Looking further ahead, my ultimate goal is to pursue a graduate degree in material science and eventually lead my own research team. I am particularly interested in exploring the potential of smart materials and nanomaterials, which have the potential to transform fields like aerospace, robotics, and renewable energy. I envision myself working at the forefront of these exciting developments, collaborating with experts from around the world to develop new materials and technologies that can solve some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. Beyond my technical skills and knowledge, I believe that my passion for innovation and my commitment to making a positive impact set me apart as a future leader in the field. I am not content with simply accepting the status quo; instead, I am driven to constantly push the boundaries and explore new possibilities. I believe that this scholarship would provide me with the resources and support necessary to pursue my dreams with confidence and determination. Moreover, I am committed to using my skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world. I believe that material science has the potential to address some of the most urgent challenges facing society, from developing sustainable energy solutions to creating new medical technologies that can improve patient outcomes. As a future leader in the field, I am determined to use my expertise to make a positive impact and leave a lasting legacy. In conclusion, my plans for the future are ambitious but achievable, thanks in large part to the opportunities that this scholarship would provide. With a passion for material science and a commitment to making a difference, I am poised to become a leader in the field and contribute to the advancement of technology for years to come. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply for this scholarship, and I am confident that with hard work, dedication, and the support of this award, I can achieve my dreams and make a lasting impact on the world.
    Eco-Warrior Scholarship
    In my daily life, I make a conscious effort to live sustainably and reduce my carbon footprint. I believe that every individual has a responsibility to minimize their impact on the environment and contribute to a greener future for generations to come. Through a series of intentional choices, I strive to embody the principles of sustainability and inspire others to do the same. One of the key ways I live sustainably is by reducing my energy consumption. I make it a point to turn off lights and electronics when they're not in use, and I opt for energy-efficient appliances whenever possible. I also keep my thermostat at a moderate temperature, avoiding excessive heating or cooling, which not only saves energy but also reduces my utility bills. By being mindful of my energy usage, I'm able to significantly decrease my carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable world. Another important aspect of my sustainable lifestyle is my commitment to reducing waste. I always carry a reusable water bottle and grocery bags with me, eliminating the need for single-use plastics. When shopping, I opt for products with minimal packaging and choose items that are recyclable or biodegradable. I also make a point to properly recycle and compost my waste, ensuring that as little as possible ends up in landfills. By adopting these simple practices, I'm able to drastically reduce my environmental impact and contribute to a cleaner, greener planet. Transportation is another area where I make intentional choices to live sustainably. Whenever possible, I choose to walk, bike, or take public transportation instead of driving my car. Not only does this reduce my carbon emissions, but it also allows me to engage with my community and get some exercise in the process. When I do need to drive, I make sure to plan my trips efficiently, combining errands to minimize my time on the road. I also keep my car well-maintained and practice eco-friendly driving habits, such as avoiding sudden accelerations and braking, to maximize my fuel efficiency. In addition to these daily practices, I also strive to make sustainable choices in my diet. I try to eat locally sourced, organic produce whenever possible, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation and supporting local farmers. I also make a point to reduce my meat consumption, opting for plant-based meals several times a week. Animal agriculture is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and by reducing my meat intake, I'm able to minimize my impact on the environment while also improving my own health. I believe that it's crucial for everyone to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint, no matter how small. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our planet, and the choices we make today will have a profound impact on the world we leave for future generations. By living sustainably, we can mitigate the effects of climate change, preserve our natural resources, and create a healthier, more resilient world for all. In conclusion, I make intentional choices every day to live sustainably and reduce my carbon footprint. From reducing my energy consumption to minimizing waste, from choosing sustainable transportation to eating a more plant-based diet, I strive to embody the principles of sustainability in all aspects of my life. I believe that it's essential for everyone to take steps to reduce their environmental impact, no matter how small. By working together and making sustainable choices, we can create a brighter, greener future for ourselves and for generations to come.
    Bookshelf to Big Screen Scholarship
    The "Hunger Games" series, written by Suzanne Collins, is a compelling example of how a book-to-film adaptation can bridge the gap between reading and viewing experiences. As a devoted fan of the books, I found that the films brought the dystopian world of Panem to life in a way that both complemented and enhanced my reading experience. When I first read the "Hunger Games" books, I was captivated by the vivid descriptions of the characters, the oppressive society they lived in, and the brutal reality of the Games themselves. The books allowed me to immerse myself in Katniss Everdeen's world, experiencing her struggles, triumphs, and emotional journey through her eyes. When the films were released, I was initially apprehensive about how they would translate the complex themes and intense action of the books to the big screen. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how faithfully the films adhered to the source material, while also adding their own visual flair and depth to the story. The casting of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was a revelation, as she perfectly embodied the strength, vulnerability, and fierce determination of the character I had come to love in the books. The supporting cast, including Woody Harrelson as Haymitch and Elizabeth Banks as Effie, brought their own unique interpretations to their roles, adding new layers to the characters I thought I knew so well. Seeing the dystopian world of Panem brought to life on screen was a surreal experience. The films' stunning visuals, from the opulence of the Capitol to the stark brutality of the arena, added a new dimension to the story that I had previously only imagined. The films also did an excellent job of capturing the heart-pounding action of the Games, immersing viewers in the life-or-death struggles of the tributes. For me, the "Hunger Games" films didn't just complement my reading experience; they enhanced it. Seeing the characters and events I had imagined brought to life on screen gave me a new appreciation for the depth and complexity of the story. The films also allowed me to share my love of the series with friends and family who may not have read the books, creating a shared experience that brought us closer together. At the same time, the films inspired me to revisit the books, armed with new insights and perspectives gained from seeing the story in a different medium. Reading the books after watching the films was like rediscovering an old friend, noticing new details and appreciating the story in a fresh way. In conclusion, the "Hunger Games" book-to-film adaptations hold a special place in my heart for the way they bridged the gap between my reading and viewing experiences. The films brought the world and characters I loved to life in a way that was both faithful to the source material and visually stunning. They allowed me to share my passion for the series with others, while also deepening my own appreciation for the story. For me, the "Hunger Games" films are a testament to the power of adaptation to enhance and enrich our engagement with the stories we love.
    Fall Favs: A Starbucks Stan Scholarship
    As the leaves transform into a vibrant palette of gold, orange, and crimson, and the air becomes crisp with the promise of change, I find myself drawn to a particular fall-inspired drink from Starbucks that has become a beloved character in my autumnal narrative. While many flock to the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte, my heart belongs to the understated sophistication of the Maple Pecan Latte. I first encountered this unassuming beverage during a particularly challenging fall season, when I was navigating the stresses of work and personal life. Seeking solace in the familiar comfort of my local Starbucks, I decided to venture beyond my usual order and try something new. The barista recommended the Maple Pecan Latte, and from the moment the warm, fragrant elixir passed my lips, I knew I had discovered something special. The Maple Pecan Latte is a masterful composition of flavors, each element working in harmony to create a truly unforgettable experience. The rich, robust espresso serves as the foundation, providing a bold and energizing base that awakens the senses. The steamed milk, smooth and creamy, softens the edges of the coffee, creating a mellow and inviting backdrop for the star ingredients to shine. The real maple syrup, with its deep, caramelized sweetness, mingles with the buttery, toasted notes of the pecan, resulting in a flavor profile that is both indulgent and refined. But the Maple Pecan Latte is more than just a delicious beverage; it has become a symbol of the season, a faithful companion that accompanies me on my autumnal adventures. As an avid nature enthusiast, I make it a point to explore the great outdoors during this time of year, marveling at the breathtaking transformations that occur as summer gives way to fall. Whether I'm embarking on a scenic hike through the mountains or simply taking a leisurely stroll through the park, a Maple Pecan Latte is always by my side, its warmth and comfort a perfect complement to the crisp, invigorating air. This drink has also become a catalyst for connection and sharing, bringing people together in the spirit of the season. I have introduced friends and family to the Maple Pecan Latte, watching with delight as they discover the magic of this hidden gem. It has become a tradition to gather around the fireplace, hands wrapped around steaming mugs of this beloved beverage, sharing stories, laughter, and the simple joys of each other's company. In these moments, the Maple Pecan Latte becomes more than just a drink; it becomes a symbol of the bonds we share and the memories we create together. For me, the Maple Pecan Latte embodies the essence of fall – a time of transformation, reflection, and gratitude. It represents the beauty of embracing change, of seeking out new experiences and savoring the simple pleasures that make life so rich and rewarding. As I sip this delightful beverage, I am reminded to slow down, to be present in the moment, and to appreciate the abundance of blessings that surround me. In the grand tapestry of my life, the Maple Pecan Latte has become a cherished thread, weaving its way through my autumnal experiences and memories. It is a reminder that even in the midst of life's challenges and uncertainties, there is always something to be grateful for, always a reason to pause and savor the beauty of the world around us. So here's to the Maple Pecan Latte, my faithful fall companion, and to the many adventures and moments of joy it has brought into my life.
    Learner Math Lover Scholarship
    I love math because it provides a powerful lens through which we can understand the world, particularly through the study of physics. Mathematics is the language of the universe, allowing us to describe and predict the behavior of physical systems with incredible precision and elegance. One of the most remarkable aspects of math is its ability to reveal the underlying patterns and structures that govern the natural world. From the motion of planets and stars to the behavior of subatomic particles, mathematical equations and models allow us to make sense of the complex phenomena that surround us. The laws of physics, expressed through mathematical formulas, provide a framework for understanding everything from the tiniest atoms to the vast expanse of the cosmos. Moreover, math allows us to push the boundaries of what is possible, enabling us to explore new frontiers in science and technology. The mathematical tools and techniques developed by physicists and engineers have led to groundbreaking discoveries and innovations, from the development of quantum mechanics to the creation of advanced technologies like lasers and semiconductors. But beyond its practical applications, math is also a source of deep intellectual and aesthetic pleasure. There is a profound beauty in the elegance and simplicity of mathematical proofs, and a sense of awe in the way that abstract mathematical concepts can so perfectly describe the physical world. The study of math and physics allows us to glimpse the fundamental truths that underlie reality, and to marvel at the ingenuity and creativity of the human mind in uncovering these truths. In short, my love for math stems from its power to illuminate the mysteries of the universe, to provide a common language for understanding the world, and to inspire us to push the boundaries of what is possible. Through the study of physics and the application of mathematical principles, we can gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the world around us.
    Elijah's Helping Hand Scholarship Award
    As someone who has struggled with ADHD, I can attest to the profound impact that mental health issues can have on one's life. Growing up, I always felt different from my peers, but I couldn't quite put my finger on why. I had trouble focusing in school, often found myself daydreaming or fidgeting, and struggled to complete tasks that seemed easy for others. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with ADHD as a teenager that I began to understand the root of my challenges. Living with ADHD has been a constant battle. The symptoms can be overwhelming at times, making it difficult to concentrate, organize my thoughts, and manage my time effectively. I often find myself starting projects with great enthusiasm, only to lose interest or become distracted halfway through. This has led to feelings of frustration, self-doubt, and a sense of constantly underachieving, despite my best efforts. The impact of ADHD extends beyond just academic or professional settings. It has affected my personal relationships and social interactions as well. I sometimes struggle to follow conversations, remember important details, or stay engaged in social situations. This can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and a sense of isolation, as I feel like I'm not fully present or connected with those around me. Moreover, the constant stress and anxiety that come with trying to manage ADHD symptoms can take a toll on one's mental and emotional well-being. I have experienced periods of depression and low self-esteem, feeling like I'm not good enough or that I'm constantly falling short of expectations. The frustration of wanting to do better but feeling like my brain is working against me can be exhausting and demoralizing. However, through my journey with ADHD, I have also learned the importance of self-awareness, acceptance, and seeking support. I have worked with therapists and coaches to develop coping strategies and techniques to manage my symptoms. This has involved learning to break tasks into smaller, manageable steps, using visual aids and reminders to stay organized, and practicing mindfulness and self-care to reduce stress and anxiety. I have also learned to embrace my unique strengths and perspectives that come with having a neurodiverse brain. While ADHD can present challenges, it has also given me a creative, out-of-the-box thinking style, an ability to hyperfocus on topics that interest me, and a sense of resilience and adaptability that comes from navigating life with a mental health condition. Moreover, I have found solace and support in connecting with others who share similar experiences. Joining ADHD support groups and communities has helped me to feel less alone and to learn from the strategies and insights of others who understand the challenges I face. In conclusion, living with ADHD has been a rollercoaster journey, filled with both struggles and triumphs. While the impact of mental health issues can be significant and far-reaching, it is important to remember that they do not define us. With self-awareness, support, and a commitment to personal growth, it is possible to navigate the challenges and embrace the unique strengths that come with having a neurodiverse mind. By sharing our stories and advocating for greater understanding and acceptance of mental health conditions, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and supportive society for all.
