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As a technical onboarding manager whose role was outsourced, I've mastered balancing professional setbacks with personal duties, including raising five homeschooling children and championing local homeschooling initiatives. My journey has been defined by resilience, determination, and an unwavering dedication to family and career. In November 2023, my commitment to academic excellence was recognized with induction into the honor society, reinforcing my belief in education's transformative power and fueling my resolve to pursue further academic endeavors in technology. In January 2025, I joined WiCys and ISACA to demonstrate my proactive approach to professional growth and commitment to tech advancement, gaining invaluable resources and mentorship opportunities. My pursuit of a doctorate in Computer Science is driven by a desire to give back to women entering STEM careers later in life. This scholarship is pivotal in realizing my aspirations, providing not only financial assistance but validation of my potential. Armed with knowledge, experience, and a drive for positive change, I'm committed to making a lasting impact through mentorship, advocacy, and educational outreach, paving the way for future generations of women in STEM. In conclusion, my journey exemplifies the power of perseverance, passion, and purpose. With this scholarship, I'll continue defying expectations, breaking stereotypes, and empowering women to pursue their STEM dreams, creating a more inclusive, equitable future for all aspiring technologists.

Education

Collin County Community College District

Associate's degree program
2023 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Computer Science

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Computer & Network Security

    • Dream career goals:

    • Emergency Roadside

      AAA
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Training and Onboarding Manager

      ADT Security Services
      2020 – 20233 years

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Aubrey Homeschool Group — Teacher
      2020 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Anderson Engineering Scholarship
    Once upon a time, in a whirlwind of chaos and caffeine-fueled nights, I found myself juggling the demands of raising five homeschooling children, championing local initiatives, and working overnight to pay the bills. Then, like a plot twist in a Hollywood blockbuster, my technical onboarding manager role got outsourced, leaving me at a crossroads. But fear not, for I am not one to back down from a challenge—unless it's trying to convince my kids that broccoli is actually delicious. Which I have successfully accomplished with my to eldest I might add. Amidst the chaos, a beacon of hope emerged. Inducted into the honor society in November 2023, I felt like the superhero of my own story, armed with a cape made of determination and a utility belt filled with highlighters and sticky notes. Joining esteemed organizations like WiCys and ISACA in January 2025 added extra oomph to my quest for tech domination. I mean, who needs a Bat-Signal when you've got networking events and mentorship opportunities? But why engineering, you might ask? Well, picture this: a world where I can swap my cape for a lab coat and dive headfirst into the thrilling world of engineering, where equations are my arch-nemesis and prototypes are my trusty sidekicks. Sure, I haven't had the chance to wield a soldering iron or tangle with a circuit board just yet, but I'm ready to jump in with both feet—preferably wearing steel-toed boots for safety. And let's not forget the real heroes of my story—my kids. They're the reason I'm burning the midnight oil, quite literally in some cases. Their unwavering support and endless curiosity remind me daily of the importance of resilience and determination. Plus, they're excellent taste-testers for my latest culinary experiments—broccoli brownies, anyone? Looking ahead, I see a future filled with possibilities. A future where I seamlessly blend my technical expertise with practical engineering experience. While my journey has been a rollercoaster of late-night study sessions and superhero-worthy multitasking, I'm ready for the next chapter. With the help of this scholarship, I can invest in my education, gain hands-on experience, and take significant strides towards my dream career—saving the world, one circuit at a time. So, dear reader, are you ready to join me on this epic adventure? Together, we can make waves in the world of engineering, armed with determination, a healthy dose of humor, and maybe a few extra cups of coffee for good measure.
    Wolf Gustaveson Memorial Scholarship
    Ah, the adventure of introducing myself—it's like trying to capture lightning in a bottle! I'm a homeschooling superheroine, juggling five kids and a passion for technology with flair and determination. Picture this: laptops flying like confetti, textbooks doubling as coasters, and the faint sound of math problems echoing through the halls like battle cries. Amidst the chaos, I've found a calling—a desire to make a positive impact in the lives of others. One experience that has deeply influenced me and helped me find purpose is the journey of homeschooling my children while pursuing my own education and career goals. Balancing the demands of family, education, and personal aspirations has been a wild ride, filled with highs, lows, and a whole lot of coffee. But through it all, I've discovered a passion for empowering others and making meaningful contributions to their lives. Navigating the maze of homeschooling while pursuing a degree in computer science and information technology has taught me valuable lessons in resilience, determination, and the importance of community support. It's shown me that with dedication and perseverance, anything is possible. And amidst the chaos, I've found moments of clarity—moments where I've realized the power of education to transform lives and the importance of giving back to my community. Through volunteering, mentoring, and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, I've discovered a sense of purpose that fuels my desire to make a difference. Whether it's organizing workshops, leading outreach programs, or simply lending a helping hand to those in need, I strive to shine my light and uplift those around me. One particular experience stands out—a moment of connection and impact that reinforced my commitment to making meaningful contributions to the lives of others. It was during a mentoring session with a young aspiring technologist who shared her dreams and aspirations with me. Seeing her eyes light up with excitement and hearing her voice filled with hope ignited a fire within me—a fire to empower and inspire others to chase their dreams, no matter the obstacles they may face