    Novitas Diverse Voices Scholarship
    The power of diverse voices in public relations has the potential to profoundly impact the shaping of public narratives. In today's increasingly diverse and interconnected world, it is more important than ever for the field of public relations to embrace and amplify a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. By doing so, public relations professionals can contribute to the creation of more inclusive, nuanced, and representative narratives that accurately reflect the complexities of our society. One of the primary ways in which diverse voices can shape public narratives is by challenging dominant assumptions and stereotypes. When public relations campaigns are created and executed by a homogeneous group of individuals, there is a risk that certain perspectives and experiences will be overlooked or misrepresented. This can lead to the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and the marginalization of certain communities. By including diverse voices in the planning and implementation of public relations strategies, organizations can ensure that their messaging is more inclusive, respectful, and reflective of the diverse audiences they seek to reach. Moreover, diverse voices in public relations can help to broaden the range of stories and perspectives that are shared with the public. When individuals from different backgrounds and experiences are given a platform to share their unique insights and narratives, it can lead to a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of complex issues. This is particularly important when it comes to addressing social and political challenges, as diverse voices can provide valuable context and shed light on the lived experiences of marginalized communities. Diverse voices in public relations can also play a crucial role in building trust and credibility with diverse audiences. When individuals see themselves and their experiences reflected in an organization's messaging and communications, they are more likely to feel valued, understood, and connected to that organization. This can lead to increased engagement, loyalty, and support from diverse communities, which can ultimately strengthen an organization's reputation and bottom line. Furthermore, the inclusion of diverse voices in public relations can help to foster a more equitable and just society. By amplifying the voices and experiences of marginalized communities, public relations professionals can contribute to the dismantling of systemic barriers and the promotion of social justice. This can involve using public relations platforms to raise awareness about issues of inequality, discrimination, and oppression, as well as advocating for policies and practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. However, it is important to note that the inclusion of diverse voices in public relations must be authentic and meaningful. It is not enough to simply have a diverse team or to use diverse imagery in campaigns. Public relations professionals must actively work to create a culture of inclusivity, where diverse perspectives are valued, respected, and integrated into all aspects of their work. This requires ongoing education, self-reflection, and a commitment to continuous improvement. In conclusion, the power of diverse voices in public relations cannot be overstated. By embracing and amplifying a wide range of perspectives and experiences, public relations professionals can contribute to the creation of more inclusive, nuanced, and representative public narratives. This can lead to increased trust, credibility, and engagement with diverse audiences, as well as the promotion of social justice and equity. As the field of public relations continues to evolve, it is essential that diversity, equity, and inclusion remain at the forefront of the industry's priorities and practices.
    “The Office” Obsessed! Fan Scholarship
    As an undergraduate student, the character I resonate most with from "The Office" is Jim Halpert. Being a young adult navigating the early stages of my career, I find Jim's journey relatable and inspiring. He starts as a salesman at Dunder Mifflin, a job he finds unfulfilling and often frustrating due to the eccentric personalities of his coworkers and the monotony of office life. Despite this, Jim maintains a positive attitude, using his wit and charm to make the best of his situation. What I admire most about Jim is his ability to balance his professional responsibilities with his personal aspirations. He pursues his interests in sports marketing and entrepreneurship while still being a dedicated employee. This reminds me of the importance of finding a career path that aligns with my passions and values, even if it means starting in an entry-level position and working my way up. Moreover, Jim's relationship with Pam showcases the challenges and rewards of navigating romance in the workplace. As an undergraduate student, I'm starting to understand the complexities of professional relationships and the importance of maintaining boundaries while still being open to meaningful connections with colleagues. "The Office" has significantly shaped my sense of humor and perspective on workplace dynamics. The show's ability to find comedy in the mundane aspects of office life has taught me to approach challenges with a lighthearted and optimistic outlook. It has also made me more aware of the importance of effective communication, leadership, and conflict resolution in the workplace. The show's diverse cast of characters has exposed me to different personality types and management styles, preparing me for the various individuals I may encounter in my future career. From Michael Scott's misguided but well-intentioned leadership to Dwight Schrute's overzealous adherence to rules, "The Office" has provided valuable lessons on how to navigate complex workplace relationships and find common ground with coworkers. Furthermore, the show's portrayal of corporate culture and the absurdities of bureaucracy has given me a more critical and humorous lens through which to view the professional world. It has encouraged me to question the status quo and find ways to innovate and improve upon established systems and practices. As I prepare to enter the workforce, "The Office" has been a source of both entertainment and education. It has taught me the importance of finding joy and purpose in my work, building meaningful relationships with colleagues, and approaching challenges with a positive and adaptable mindset. I hope to carry these lessons with me as I embark on my own professional journey, striving to create a fulfilling and impactful career path.
    Veerappan Memorial Scholarship
    Raised by a single mother in the Dominican Republic, my financial situation has had a significant impact on my educational journey. Growing up in a low-income household meant that resources were often scarce, and the cost of education was a constant concern. Despite my mother's tireless efforts to provide for our family, there were times when we struggled to make ends meet, and the idea of pursuing higher education seemed like a distant dream. However, my passion for STEM and my determination to succeed have driven me to seek out every opportunity to further my education. I have worked hard to excel in my studies, often going above and beyond what was required, knowing that education was the key to unlocking a better future for myself and my family. Receiving a scholarship would be a life-changing opportunity for me. It would provide the financial support I need to pursue my dreams without the burden of overwhelming debt. A scholarship would allow me to focus on my studies, access the resources and equipment necessary for cutting-edge research, and connect with a network of like-minded individuals who share my passion for STEM. Moreover, a scholarship would not only benefit me personally but would also have a ripple effect on my community and society as a whole. By obtaining a quality education in STEM, I would gain the knowledge and skills needed to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our world today, from climate change to healthcare to technological advancements. As someone who has experienced firsthand the challenges of growing up in an underserved community, I am deeply committed to using my education and future career in STEM to give back and make a positive impact. I aspire to be a role model for young people from backgrounds like mine, showing them that with hard work, determination, and the right opportunities, they too can achieve their dreams and make a difference in the world. Furthermore, I believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for driving innovation and progress in STEM. By bringing my unique perspective and background to the table, I can contribute to the development of more equitable and inclusive solutions that benefit all members of society, not just a privileged few. In the long run, my dream of being at the forefront of research and innovation in STEM has the potential to create positive change on a global scale. Whether it's developing new technologies to combat climate change, finding cures for diseases, or creating more efficient and sustainable ways of living, the possibilities are endless. By pursuing my passion and using my skills to make a difference, I hope to leave a lasting impact on the world and inspire others to do the same. A scholarship would be the catalyst that allows me to turn my dreams into reality. It would provide the financial support and opportunities I need to succeed in my educational journey and ultimately make a meaningful contribution to society. With the right resources and support, I am confident that I can overcome any obstacle and achieve my full potential, not just for myself, but for the betterment of the world around me.
    In Memory of Liv Scholarship
    Growing up in the Dominican Republic with a single mother has shaped me in countless ways. My mother's strength, resilience, and unwavering dedication to our family have been a constant source of inspiration for me. Despite the challenges we faced, she always prioritized my education and encouraged me to pursue my dreams, no matter how ambitious they seemed. From a young age, I found myself drawn to the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). I was fascinated by the way these fields could unlock the mysteries of the universe, solve complex problems, and drive innovation that could improve people's lives. Every new discovery I learned about ignited a spark within me, fueling my desire to be a part of this exciting world. Growing up in a developing country like the Dominican Republic, I was acutely aware of the limitations and obstacles that many people faced in accessing quality education and opportunities in STEM. However, rather than letting this discourage me, it only strengthened my resolve to pursue my passion and make a difference. I immersed myself in my studies, pouring over textbooks and seeking out every opportunity to learn more about STEM subjects. I participated in science fairs, joined math clubs, and sought out mentors who could guide me on my journey. I knew that the path to success in STEM would not be easy, especially given my background and the limited resources available to me, but I was determined to overcome any obstacle that came my way. As I progressed through my education, my love for STEM only grew stronger. I began to envision a future where I could be at the forefront of research and innovation, contributing to groundbreaking discoveries and technological advancements that could transform lives. I dreamed of working in cutting-edge laboratories, collaborating with brilliant minds from around the world, and being a part of something bigger than myself. I also realized that my pursuit of a career in STEM was not just about personal fulfillment; it was about making a difference in the world and giving back to my community. I wanted to be a role model for other young people from backgrounds like mine, showing them that with hard work, determination, and a passion for learning, anything is possible. As I stand on the cusp of adulthood, I am more committed than ever to making my dream a reality. I know that the road ahead will be challenging, but I am ready to face whatever comes my way. I am grateful for the sacrifices my mother has made to support me and for the opportunities that have been given to me, and I am determined to make the most of them. Looking to the future, I am filled with excitement and hope. I know that a career in STEM will not only allow me to pursue my passions but also to make a meaningful impact on the world. I am ready to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, armed with the knowledge, skills, and determination that I have cultivated throughout my life. As I embark on this journey, I carry with me the lessons and values instilled in me by my mother and the experiences that have shaped me. I am proud of my roots and the obstacles I have overcome, and I am ready to use my unique perspective and background to drive innovation and positive change in the world of STEM.
    Disney Channel Rewind Scholarship
    In an epic crossover episode titled "Wizards on Deck," the beloved characters from "Wizards of Waverly Place" find themselves aboard the S.S. Tipton from "The Suite Life on Deck." The adventure begins when Alex Russo, frustrated with her family's magical restrictions, casts a spell that accidentally teleports her, Justin, and Max onto the cruise ship. Chaos ensues as the Russo siblings try to navigate the unfamiliar surroundings while keeping their magical abilities hidden from the ship's passengers and crew. Justin, being the responsible one, attempts to find a way back home, while Max gets distracted by the endless buffet and entertainment options on the ship. Meanwhile, Alex bumps into Zack and Cody Martin, who are immediately suspicious of the newcomers. Zack, with his mischievous nature, is drawn to Alex's rebellious attitude, and the two quickly form an unlikely friendship. Together, they embark on a series of misadventures, causing mayhem throughout the ship. As the episode progresses, a mysterious magical artifact is discovered on board, leading both the Russo siblings and the Martin twins on a quest to uncover its secrets. Bailey, with her intelligence and resourcefulness, joins forces with Justin to research the artifact's origins, while London Tipton, oblivious to the magical happenings, is more concerned with her latest fashion dilemma. The situation takes a turn when a rival wizard, seeking the artifact's power, infiltrates the ship. The Russo siblings and the Martin twins must work together, combining their unique skills and magical abilities, to thwart the villain's plans and protect the passengers. In a thrilling climax, Alex and Zack use their street smarts and quick thinking to outsmart the rival wizard, while Justin and Bailey utilize their knowledge to unlock the artifact's true potential. Max and Cody provide crucial support, each using their own quirky talents to contribute to the mission. As the dust settles and the artifact is secured, the Russo siblings prepare to return home. Goodbyes are exchanged, and the characters reflect on the unexpected friendships formed and the lessons learned. Alex and Zack, in particular, share a heartfelt moment, acknowledging the impact they had on each other's lives. With a final spell and a burst of magical energy, the Russo siblings disappear, leaving the S.S. Tipton crew with memories of an unforgettable adventure. The episode ends with Zack and Cody wondering if their paths will ever cross again, hinting at the possibility of future crossovers. "Wizards on Deck" combines the magical elements of "Wizards of Waverly Place" with the comedic antics and heartwarming friendships of "The Suite Life on Deck," creating a memorable and exciting crossover episode that fans of both shows would cherish.
    Nintendo Super Fan Scholarship
    Nintendo has been a staple in the gaming industry for decades, providing countless hours of entertainment and fostering cherished memories for players around the world. Among the vast array of Nintendo games, one title stands out as my favorite to play in co-op mode: Mario Kart. This classic racing game has not only brought joy to countless players but has also created unforgettable moments of camaraderie, competition, and pure fun. Mario Kart's appeal lies in its ability to bring people together, regardless of their gaming skills or experience. The game's intuitive controls and colorful, vibrant tracks make it accessible to players of all ages, allowing friends and family members to join in on the excitement. The thrill of racing alongside or against loved ones, navigating through whimsical courses filled with obstacles and power-ups, creates an atmosphere of friendly rivalry and shared enjoyment. One particularly memorable moment that solidified Mario Kart as my top choice for co-op play occurred during a family gathering a few years ago. My cousins and I huddled around the television, each grasping a controller, ready to embark on a virtual racing adventure. As we selected our characters and customized our karts, the anticipation and excitement filled the room. The race began, and chaos ensued as we sped through the tracks, hurling shells at each other and strategically using power-ups to gain an advantage. Laughter and shouts of joy echoed through the house as we navigated the twists and turns of Rainbow Road, a notoriously challenging track that tested our skills and determination. The competition was fierce, with each of us vying for the top spot, but the true essence of the game shone through in the moments of camaraderie. When someone fell off the track or was hit by a well-timed shell, we couldn't help but chuckle and offer words of encouragement, knowing that the tables could turn at any moment. As the final lap approached, the intensity reached its peak. My cousin and I found ourselves neck and neck, battling for the lead. With a perfectly timed boost, I managed to cross the finish line mere seconds before her, earning a hard-fought victory. The room erupted in cheers and high-fives, celebrating not only the win but the shared experience we had just enjoyed. That memorable moment encapsulates the magic of playing Mario Kart in co-op mode. It's not just about the thrill of victory or the satisfaction of defeating your opponents; it's about the bonds that are strengthened through shared laughter, friendly banter, and the joy of playing together. Mario Kart has the power to bring people closer, bridging gaps and creating lasting memories that extend beyond the boundaries of the virtual world. In a time when technology can often be isolating, games like Mario Kart remind us of the importance of human connection and the joy that can be found in shared experiences. It is a testament to the enduring appeal of Nintendo games, which have the ability to unite people of all ages and backgrounds through the power of play. As I reflect on that cherished moment and the countless other memories I have made while playing Mario Kart with friends and family, I am grateful for the joy and togetherness it has brought into my life. It is a game that will forever hold a special place in my heart, serving as a reminder of the unbreakable bonds forged through the simple act of playing together.
    Iftikhar Kamil Madni Science and Engineering Memorial Scholarship
    Winner
    As a mechanical engineering student, my passion lies in the field of thermal engineering, where I want to specialize in cryogenic engines. With a strong interest in the use of alternative energy and sustainable technologies, I believe that this field will provide me with opportunities to make significant contributions toward a greener future. Thermal engineering involves designing and developing systems that use heat to perform specific tasks. Cryogenic engines, in particular, are highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and have the potential to revolutionize the aerospace industry. My desire to pursue a career in this field stems from the belief that this technology can be used to reduce the environmental impact of space exploration, as well as other areas such as transportation and energy production. In addition to the benefits that cryogenic engines offer, my interest in research and development further motivates me to pursue a career in this field. By continuously innovating and improving existing technology, I hope to contribute to advancements in the field of thermal engineering. I believe that this requires a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, which I intend to acquire through my education and career. Another aspect that excites me about thermal engineering is the opportunity to work on sustainability-focused projects. As we move towards a more sustainable future, it is essential to develop and implement technologies that are environmentally friendly and socially responsible. I see thermal engineering as a key area for sustainable innovation, and I am excited to contribute to this movement through my work. To pursue my career in thermal engineering, I plan to continue my education by pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. I also intend to seek out opportunities for research and development in the field, working with organizations that share my values and goals. I believe collaboration and networking are essential for success in any field, and I plan to connect with professionals and experts in my field to learn from their experiences and insights. In conclusion, my interest in thermal engineering, specifically in cryogenic engines, is motivated by a passion for sustainability and a desire to contribute to research and development. By pursuing a career in this field, I believe I can positively impact society and the environment while challenging myself professionally. I am excited about the opportunities that this career path offers and am committed to working towards a sustainable future through my work in thermal engineering.
    Our Destiny Our Future Scholarship
    As a mechanical and aerospace engineering major, I have always been fascinated by technology and its ability to change the world for the better. In particular, my interests lie in two fields: cryogenics and sustainability. I believe that these fields have the potential to revolutionize the way we live our lives, and I am excited to be a part of that change. Cryogenics is the study of the behavior of materials at extremely low temperatures. This field has the potential to transform many industries, from healthcare to transportation. For example, in healthcare, cryogenics is used to freeze and store biological samples, such as blood or stem cells. This has the potential to save countless lives by making it easier to transplant organs and tissues. In transportation, cryogenics is used to store and transport liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is a cleaner and more efficient fuel than traditional gasoline or diesel. This can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainability is another field that has captured my interest. As we continue to face the challenges of climate change, it is essential that we find ways to live more sustainably. One way to do this is by developing technologies that can help us reduce our environmental footprint. For example, I am particularly interested in renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. By harnessing the power of the sun and wind, we can generate electricity without producing greenhouse gas emissions. I am also interested in energy storage technologies, such as batteries, which can help us store energy from renewable sources and use it when we need it. As I pursue my degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, I hope to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become a thermal engineer. I believe that this field will allow me to work on projects that are both interesting and important. For example, I would love to work on developing more efficient cryogenic storage systems that can be used in healthcare or transportation. I am also interested in developing new renewable energy technologies that can help us transition to a more sustainable future. Ultimately, my goal is to use my skills and knowledge to help others. Whether it is by developing new medical technologies, designing more efficient transportation systems, or creating renewable energy sources, I hope to make a positive impact on the world. I believe that the data science field will play a crucial role in achieving these goals. By using data analysis and modeling, we can better understand complex systems and develop more effective solutions. I am excited to learn more about this field and to apply its techniques to the problems I care about. In conclusion, I am interested in technology and the data science field because I believe that these fields have the potential to make a positive impact on the world. Specifically, I am passionate about cryogenics and sustainability and hope to use my degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering to work on projects in these fields. Ultimately, I hope to make a difference by helping to develop new technologies that can improve people's lives and make the world a better place.
    Novitas Diverse Voices Scholarship
    In today's fast-paced world, public relations have become an integral part of modern communication strategies. PR professionals work tirelessly to shape public narratives in a way that aligns with their client's goals and objectives. However, the power of diverse voices in public relations can have a significant impact on shaping public narratives in a more authentic, representative, and effective way. Diversity is a critical element of the modern world, and it is important that this is reflected in all aspects of life, including public relations. Diverse voices bring with them unique perspectives, experiences, and insights that are invaluable in shaping public narratives. When PR professionals work with people from diverse backgrounds, they gain a deeper understanding of the audience they are trying to reach. This can help them create more engaging and effective messaging that resonates with a broader range of people. One of the most significant impacts of diverse voices in public relations is that it can help break down stereotypes and misconceptions. By including diverse perspectives, PR professionals can provide a more accurate and nuanced portrayal of different cultures, communities, and experiences. This can help counteract negative stereotypes and prejudices, and create a more inclusive and tolerant society. Another important impact of diverse voices in public relations is that it can help build trust and credibility. When people see themselves and their experiences represented in the media and other public forums, they are more likely to feel heard, understood, and valued. This can help build trust between organizations and the public, which is essential for maintaining a positive reputation and achieving long-term success. Furthermore, the power of diverse voices in public relations can have a significant impact on social justice issues. By amplifying the voices of marginalized communities, PR professionals can raise awareness about important social justice issues and help drive positive change. For example, campaigns that highlight the experiences of people from different racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds can help create a more equitable society by addressing systemic inequalities and biases. However, achieving diversity in public relations is not always easy. Many organizations struggle with creating inclusive workplaces and fostering diverse teams. It is important that PR professionals actively seek out and include diverse voices in their work, and work to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all. In conclusion, the power of diverse voices in public relations is undeniable. By including diverse perspectives, PR professionals can create more authentic, representative, and effective messaging that resonates with a broader range of people. This can help break down stereotypes and misconceptions, build trust and credibility, and drive positive change on important social justice issues. It is crucial that PR professionals make a conscious effort to include diverse voices in their work, and create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Only then can we truly harness the power of diversity to shape public narratives in a more meaningful and impactful way.
    Adam Montes Pride Scholarship
    I am a person who has always been drawn to science and engineering. From an early age, I was fascinated by the way things work and spent countless hours tinkering with various gadgets and machines. However, what truly sets me apart from my peers is my interest in cryogenics and its potential for sustainability. Cryogenics is the study of the behavior of materials at extremely low temperatures, typically below -150°C. From the moment I first learned about cryogenics, I was captivated by its ability to preserve biological materials at such low temperatures. As I delved deeper into the field, I realized that it also had the potential to revolutionize the way we think about energy consumption and the environment. By harnessing the power of cryogenics, we could create sustainable solutions for a variety of problems, from energy storage to transportation. This passion led me to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on thermal systems. Throughout my academic career, I have worked tirelessly to gain a comprehensive understanding of the field and to develop the skills necessary to excel as a thermal engineer. My goal is not just to obtain a degree, but to use my knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on the world. One of my proudest accomplishments was my work on a research project focused on using cryogenics to reduce the energy consumption of data centers. Data centers are facilities that house computer systems and other related components. They consume a large amount of energy, which can be attributed to the need for cooling systems to keep the servers at an optimal temperature. By developing a novel cooling system that utilized liquid nitrogen, we were able to significantly reduce the amount of energy required to keep the servers cool. This not only has the potential to save companies a significant amount of money but could also help to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the technology industry. Beyond my academic and professional pursuits, I am deeply committed to my community. I have volunteered with several organizations focused on sustainability and environmentalism and have worked to raise awareness about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint. I believe that my unique combination of passion, expertise, and commitment set me apart from other applicants for this scholarship. I am not simply seeking higher education for the sake of obtaining a degree; I am driven by a desire to make a difference in the world and to use my knowledge and skills to create a more sustainable future. If given the opportunity, I am confident that I could use the funds from this scholarship to further my education and continue pursuing my goals. I am grateful for your consideration and hope that you will see the potential in my vision for a more sustainable world.
    Doña Lupita Immigrant Scholarship
    Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a mother who always put her children's needs before her own. My mother has been a constant source of inspiration, support, and guidance throughout my life. Her unwavering love and dedication have helped me become the person I am today. One of the most significant ways my mother has impacted my life is through her constant encouragement. She always instilled in me a sense of confidence and self-belief. Growing up, she encouraged me to pursue my passions, no matter how unconventional they were. Whether it was writing, music, or art, my mother always believed in me and encouraged me to chase my dreams. This encouragement gave me the confidence to pursue my passions and take risks. I never doubted myself, thanks to my mother's unwavering support. Even when things didn't go as planned, my mother was always there to pick me up and remind me that failure is just a stepping stone to success. My mother also taught me the value of hard work and dedication. As a single mother, she worked tirelessly to provide for her family. Despite the challenges she faced, she never gave up and always pushed forward. This work ethic rubbed off on me, and I learned the value of persistence and dedication from her. Whenever I faced a difficult challenge, my mother was always there to offer words of wisdom and support. She told me stories of her struggles and how she overcame them. This helped me see that anything is possible with hard work and determination. In addition to her unwavering support and encouragement, my mother also taught me the importance of kindness and compassion. She always put others before herself and taught me to do the same. Whenever we had guests over, my mother would go out of her way to make them feel welcome and comfortable. This kindness and compassion extended beyond our home. My mother was actively involved in community service, and she instilled in me the importance of giving back. She would take me to volunteer at local charities and shelters, which taught me the value of helping those in need. As I grew older, my mother's impact on my life became more apparent. She helped shape me into a confident, compassionate, and hardworking person. I was able to pursue my dreams, take risks, and achieve success thanks to her unwavering support. In conclusion, my mother has had a profound and positive impact on my life. Her constant encouragement, work ethic, and compassion have helped shape me into the person I am today. I am grateful for all that she has done for me, and I hope to one day repay her kindness and dedication by being the best version of myself.
    Andrew Perez Mental Illness/Suicidal Awareness Education Scholarship
    As someone who struggles with anxiety and ADHD, finding passions that provide me with a sense of calm and focus has been essential to my mental health journey. One of my biggest passions is writing. Whether it's in a journal or crafting a story, writing allows me to express myself and process my emotions in a constructive way. I often find myself losing track of time when I'm writing, which is a welcome reprieve from the racing thoughts and distractions that often plague me. Another passion of mine is music. I love listening to and playing music, whether it's on the guitar or piano. Music has a way of transporting me to a different world, allowing me to forget about my worries and be present at the moment. Playing an instrument can be particularly therapeutic for me, as it requires a level of concentration that helps to quiet my mind. Of course, coping with mental illness is not always easy, and there are times when my passions alone are not enough to alleviate my symptoms. When that happens, I have a few coping strategies that I rely on. One of the most effective is exercise. Whether it's going for a run or doing some yoga, exercise helps me to release tension and calm my mind. I also try to practice mindfulness regularly, whether through meditation or simply taking a few moments to focus on my breath. This helps me to stay grounded and present, rather than getting lost in anxious thoughts or distractions. As for my goals and aspirations for the future, one of my biggest dreams is to become a published author. Writing has been such an important outlet for me, and I would love to be able to share my stories with others. I also hope to continue to pursue music, both as a listener and a player. Beyond that, I simply want to live a fulfilling life, surrounded by people I love and doing work that brings me joy and meaning. Of course, living with anxiety and ADHD can make achieving these goals challenging at times. There are days when I feel overwhelmed or distracted, and it can be hard to stay motivated. When that happens, I try to remind myself that progress is not always linear and that setbacks are a natural part of the process. I also try to be kind to myself, recognizing that mental illness is not a personal failing, but a medical condition that requires ongoing care and management. In conclusion, living with anxiety and ADHD has its challenges, but I have found that pursuing passions and developing coping strategies can make a huge difference in managing my symptoms. Writing and music are two of my biggest passions, and I hope to continue to explore and develop these interests in the years to come. Ultimately, my goal is to lead a fulfilling life, and I believe that with the right support and tools, I can achieve that despite my mental health struggles.
    I Can and I Will Scholarship
    As someone who has struggled with mental health issues, my experiences have had a profound impact on my beliefs, relationships, and career aspirations. Living with anxiety and ADHD has not been easy, but it has helped me to develop a greater understanding and empathy for others who may be going through similar struggles. One of the main ways that my mental health experiences have influenced my beliefs is by helping me to recognize the importance of self-care. When I am feeling overwhelmed or anxious, I have learned to take a step back and prioritize my mental health. This means engaging in activities that help me to relax and reduce stress, such as meditation or exercise. It also means recognizing when I need professional help and seeking out therapy or medication when necessary. Through my own experiences, I have come to believe that mental health is just as important as physical health and that seeking help is a sign of strength rather than weakness. My mental health experiences have also impacted my relationships. It can be difficult to explain to others what it feels like to have anxiety or ADHD, but I have found that being open and honest about my struggles has helped to strengthen my connections with others. By sharing my experiences, I have been able to form deeper and more meaningful relationships with those who understand and support me. At the same time, I have learned to recognize when certain relationships are not healthy for me, and to prioritize my own well-being by setting boundaries and limiting contact with toxic people. In terms of my career aspirations, my mental health experiences have led me to pursue a career in mental health counseling. Through my own struggles, I have gained a deep appreciation for the power of therapy and the impact it can have on a person's life. I want to be able to help others who are going through similar struggles and to provide them with the support and guidance that I wish I had received earlier in my own life. I have also become passionate about promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma, and hope to be an advocate for those who may be too afraid or ashamed to seek help. Overall, my experiences with mental health have been challenging, but they have also taught me valuable lessons about self-care, relationships, and compassion. Through my struggles, I have developed a greater appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit, and have come to believe that with the right support and resources, anyone can overcome even the toughest of obstacles.
    Ginny Biada Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have a mother who always put her children's needs before her own. My mother has been a constant source of inspiration, support, and guidance throughout my life. Her unwavering love and dedication have helped me become the person I am today. One of the most significant ways my mother has impacted my life is through her constant encouragement. She always instilled in me a sense of confidence and self-belief. Growing up, she encouraged me to pursue my passions, no matter how unconventional they were. Whether it was writing, music, or art, my mother always believed in me and encouraged me to chase my dreams. This encouragement gave me the confidence to pursue my passions and take risks. I never doubted myself, thanks to my mother's unwavering support. Even when things didn't go as planned, my mother was always there to pick me up and remind me that failure is just a stepping stone to success. My mother also taught me the value of hard work and dedication. As a single mother, she worked tirelessly to provide for her family. Despite the challenges she faced, she never gave up and always pushed forward. This work ethic rubbed off on me, and I learned the value of persistence and dedication from her. Whenever I faced a difficult challenge, my mother was always there to offer words of wisdom and support. She told me stories of her struggles and how she overcame them. This helped me see that anything is possible with hard work and determination. In addition to her unwavering support and encouragement, my mother also taught me the importance of kindness and compassion. She always put others before herself and taught me to do the same. Whenever we had guests over, my mother would go out of her way to make them feel welcome and comfortable. This kindness and compassion extended beyond our home. My mother was actively involved in community service, and she instilled in me the importance of giving back. She would take me to volunteer at local charities and shelters, which taught me the value of helping those in need. As I grew older, my mother's impact on my life became more apparent. She helped shape me into a confident, compassionate, and hardworking person. I was able to pursue my dreams, take risks, and achieve success thanks to her unwavering support. In conclusion, my mother has had a profound and positive impact on my life. Her constant encouragement, work ethic, and compassion have helped shape me into the person I am today. I am grateful for all that she has done for me, and I hope to one day repay her kindness and dedication by being the best version of myself.
    Learner Math Lover Scholarship
    Mathematics is a fundamental subject that plays a critical role in many fields, from science and engineering to finance and business. It is the language that describes and predicts the physical world, from the movements of planets and stars to the behavior of subatomic particles. Without math, many of the technological advancements that we enjoy today, such as smartphones and computers, would not be possible. Moreover, math is used extensively in many everyday activities, such as cooking, shopping, and managing finances. It is an essential life skill that everyone should possess. I love learning math because of the feeling of accomplishment that comes with solving problems. Solving a challenging problem can be incredibly satisfying and can give one a sense of achievement and confidence. Moreover, math is a subject that is not limited to the classroom but can be applied to real-world situations. It is fascinating to see how math is used in everything from architecture and art to physics and engineering. As someone who was self-taught in high school using Khan Academy, I can attest to the importance of math education. Math education equips individuals with the skills to think logically and solve problems systematically. It teaches students to break down complex problems into smaller, more manageable pieces and to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to solve them. These skills are not only useful in math but can be applied to other subjects and real-world situations as well. In conclusion, I believe that math is an essential subject that everyone should learn. It teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and it has numerous real-world applications. Moreover, learning math can be incredibly rewarding and satisfying, as one sees their skills improve and discovers new concepts and ideas.
    LGBTQIA+ in Advancing Tech & Data Science Scholarship
    As a mechanical and aerospace engineering major, I have always been fascinated by technology and its ability to change the world for the better. In particular, my interests lie in two fields: cryogenics and sustainability. I believe that these fields have the potential to revolutionize the way we live our lives, and I am excited to be a part of that change. Cryogenics is the study of the behavior of materials at extremely low temperatures. This field has the potential to transform many industries, from healthcare to transportation. For example, in healthcare, cryogenics is used to freeze and store biological samples, such as blood or stem cells. This has the potential to save countless lives by making it easier to transplant organs and tissues. In transportation, cryogenics is used to store and transport liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is a cleaner and more efficient fuel than traditional gasoline or diesel. This can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainability is another field that has captured my interest. As we continue to face the challenges of climate change, it is essential that we find ways to live more sustainably. One way to do this is by developing technologies that can help us reduce our environmental footprint. For example, I am particularly interested in renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. By harnessing the power of the sun and wind, we can generate electricity without producing greenhouse gas emissions. I am also interested in energy storage technologies, such as batteries, which can help us store energy from renewable sources and use it when we need it. As I pursue my degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, I hope to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become a thermal engineer. I believe that this field will allow me to work on projects that are both interesting and important. For example, I would love to work on developing more efficient cryogenic storage systems that can be used in healthcare or transportation. I am also interested in developing new renewable energy technologies that can help us transition to a more sustainable future. Ultimately, my goal is to use my skills and knowledge to help others. Whether it is by developing new medical technologies, designing more efficient transportation systems, or creating renewable energy sources, I hope to make a positive impact on the world. I believe that the data science field will play a crucial role in achieving these goals. By using data analysis and modeling, we can better understand complex systems and develop more effective solutions. I am excited to learn more about this field and to apply its techniques to the problems I care about. In conclusion, I am interested in technology and the data science field because I believe that these fields have the potential to make a positive impact on the world. Specifically, I am passionate about cryogenics and sustainability and hope to use my degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering to work on projects in these fields. Ultimately, I hope to make a difference by helping to develop new technologies that can improve people's lives and make the world a better place.
    Phoenix Opportunity Award
    Being a first-generation college student has significantly impacted my career goals. As someone who is majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering, I aspire to become a thermal engineer. However, this career path is not a direct one, and being a first-generation college student has played a significant role in shaping my goals. Firstly, being the first person in my family to attend college has given me a sense of responsibility to succeed and make my family proud. This has fueled my determination and ambition to pursue a challenging major in mechanical and aerospace engineering despite not having a background in the field. My desire to succeed has also led me to set ambitious career goals, such as becoming a thermal engineer. Secondly, being a first-generation college student has made me more resourceful and proactive in seeking out opportunities. Without the guidance of family members who have gone through the college experience before me, I have had to rely on myself to navigate the world of higher education. This independence has helped me develop a strong sense of initiative and the ability to seek out opportunities that will help me achieve my career goals. For example, I have actively sought out internships and research positions in the field of thermal engineering, which has given me valuable experience and insights into the industry. Finally, being a first-generation college student has given me a unique perspective on the value of education and the opportunities it can provide. Growing up in a family without a college education has made me appreciate the benefits that higher education can bring, such as better career prospects and financial stability. This appreciation has further fueled my ambition and drive to succeed in my chosen career path. In conclusion, being a first-generation college student has greatly influenced my career goals by instilling a sense of responsibility and ambition, making me more resourceful and proactive in seeking out opportunities, and giving me a unique perspective on the value of education. As I continue to pursue my goals of becoming a thermal engineer, I am grateful for the experiences and insights that being a first-generation college student has given me.
    Career Search Scholarship
    As a college student pursuing a major in mechanical and aerospace engineering, I am constantly exploring potential careers that will align with my interests and passions. Currently, I am primarily focused on becoming a thermal engineer, despite it not being a direct major in most universities. This desire is driven by my fascination with thermodynamics, cryogenics, and superconductivity, and my belief that pursuing a career in this field will bring me immense fulfillment. Thermal engineering is the application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to design and develop efficient energy systems, devices, and processes. As a thermal engineer, I would be responsible for creating innovative solutions that reduce energy consumption and promote sustainability, while also improving the performance of existing systems. This field is particularly appealing to me because of its broad applicability and its potential to have a significant impact on society. To become a successful thermal engineer, I am also exploring chemistry, which helps to deepen my understanding of the underlying principles that govern thermal and mechanical phenomena. Studying statistical mechanics, particle physics, advanced thermodynamics, and molecular gas dynamics have been especially beneficial in this regard, as they have provided me with a foundation of knowledge that is critical to understanding how energy is transferred and transformed in various systems. In addition to my coursework, I have also pursued research opportunities that allow me to apply the knowledge I have gained in the classroom to real-world problems. For example, I have worked on a project that focuses on the design and optimization of a thermal energy storage system that can be used to store excess energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind power. This experience has helped me to develop a deeper appreciation for the challenges involved in designing efficient energy systems and has further solidified my desire to pursue a career in thermal engineering. While the field of thermal engineering is challenging and requires a high degree of technical expertise, I believe that it will bring me immense fulfillment because of its potential to make a tangible impact on society. By designing more efficient energy systems and processes, thermal engineers can contribute to the development of a more sustainable future. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of thermal engineering means that it requires collaboration with professionals from a variety of fields, providing opportunities to learn and grow both professionally and personally. In conclusion, as a college student majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering, I am exploring potential careers that will allow me to apply my passion for thermodynamics and cryogenics to make a meaningful impact on society. By pursuing a career in thermal engineering, I hope to use my skills and knowledge to design more efficient energy systems and promote sustainability. While this field is challenging, I believe that the potential for personal and professional growth, as well as the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable future, make it a worthwhile and fulfilling career path.
    Headbang For Science
    As a mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering double major, I am deeply passionate about contributing to advancements in cryogenics and superconductivity through a career in thermal engineering. I am fascinated by the potential applications of this field, from developing more efficient energy systems to improving medical technologies. Pursuing a Ph.D. in thermal engineering would allow me to gain a deeper understanding of these complex systems and contribute to making the world a better place. However, I am also acutely aware of the financial burden that higher education can place on individuals and families. While I have received some financial aid and scholarships, the cost of tuition continues to be a major challenge for me. That's why I am applying for this scholarship award. If selected, this scholarship would make a significant difference in helping me achieve my academic and professional goals, while also providing me with the financial stability to continue pursuing my love of heavy metal music. As someone who loves heavy metal music, I understand the power of community and the importance of finding inspiration in one's passions. Heavy metal music is a source of energy and creativity for me, and it has helped me to find a sense of belonging in a community of like-minded individuals. In many ways, my passion for heavy metal has influenced my academic and professional pursuits. It has taught me to appreciate the dedication and precision required to create something meaningful, and it has instilled in me a drive to pursue my goals with passion and determination. If selected for this scholarship, I would use the funds to not only cover my tuition costs but also to invest in my academic and professional growth. I am committed to working hard and making the most of this opportunity, with the hope of one day contributing to the field of thermal engineering in a meaningful way. With the help of this scholarship, I would be able to focus more fully on my studies and research, without worrying as much about the financial burden of graduate school. In addition to my academic pursuits, I am also deeply committed to giving back to my community. I have been involved in several volunteer organizations over the years, and I hope to continue serving my community throughout my life. I believe that my passion for heavy metal music and my commitment to making a positive impact in the world are closely linked, as they both reflect my desire to create something meaningful and inspiring. In terms of funding my education, I have applied for various grants and loans, but unfortunately, they do not cover the full cost of tuition. This scholarship would be an incredible opportunity for me, and I am deeply grateful for any support that can help me achieve my academic and personal goals. I recognize that there are many talented and deserving applicants for this scholarship, and I am honored to be considered among them. Overall, I am deeply grateful for any support that can help me achieve my academic and personal goals. Pursuing a Ph.D. in thermal engineering is a challenging but rewarding path, and I am eager to see where this journey will take me. I appreciate any consideration that can be given to my application, and I am excited about the possibilities that this scholarship could open up for me.
    Future of Aviation Scholarship
    As a mechanical engineering student double majoring in aerospace engineering, I have always been fascinated by the complexities and challenges that come with aviation. My academic and professional goals in this field revolve around contributing to the development of cutting-edge technology and pushing the limits of what is possible in aviation. One of my primary academic goals in aviation is to develop a strong foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of aerospace engineering. I am particularly interested in aircraft design, aerodynamics, and propulsion systems, and I plan to take advanced courses in these areas to deepen my understanding. In addition, I intend to work on research projects in these fields, with the goal of contributing to the development of innovative solutions that can enhance the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of aviation. Another important academic goal for me is to gain hands-on experience through internships and co-op programs. I believe that practical experience is essential for success in the aviation industry, and I want to take advantage of every opportunity to gain real-world experience working on projects with industry experts. This will not only help me develop technical skills but also expose me to the broader issues and challenges facing the aviation industry. In terms of professional goals, my ultimate aim is to work in a leadership role in the aviation industry. I want to be part of a team that develops and implements innovative solutions that drive progress and transform the industry. Specifically, I am interested in working on the development of electric and hybrid-electric aircraft, as I believe this technology holds great promise for the future of aviation. I also want to contribute to the implementation of sustainable aviation solutions, such as biofuels and carbon capture technologies, which can help reduce the industry's environmental impact. My inspiration for pursuing a career in aviation comes from a combination of factors. Growing up, I was always interested in science and technology, and I loved learning about how things work. As I got older, I became more interested in engineering and its applications in solving real-world problems. In college, I was introduced to aerospace engineering, and I was immediately drawn to the challenges and complexities of the field. One of my biggest inspirations in aviation is the Wright Brothers. Their pioneering work in the early days of aviation paved the way for the incredible progress that has been made in the field since then. I am also inspired by the innovative spirit and can-do attitude of the aviation industry, which is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In conclusion, my academic and professional goals in aviation revolve around gaining a strong foundation in the theoretical and practical aspects of aerospace engineering, gaining hands-on experience, and ultimately contributing to the development of cutting-edge technology and sustainable aviation solutions. I am inspired by the pioneering work of the Wright Brothers and the innovative spirit of the aviation industry, and I am excited to be part of the next generation of aviation professionals who will shape the future of the industry.
    Big Heart Scholarship
    As a former scout, I have had the opportunity to develop valuable skills and values that have influenced my interactions with others and my ability to contribute to a safer and more inclusive environment. Through scouting, I learned about the importance of teamwork, leadership, and community service, which have all played a role in helping me make choices from the heart and create a welcoming atmosphere for myself and my peers. One of the most significant ways that I have been able to help others is through community service. During my time in scouting, I participated in a variety of service projects that allowed me to give back to my community and help those in need. These projects ranged from organizing food drives to volunteering at local shelters, and each one allowed me to connect with others and make a positive impact on their lives. Through these experiences, I learned the importance of empathy and compassion, and how even small acts of kindness can have a significant impact on someone's day. In addition to community service, I have also been able to create a safer and more inclusive environment for myself and my peers through my interactions with others. I believe that one of the most important things we can do is to listen and be open to different perspectives, even if they differ from our own. This has allowed me to connect with people from all walks of life and understand their experiences and challenges. I have also made a conscious effort to stand up for those who may be marginalized or excluded, whether it is through speaking out against discrimination or simply offering a listening ear. By doing so, I hope to create a space where everyone feels valued and respected, regardless of their background or beliefs. Finally, I have tried to lead by example and encourage others to follow their hearts and do what is right, even if it is not the easiest or most popular choice. I believe that we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place, and that starts with our interactions with others. Whether it is through a small act of kindness or a larger initiative, we all have the power to make a positive impact and create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. In conclusion, my experiences as a scout have taught me valuable lessons about teamwork, leadership, and community service, which have all contributed to my ability to create a safer and more inclusive atmosphere for myself and my peers. Through community service, empathy, standing up for others and leading by example, I have been able to make a positive impact on the lives of those around me and create a more welcoming and accepting community. I hope to continue to use these skills and values to make a difference in the world and inspire others to do the same.
    Veterans Next Generation Scholarship
    My grandfather's military service has not only inspired me to pursue my career aspirations but has also taught me valuable life lessons. One of the most important lessons that I have learned from him is the importance of serving others. My grandfather has always been a selfless person, and he has dedicated much of his life to helping others. Whether it is through his work as a lawyer or his volunteer efforts, he has always been committed to making a difference in the world. His example has inspired me to pursue a career in mechanical engineering with a focus on designing and building machines that can improve the lives of others. I believe that engineering has the power to create innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems, and I am excited to be a part of this field. Another lesson that I have learned from my grandfather is the importance of resilience. He has faced many challenges throughout his life, including the difficulties of serving in the military and the rigorous demands of earning a Ph.D. Despite these obstacles, he has always persevered and remained committed to his goals. This lesson has been especially valuable to me as I have faced challenges in my own academic and professional pursuits. Whenever I have encountered setbacks or obstacles, I have drawn on my grandfather's example to stay motivated and focused on my goals. My grandfather's influence extends beyond just my career aspirations. His experiences have also shaped my personal values and worldview. He has taught me the importance of integrity, compassion, and humility. His example has shown me that success is not just about achieving personal goals, but it is also about using one's talents and abilities to make a positive impact in the world. In addition to these lessons, my grandfather's military service has also instilled in me a deep sense of patriotism and appreciation for the sacrifices that veterans have made for our country. As the son/daughter of a veteran, I feel a responsibility to honor the sacrifices of those who have served and to give back to my community and country in meaningful ways. Overall, my experience as the son/daughter of a veteran has had a profound impact on my life and career aspirations. My grandfather's example has shown me the importance of hard work, discipline, education, and service. I am grateful for his guidance and inspiration, and I am committed to living up to his legacy by pursuing my goals and making a positive contribution to society. I am excited to see where my career will take me, and I am proud to be a part of a legacy of service and sacrifice.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    The nature of our universe has always been a subject of fascination for human beings. From the ancient Greeks to modern-day scientists, we have been constantly striving to uncover the mysteries of the cosmos. In recent times, with the advancement of technology and the rise of scientific knowledge, we have made significant strides in our understanding of the universe. However, there is still so much that we don't know. Therefore, it is essential that we work to better understand the nature of our universe. There are several reasons why this is important. Firstly, understanding the universe can help us understand ourselves. We are a part of the universe, and our very existence is governed by the laws of physics that apply throughout the cosmos. By studying the universe, we can gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental forces that underlie our existence. This knowledge can then be applied to improve our lives, from developing new technologies to exploring new frontiers. Secondly, understanding the universe is crucial for the advancement of science and technology. The more we know about the universe, the more we can innovate and develop new technologies. For instance, cryogenic engines are an example of this. Cryogenics is the science of producing and using low-temperature environments, and it has many applications, from medical procedures to space travel. Cryogenic engines are used in rockets to provide a powerful thrust by using liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen as propellants. These engines are incredibly efficient and have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of space travel. By using cryogenic engines, we can reduce the number of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere and move towards more sustainable forms of space exploration. Another reason why understanding the universe is important is that it helps us to understand the history of our planet and the universe as a whole. The universe has been around for over 13 billion years, and throughout this time, it has undergone numerous transformations. By studying the universe, we can learn about its evolution, from the formation of the first galaxies to the creation of stars and planets. This knowledge can then be applied to understand the origins of life on Earth and the factors that have influenced the development of our planet. To better understand the universe, we need to employ a variety of ideas and concepts. One such concept is physical chemistry, which is the study of the chemical and physical properties of matter. Physical chemistry is essential for understanding the properties of materials that make up our universe, from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies. By studying the physical and chemical properties of matter, we can gain insights into the underlying principles that govern the behavior of the universe. Another concept that is important for understanding the universe is quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is a branch of physics that describes the behavior of matter and energy on a microscopic level. It is essential for understanding the behavior of subatomic particles and the fundamental forces of nature. Understanding quantum mechanics is crucial for many areas of science and technology, including superconductivity, which is a phenomenon that occurs when certain materials lose all resistance to electrical current at very low temperatures. This property has many applications, from powering MRI machines to improving the efficiency of power grids. In conclusion, understanding the nature of our universe is crucial for our advancement as a species. It can help us improve our lives, develop new technologies, and gain a deeper understanding of our place in the cosmos. Concepts such as physical chemistry and quantum mechanics are essential for gaining insights into the underlying principles that govern the behavior of the universe. As a mechanical engineering student passionate about cryogenics and superconductivity, I hope to use these concepts to contribute to our understanding of the universe. I aspire to work at CERN, where I can work on projects such as the LHC and contribute to the scientific community's efforts to better understand the universe. Ultimately, the more we understand about the universe, the more we can push the boundaries of what is possible and unlock the secrets of the cosmos. I believe that with dedication, collaboration, and a commitment to sustainability, we can continue to make progress in our understanding of the universe and harness its potential for the betterment of humanity. As we continue to explore the mysteries of the cosmos, I am excited to be a part of the effort to push the boundaries of what is possible and uncover the hidden wonders of our universe.
    Learner.com Algebra Scholarship
    Mathematics is often considered one of the most important and fundamental subjects that an individual can learn. It is a subject that deals with numbers, shapes, and patterns, and is essential to understanding many aspects of the world around us. I believe that math is important for several reasons, and I love learning math because of the sense of satisfaction that comes with solving problems and the numerous real-world applications that math has. Mathematics plays a crucial role in many fields, from science and engineering to finance and business. It is the language that describes and predicts the physical world, from the movements of planets and stars to the behavior of subatomic particles. Without math, many of the technological advancements that we enjoy today, such as smartphones and computers, would not be possible. Moreover, math is used extensively in many everyday activities, such as cooking, shopping, and managing finances. It is an essential life skill that everyone should possess. As someone who was self-taught in high school using Khan Academy, I can attest to the importance of math education. Math education equips individuals with the skills to think logically and solve problems systematically. It teaches students to break down complex problems into smaller, more manageable pieces and to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to solve them. These skills are not only useful in math but can be applied to other subjects and real-world situations as well. I love learning math because of the feeling of accomplishment that comes with solving problems. Solving a challenging problem can be incredibly satisfying and can give one a sense of achievement and confidence. It is a subject that rewards effort and hard work, and one can see tangible results as one improve their skills. Moreover, math is a subject that is not limited to the classroom but can be applied to real-world situations. It is fascinating to see how math is used in everything from architecture and art to physics and engineering. Another reason why I love learning math is that it is a subject that is constantly evolving. There are always new discoveries and advancements in mathematics, and there is always more to learn. Math is not a static subject, but rather a dynamic and evolving field that is constantly expanding. As such, there is always something new to discover and explore, making math an exciting and rewarding subject to study. In conclusion, I believe that math is an essential subject that everyone should learn. It teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and it has numerous real-world applications. Moreover, learning math can be incredibly rewarding and satisfying, as one sees their skills improve and discovers new concepts and ideas. As someone who was self-taught in high school using Khan Academy, I can attest to the importance of math education and the benefits that come with learning math.
    STAR Scholarship - Students Taking Alternative Routes
    As a mechanical engineering student, my passion lies in the field of thermal engineering, where I want to specialize in cryogenic engines. With a strong interest in the use of alternative energy and sustainable technologies, I believe that this field will provide me with opportunities to make significant contributions toward a greener future. Thermal engineering involves designing and developing systems that use heat to perform specific tasks. Cryogenic engines, in particular, are highly efficient, environmentally friendly, and have the potential to revolutionize the aerospace industry. My desire to pursue a career in this field stems from the belief that this technology can be used to reduce the environmental impact of space exploration, as well as other areas such as transportation and energy production. In addition to the benefits that cryogenic engines offer, my interest in research and development further motivates me to pursue a career in this field. By continuously innovating and improving existing technology, I hope to contribute to advancements in the field of thermal engineering. I believe that this requires a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, both of which I intend to acquire through my education and career. Another aspect that excites me about thermal engineering is the opportunity to work on sustainability-focused projects. As we move towards a more sustainable future, it is essential to develop and implement technologies that are environmentally friendly and socially responsible. I see thermal engineering as a key area for sustainable innovation, and I am excited to contribute to this movement through my work. To pursue my career in thermal engineering, I plan to continue my education by pursuing a graduate degree in mechanical engineering. I also intend to seek out opportunities for research and development in the field, working with organizations that share my values and goals. I believe that collaboration and networking are essential for success in any field, and I plan to connect with professionals and experts in my field to learn from their experiences and insights. In conclusion, my interest in thermal engineering, specifically in cryogenic engines, is motivated by a passion for sustainability and a desire to contribute to research and development. By pursuing a career in this field, I believe that I can make a positive impact on society and the environment while challenging myself professionally. I am excited about the opportunities that this career path offers and am committed to working towards a sustainable future through my work in thermal engineering.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    If I could have everyone in the world read one book, it would be "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig. This captivating novel tells the story of a woman named Nora Seed who, feeling overwhelmed by her life, decides to end it. However, instead of dying, she finds herself in a magical library where each book on the shelves represents a different version of her life. There are several reasons why I believe "The Midnight Library" is a must-read. It deals with the universal themes of regret and the pursuit of happiness. Nora's journey through the library forces her to confront the choices she has made in her life and consider how things could have been different if she had made different decisions. This is something that I believe everyone can relate to, as we all have moments where we wonder what our lives would be like if we had taken a different path. The story has an uplifting message about the power of life and the importance of making the most of the time we have. Through her experiences in the library, Nora learns that even small actions can have a significant impact on the course of our lives. This is a message that is especially relevant in today's world, where many of us feel overwhelmed by the pressures of modern life and the constant demands of our time. Finally, "The Midnight Library" is a beautifully written novel that combines elements of fantasy and realism to create a unique and thought-provoking story. The characters are well-drawn, and the plot is both engaging and emotionally resonant. I believe that reading this book would be a memorable and enjoyable experience for anyone. In conclusion, if I could have everyone in the world read one book, it would be "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig. This novel has a powerful message about the importance of living life to the fullest and making the most of the time we have. It also deals with universal themes that everyone can relate to, such as regret and the pursuit of happiness. Finally, it is a beautifully written book that combines elements of fantasy and realism to create a unique and engaging story. I believe that reading this book would be a valuable experience for anyone, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of reading it.
    Youth Equine Service Scholarship
    Volunteering has been an important aspect of my life for as long as I can remember. From my childhood days as a scout to my recent experiences with community service, I have learned valuable lessons about myself and the world around me. One of the most significant things that my volunteer service has taught me is the importance of being selfless. Through various volunteer opportunities, I have come to realize that serving others not only benefits them but also brings great joy and fulfillment to my own life. It has taught me to be more empathetic and compassionate towards others, and to put their needs before my own. This has helped me become a better listener and communicator, which has benefited my personal and professional relationships. Volunteering has also taught me the value of teamwork and collaboration. As a scout, I worked with a team to complete various tasks, from building a bridge to cleaning up a park. We learned to divide responsibilities, communicate effectively, and support each other to achieve our common goal. These skills have been invaluable in my personal and professional life, as I have had to work with different people with diverse backgrounds and personalities. Moreover, my volunteer service has taught me to be resilient and persistent. Horse riding, in particular, taught me that success requires hard work, practice, and perseverance. I learned to overcome my fear of falling off the horse and to keep trying until I became a skilled rider. This has helped me develop a growth mindset, where I view challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. In addition to these personal lessons, volunteering has also allowed me to develop new skills and experiences that have benefited my academic and professional pursuits. This experience also helped me develop leadership skills as I was responsible for coordinating and managing a team of volunteers. Furthermore, volunteering has taught me to be more open-minded and accepting of others. Through my work with various communities, I have had the opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles. This has broadened my perspective and helped me appreciate diversity. It has also taught me to be more accepting of others' opinions and beliefs, even if they differ from my own. Lastly, my volunteer service has taught me to be responsible and accountable for my actions. As a scout, I had to be responsible for my decisions and actions and be accountable for the success or failure of our team. This has translated into my personal and professional life, where I take ownership of my mistakes and strive to learn from them. In conclusion, my volunteer service has been a significant part of my life, and it has taught me many valuable lessons about myself, including the importance of selflessness, teamwork, resilience, responsibility, and open-mindedness. These skills and values have shaped me into the person I am today, and I will continue to apply them in my personal and professional life. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to serve others, and I hope to continue making a positive impact in my community and beyond.
    Koehler Family Trades and Engineering Scholarship
    Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated with machines and how they work. As I grew up, I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in engineering. However, my passion for thermal engineering didn't come until later, when I took a course in thermodynamics during my undergraduate degree. I was fascinated by how the laws of thermodynamics govern the behavior of all systems and processes in the world. It was then that I realized that I wanted to specialize in thermal engineering and specifically in cryogenics. Cryogenics is the study of extremely low temperatures, and it has many applications, such as in space exploration, medical technology, and energy storage. I am drawn to this field because it presents unique and complex challenges, and the solutions to these challenges can have a significant impact on society. For example, advancements in cryogenic technology have allowed for the creation of vaccines that can be stored at ultra-low temperatures, which has been crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. My upbringing has played a significant role in shaping who I am today and my passion for engineering. My family instilled in me a love for science and math from a young age, and they always encouraged me to pursue my interests. They taught me to be persistent in the face of challenges and to never give up on my dreams. Growing up in a developing country, I also saw firsthand the importance of engineering and technology in improving people's lives. I saw how engineers were able to design and build infrastructure, such as bridges and roads, that made a significant difference in people's daily lives. Throughout my life, I have faced many challenges, both personal and academic. However, these challenges have taught me important lessons about perseverance, resilience, and the importance of a strong support system. I have learned that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. I have also learned the importance of seeking help and advice from others when facing difficult situations. In conclusion, I am passionate about pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and becoming a thermal engineer specializing in cryogenics. My upbringing and life experiences have instilled in me a love for science and math, and have taught me important lessons about perseverance and the importance of a strong support system. I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead, and I am eager to use my skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on the world.
    Maverick Grill and Saloon Scholarship
    Growing up, I witnessed the effects of climate change firsthand in my community. Droughts, heatwaves, and hurricanes have devastated homes and businesses. As a result, I became passionate about addressing climate change and its impacts. I knew that I wanted to contribute to the solution in a tangible way, and my interest in mechanical engineering led me to focus on renewable energy technologies. In college, I pursued various opportunities to gain hands-on experience in renewable energy. I worked as an assistant researcher for a project that involved designing a satellite to detect algae and for an investigation on how to create concrete using seawater. These experiences solidified my passion for renewable energy and reinforced my desire to contribute to my community through sustainable engineering practices. My career goal is to obtain a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and become a thermal engineer with a focus on renewable energy. What makes me unique is my commitment to using my skills and knowledge to benefit my community. In the future, I plan to use my skills and knowledge to help my community transition to a more sustainable energy system. I want to work on designing and implementing renewable energy technologies that are affordable and accessible to everyone, particularly those in low-income communities. I also plan to engage in community outreach and education to raise awareness about the benefits of renewable energy and encourage people to make the switch. One way that I plan to give back to my community is by volunteering my time and expertise to local organizations that promote sustainable practices. For example, I hope to work with community groups to install solar panels on rooftops and provide training on how to maintain and operate the systems. By doing so, I can help reduce the carbon footprint of local businesses and homes, while also creating opportunities for jobs in the renewable energy sector. In addition to my community outreach efforts, I plan to use my platform as an engineer to advocate for policies that support renewable energy and combat climate change. I believe that engineers have a unique role to play in shaping policy and pushing for change. I plan to use my expertise and voice to advocate for policies that prioritize the environment and public health. This might involve working with local and state governments to create incentives for renewable energy development or partnering with advocacy groups to raise awareness about the need for action on climate change. Furthermore, I plan to use my education and experience to mentor and inspire the next generation of engineers. I hope to work with students from underrepresented backgrounds to provide them with the resources and support they need to pursue careers in engineering. By doing so, I can help create a more diverse and inclusive engineering community, which can bring new perspectives and ideas to the field. In conclusion, my commitment to addressing climate change and promoting renewable energy is a driving force behind my career aspirations. I plan to give back to my community in the future by designing and implementing renewable energy technologies, engaging in community outreach and education, advocating for policies that support sustainable engineering practices, and mentoring the next generation of engineers. With these efforts, I hope to create a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone.
    Adrin Ohaekwe Memorial Scholarship
    My career goal is to become a thermal engineer with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. This is a challenging and rewarding field that requires a strong technical background, problem-solving skills, and a commitment to lifelong learning. In my pursuit of this career, I have learned many valuable lessons from playing chess that I believe will help me achieve my goals. First and foremost, playing chess has taught me the importance of strategy and planning. In chess, one must carefully consider each move and anticipate the possible responses of their opponent. Similarly, as a thermal engineer, I will need to develop strategic plans for designing and optimizing complex systems, taking into account various constraints such as cost, efficiency, and environmental impact. Furthermore, chess has taught me the importance of patience and persistence. In chess, one cannot expect to win every game, and losses are inevitable. However, by analyzing and learning from these losses, one can improve their game and ultimately become a stronger player. Similarly, in my career as a thermal engineer, I will undoubtedly face challenges and setbacks. However, by remaining patient and persistent, and by learning from my mistakes, I can continue to grow and improve as an engineer. Another lesson I have learned from playing chess is the value of creativity and innovation. In chess, there are countless possible moves and strategies, and the most successful players are often those who can think outside the box and come up with creative solutions to difficult problems. As a thermal engineer, I believe that creativity and innovation will be key to designing new and more efficient systems that can help address the world's energy and environmental challenges. Finally, playing chess has taught me the importance of teamwork and collaboration. While chess is often thought of as an individual sport, many successful chess players work closely with coaches, trainers, and other players to improve their skills and achieve their goals. Similarly, as a thermal engineer, I recognize the importance of working collaboratively with colleagues, clients, and other stakeholders to design and implement effective solutions that meet their needs and goals. In conclusion, playing chess has taught me many valuable lessons that I believe will help me achieve my career goals as a thermal engineer. From strategy and planning to patience and persistence, creativity and innovation to teamwork and collaboration, these lessons will be invaluable as I work to design new and more efficient systems that can help address some of the world's most pressing challenges.
    “I Matter” Scholarship
    As a Scout, I have had numerous opportunities to help others in need, especially during natural disasters. My country is often targeted by cyclones, which can cause widespread damage and devastation. In such situations, the community comes together to support those who have been affected, and Scouts play a vital role in this effort. One such occasion that stands out for me is when our troop organized a community service event to assist the residents of a nearby coastal town that had been hit by a cyclone. The storm had caused severe damage to homes and buildings, and many families were left without shelter or access to basic necessities such as food and water. Our troop mobilized quickly, and we worked in collaboration with local authorities and other volunteer organizations to set up a relief center in the affected area. We distributed essential supplies such as water, food, and clothing to the affected families. We also helped clear debris and fallen trees from the streets and offered assistance in any way possible. It was heartwarming to see the gratitude and relief on the faces of the people we were helping. We worked tirelessly for several days, setting up temporary shelters and helping people rebuild their homes. This experience taught me the importance of being prepared and organized when dealing with natural disasters. As Scouts, we are trained to be resourceful, adaptable, and ready to respond to emergencies at a moment's notice. We learned the value of teamwork and how we can achieve great things by working together. In addition to this event, our troop regularly helps people in need in our community. We participate in various social and environmental initiatives, including volunteering at local hospitals, organizing blood donation drives, and cleaning up beaches and public spaces. Through our actions, we hope to inspire others to do the same and contribute positively to society. Helping someone in need is one of the most rewarding experiences one can have, and as Scouts, we are committed to making a difference in people's lives, especially during difficult times.
    PJC Memorial Scholarship
    As an individual who comes from a middle-class background, I recognize the importance of education in shaping one's future. Growing up, I didn't have the luxury of expensive private schools or extensive educational resources, but I didn't let that stop me. Instead, I turned to books and online sites to educate myself and expand my horizons. Through self-education, I learned the value of persistence and hard work, as well as the importance of seeking out opportunities to learn and grow. I discovered that knowledge truly is power and that it can open up doors to opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to me. In my opinion, education is a fundamental component of personal growth and development. It not only equips individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life, but it also fosters critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Moreover, education empowers individuals to become informed and responsible citizens, who can make positive contributions to their communities and the world at large. For me, education is not just a means to an end, but a lifelong pursuit that has the power to transform lives and make a positive impact on society.
    Minority Students x Stem Scholarship
    As an aspiring thermal engineer, I have always been passionate about exploring the potential of cryogenic engines to reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a more sustainable future. This technology has inspired me to delve deeper into the world of engineering and understand the immense potential that it holds. Cryogenic engines are an exciting and innovative technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way we power our vehicles and machinery. They use cryogenic fuels, such as liquid hydrogen, to provide clean and efficient energy that produces fewer carbon emissions than conventional fossil fuels. This is particularly important in the context of climate change, where reducing carbon emissions is essential to preserving the environment for future generations. One of the things that fascinate me about cryogenic engines is the immense potential they hold in transforming the transportation industry. For example, cryogenic engines can be used to power aircraft, making air travel more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Similarly, cryogenic engines can also be used to power cars, trucks, and buses, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Furthermore, cryogenic engines also have applications beyond the transportation industry. They can be used in various industrial processes, such as power generation and manufacturing, to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency. This highlights the immense potential that cryogenic engines hold in transforming multiple sectors of the economy and promoting a more sustainable future. As a thermal engineer, I am particularly interested in the challenges associated with developing and implementing cryogenic engine technology. These include issues such as cryogen storage and handling, heat transfer, and combustion dynamics, which require expertise in multiple engineering disciplines. By addressing these challenges, we can make cryogenic engines more practical and accessible, and accelerate their adoption on a larger scale. However, the benefits of sustainable technologies, such as cryogenic engines, should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their socio-economic status or background. I strongly believe that the tech industry has a social and moral obligation to be inclusive to all consumers. It is crucial that we prioritize inclusivity and accessibility in our practices, and make sustainable technologies more affordable and accessible to a wider audience. To make an impact in the tech industry, I would advocate for the development of policies and regulations that incentivize companies to adopt sustainable practices and create more affordable sustainable products. Additionally, I would encourage collaboration between governments, businesses, and the public to raise awareness of the benefits of using sustainable technologies and promote their adoption on a larger scale. In conclusion, my passion for cryogenic engines has inspired me to pursue a career in thermal engineering and work toward a more sustainable future. I strongly believe that the tech industry has a responsibility to prioritize sustainability and inclusivity in its practices and create products that benefit everyone, not just a privileged few. By advocating for sustainable practices and promoting inclusivity, we can create a more equitable and sustainable world for everyone. I am excited to contribute to this vision and explore the immense potential that cryogenic engines hold for a greener and more sustainable future.
    Ojeda Multi-County Youth Scholarship
    Growing up in the inner city was a unique experience that presented me with many challenges and opportunities. Despite being part of a middle-class family, we faced significant difficulties due to the environment in which we lived. One of the most significant challenges I faced was the lack of access to quality educational resources. While my family was able to provide for our basic needs, we could not afford the best schools or tutors. This made it difficult to obtain academic opportunities, which was important to me. However, I refused to let my circumstances define my future. I was determined to succeed and sought out opportunities to learn on my own. I developed a passion for reading; I read books on a wide range of topics, from Sci-fi and science to philosophy and literature. I used the internet to research new subjects and learn from online resources such as Khan Academy and Cognitive Class. One of the most significant benefits of self-learning was that I could focus on areas that interested me. I discovered my passion for mathematics, and I took advantage of the free courses online to stay on top of my classes, and eventually more advanced. I also discovered my talent for IT and taught myself how to use Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I even competed at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship. These experiences gave me a deep sense of satisfaction and helped me develop valuable skills that would serve me well in the future. Another challenge I faced was the lack of access to mentors and role models. Growing up in the inner city, there were few successful people in my community who I could look up to. However, I didn't let this stop me from seeking out guidance and support. I was fortunate to become involved in the scout movement in my neighborhood, where I learned valuable leadership and teamwork skills. I also reached out to professionals in the field of education and asked for their advice. I attended networking events and conferences to meet other people who shared my interests. These experiences helped me develop a network of mentors and peers who supported me and provided guidance and feedback on my work. Today, I am proud of what I have accomplished despite the challenges I faced growing up in the inner city. I pursued my passion for technology and built a successful career in the field of IT. I also volunteer at a community center that provides resources and support to inner-city youth, where I share my experiences and offer mentorship to young people who are facing similar challenges. In conclusion, growing up in the inner city presented me with many challenges and opportunities. While my family was part of the middle class, we still faced significant difficulties due to the environment in which we lived. However, I refused to let my circumstances define my future. I taught myself new skills through self-learning, sought out guidance and support from mentors and peers, and became involved in the scout movement in my neighborhood. I hope my story can inspire others who are facing similar challenges to never give up on their dreams and to keep pushing forward, no matter what.
    Sunshine Legall Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in Research and Development to focus on clean energy and sustainable transportation. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn, I can change the world.
    Hearts on Sleeves, Minds in College Scholarship
    Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon here to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me. This scholarship will not only help me, but it will also help us.
    Lotus Scholarship
    Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon here to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me. This scholarship will not only help me, but it will also help us.
    Francis E. Moore Prime Time Ministries Scholarship
    I've wanted to study abroad for as long as I can remember. Throughout high school and middle school, I work hard to maintain high grades and an excellent academic profile. I focused on what I wanted, and I had my goals set. I graduated high school with a 3.97 GPA, was Valedictorian, and was class president; I did multiple extracurricular activities: B1 french diploma, office, IT certifications, and volunteering; I'm also fluent in Spanish and English as my first languages. After high school, I got accepted into six of the eight universities I applied. By this time, Covid was at an all-time high in my country, and my family was affected by it. I received some scholarships but couldn't get much help because of my international status. I had to accept that my family couldn't afford to send me abroad. So I enrolled in a university in my country with a dual-degree agreement (2 years in my country and two years abroad). At first, I wasn't ecstatic about not being able to leave, but with time I realized how many opportunities I could seize in my current program. The first one was the double major: I enrolled in mechanical engineering, but after careful evaluation, I realized that the program is similar to aerospace engineering; the first two years have the same courses, and for the next two, I only need to complete eight credit hours. The mechanical major also offers an accelerated master's program, which means I can obtain my master's degree in half the time and at almost half the price. Plus, my major has a concentration as part of the program. All of the mentioned things are just the things I can do in my last two years. I made lots of friends at my current university. They've made me realize how difficult living in another country alone would be. I also obtained opportunities for academic and professional growth: I got the chance to work as a research assistant, documentation archiver, and TA for Engineering Graphics. I've obtained CSWA, CSWP, and python certifications. Additionally, I'm finishing a concentration in medical devices. The amount of preparation and planning I have done in the last two years is far more substantial than any plans I had years ago. I know what I want and have enough experience, skills, and resources for the upcoming years. If I had moved two the US three years ago, I would have had a BSE in two years. Now in three years, I will have a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering (from each institution), a master's degree in mechanical engineering, concentrations in medical devices and solid structures, and a minor in chemistry. In total: Two bachelor's degrees, two concentrations, one minor, and one master's, all for a lesser price.
    @GrowingWithGabby National Scholarship Month TikTok Scholarship
    @Carle100 National Scholarship Month Scholarship
    Eleven Scholarship
    I've wanted to study abroad for as long as I can remember. Throughout high school and middle school, I work hard to maintain high grades and an excellent academic profile. I focused on what I wanted, and I had my goals set. I graduated high school with a 3.97 GPA, was Valedictorian, and was class president; I did multiple extracurricular activities: B1 french diploma, office, IT certifications, and volunteering; I'm also fluent in Spanish and English as my first languages. After high school, I got accepted into six of the eight universities I applied. By this time, Covid was at an all-time high in my country, and my family was affected by it. I received some scholarships but couldn't get much help because of my international status. I had to accept that my family couldn't afford to send me abroad. So I enrolled in a university in my country with a dual-degree agreement (2 years in my country and two years abroad). At first, I wasn't ecstatic about not being able to leave, but with time I realized how many opportunities I could seize in my current program. The first one was the double major: I enrolled in mechanical engineering, but after careful evaluation, I realized that the program is similar to aerospace engineering; the first two years have the same courses, and for the next two, I only need to complete eight credit hours. The mechanical major also offers an accelerated master's program, which means I can obtain my master's degree in half the time and at almost half the price. Plus, my major has a concentration as part of the program. All of the mentioned things are just the things I can do in my last two years. I made lots of friends at my current university. They've made me realize how difficult living in another country alone would be. I also obtained opportunities for academic and professional growth: I got the chance to work as a research assistant, documentation archiver, and TA for Engineering Graphics. I've obtained CSWA, CSWP, and python certifications. Additionally, I'm finishing a concentration in medical devices. The amount of preparation and planning I have done in the last two years is far more substantial than any plans I had years ago. I know what I want and have enough experience, skills, and resources for the upcoming years. If I had moved two the US three years ago, I would have had a BSE in two years. Now in three years, I will have a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering (from each institution), a master's degree in mechanical engineering, concentrations in medical devices and solid structures, and a minor in chemistry. In total: Two bachelor's degrees, two concentrations, one minor, and one master's, all for a lesser price.
    Ruthie Brown Scholarship
    I'm addressing my future debts by taking multiple actions to lower my college expenses. Going to college represents a financial strain on my family and me. Tuition cost is about 20k per year, without housing and living expenses. There are multiple things I want to do in college, but I have to remember that every decision has a cost. Most importantly, I want to ensure I don't graduate in debt. I plan to save and earn everywhere I can and generate passive income. The first thing I did was get jobs. I'm working as a TA in two engineering designs. The pay is not much, but it's not a heavy workload. This way, I can generate a nice income, but at the same time, I can devote myself to my studies. I also work in the university's documentation department under a temporal contract. Here I have a heavier workload, but my pay is more significant. Every cent I earn goes into a specific account that I opened for college. The second thing I did was take advantage of the discounts. The first one is the GPA discount. I worked hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA to get the maximum discount possible(about 10%). I also took advantage of the early pay discount and avoided late fees. The last thing I'm doing is applying to multiple scholarships. As an International Student, I have more limitations to which scholarships I can qualify. Since the odds of getting scholarships are low, I'm applying to as many as possible to maximize my chances. I have applied to over 50 scholarships in the past year, but so far, no luck. My goal for this year is to focus all my energy on getting funding. I'm currently in a transfer program that my country has with a US university. The tuition will be costlier when I transfer, and I want to minimize the impact. Not to mention it will be my first time living alone. I want to save enough money from my job to be able to pay for a year's worth of housing, and I'm very close to reaching my goal. College is a one-in-a-lifetime experience, and I want to make the most of it. My major (Aerospace Engineering) doesn't exist in my country, and this is the only way I can study. I want to enjoy my remaining years and not have to worry if I'll be able to cover the cost and be able to give my family peace of mind.
    Glenda W. Brennan "Good Works" Memorial Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in Research and Development to focus on clean energy and sustainable transportation. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn, I can change the world.
    Lauren Czebatul Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in the research and development area. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn in college, I can make a change in the world and help fight social inequality.
    Coleman for Patriots Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in the research and development area. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn in college, I can make a change in the world and help fight social inequality.
    Walking In Authority International Ministry Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in the research and development area. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn in college, I can make a change in the world and help fight social inequality.
    Esteemed Project Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in the research and development area. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn in college, I can make a change in the world and help fight social inequality.
    Do Good Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in the research and development area. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn in college, I can make a change in the world.
    Charlie Akers Memorial Scholarship
    "The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.". This quote is from Robert Baden-Powell, creator of the International Scout Movement. When I was younger, I didn't like being outside and had few friends. When I joined the Scout Community, it was hard at first to be outside my comfort zone. I started to do things I'd never done before, such as camping, cooking, creating campfires, and small constructions. Not only did they teach me survival skills, but my social skills got better as well. I had to interact with people I didn't know, whether we were to help them or fellow scouts. I can attest that there was a change in how I was before and after I joined the movement. I'm grateful for that experience because it made me who I am today. Now I find it easier to interact with people, and I made multiple friends in college. After Covid and starting university, I haven't had much time for volunteering. I try to donate clothing or support small businesses but not as much as I would like. Since most of my time goes towards my studies and gaining experience in my field, I want to join Engineers Without Borders. This way, I can use what I've learned from college to help those in need. I plan to volunteer in my junior year when I feel I have general knowledge of sufficient engineering concepts so I can be more helpful. Furthermore, what made me study engineering in the first place was my desire to make the world a better place. "To leave the world a better place than how we found it. " as we said in the Scouts. I have seen first-person people who live in such disgraced and awful conditions and struggle to stay alive. My objective, career-wise, is to develop solutions to the problems that threaten the life quality of those who don't enjoy the same privileges most of us do. I plan to work in the research and development area. I've had the privilege of an education, food on my plate, and a roof over my head. I've received a lot of support from my family, my friends, and my community. I want to take every opportunity to help those in need. I aspire to be a person who's always willing to help those in need. I hope that with what I learn in college, I can make a change in the world.
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon here to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me. This scholarship will not only help me, but it will also help us.
    Frantz Barron Scholarship
    Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon here to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me. This scholarship will not only help me, but it will also help us.
    Yvela Michele Memorial Scholarship for Resilient Single Parents
    Growing up, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon here to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me.
    DeAmontay's Darkness Deliverance Scholarship
    Growing up, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me. This scholarship will not only help me, but it will also help us.
    NE1 NE-Dream Scholarship
    Growing up, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me.
    Dr. William and Jo Sherwood Family Scholarship
    Growing up, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me. This scholarship will not only help me, but it will also help us.
    Jose Prado Memorial Scholarship
    Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon here to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in Latin America. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me.
    Single Mother's Education Scholarship
    Growing up, I never needed anything. My mother and grandparents made sure that I could do anything I wanted. My parents divorced when I was one year old. My father was never present in my life, except to sign the occasional legal document, although he was very much present in my brothers, stepbrothers, and stepsister's life. Very early on in life, I decided I wouldn't be affected by this. Because why dwell on what I don't have if I can enjoy what I do have? It's not uncommon to see kids—whose mother is working hard to provide for the household and being present in their children's lives—and if their fathers arrive for a second after years absent, they'll pack up and leave in a heartbeat. My mother was very adamant that I have a well-rounded education. She enrolled me into a good school with good values and morals, made sure I learned English early in my life, bought me lots of books (This is how my book addiction started), paid for french classes, hired math tutors, etc. she tried to give to me anything that could help me in life. In return, I tried to make the most of every opportunity granted. I made sure not to waste all of her efforts. Not only did I graduate top of my class, but I also made the best out of my time in high school. All because she helped me push through and made me work for it. For me, college is not just the next step in my education but is also an opportunity for us. To this day, my mother still works very hard. Not only does she have a demanding job, but she is also the youngest of 5 children. She has never been free to do much because of her parents' control. She never remarried or dated after my dad, hardly went out with friends because she had a kid at home, and couldn't move out of the country because she's the only one who looks out for my grandparents. She does so much for all of our family, yet they overlook her and underappreciate her efforts. These are some of the reasons that encouraged me to study abroad. College in the US will provide me with far more opportunities than those in my country. I plan to double major in Aerospace Engineering and get a Doctorate in Mechanical; both are currently unexisting in the Dominican Republic. My goal is to do well in my career, do what I love, and be able to provide for my mother and me. I dream that one day, she can quit her job and do whatever makes her happy. I can only hope to give her a fraction of what she has given me.
    Hunter Westphal Memorial Scholarship
    I believe that nothing is absolute, and change is possible. Everything can be measured, defined, predicted, or quantified; everything except people. What's on a person's mind and heart is something that nobody can explain or control, not even the person themselves. Your thoughts pop into your head at random times with no warning. Sometimes you get feelings that stay with you for months. Human behavior is a variable that can have life-changing effects. I remember my first week in college when classes were still online. This girl texted in a group chat, saying their camera wasn't working. I answered her in private, and we tried to fix the problem together but utterly failed. We started talking and getting to know each other: our backgrounds, music tastes, and star charts (I didn't understand much), and eventually, we realized that not only did we have the same major, but we were the only two people in the whole university in that major. Why is this my favorite moment? Because I didn't think I'd be the type of person who would have friends in college. I had just finished high school with just one friend, who also did not have the best experience with our previous friend group. I was feeling depressed, and I entered university with the mindset that I probably would have a few acquaintances with that I would greet and discuss classes. But in just a few weeks, I made a friend. After a year, we've had sleepovers at each other's houses, late nights at the library, birthdays, trips, and many other adventures. And the best part is I didn't make just a friend. I've made dozens of friends. People with whom I've traveled, people that looked after me when I was sick, people who truly cared about me. I'm grateful for that little interaction because I don't know what would the last year be like if I hadn't met her. I can honestly attest that my mindset before meeting her, and my other friends, was way different than my previous one. Currently, we are both on our way to becoming aerospace engineers. I know my life and my success depends on me, but it's unequivocally better to take that path with someone that not only has to take it with you but someone who cares about you. Because, in the end, that is what life is about: Enjoying the journey with people you meet along the way. "People change people" (Girl meets world).
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    Electronic Shark Scholarship
    I believe that nothing is absolute, and change is possible. Everything can be measured, defined, predicted, or quantified; everything except people. What's on a person's mind and heart is something that nobody can explain or control, not even the person themselves. Your thoughts pop into your head at random times with no warning. Sometimes you get feelings that stay with you for months. Human behavior is a variable that can have life-changing effects. I remember my first week in college when classes were still online. This girl texted in a group chat, saying their camera wasn't working. I answered her in private, and we tried to fix the problem together but utterly failed. We started talking and getting to know each other: our backgrounds, music tastes, and star charts (I didn't understand much), and eventually, we realized that not only did we have the same major, but we were the only two people in the whole university in that major. Why is this my favorite moment? Because I didn't think I'd be the type of person who would have friends in college. I had just finished high school with just one friend, who also did not have the best experience with our previous friend group. I was feeling depressed, and I entered university with the mindset that I probably would have a few acquaintances with that I would greet and discuss classes. But in just a few weeks, I made a friend. After a year, we've had sleepovers at each other's houses, late nights at the library, birthdays, trips, and many other adventures. And the best part is I didn't make just a friend. I've made dozens of friends. People with whom I've traveled, people that looked after me when I was sick, people who truly cared about me. I'm grateful for that little interaction because I don't know what would the last year be like if I hadn't met her. I can honestly attest that my mindset before meeting her, and my other friends, was way different than my previous one. Currently, we are both on our way to becoming aerospace engineers. I know my life and my success depends on me, but it's unequivocally better to take that path with someone that not only has to take it with you but someone who cares about you. Because, in the end, that is what life is about: Enjoying the journey with people you meet along the way. "People change people" (Girl meets world).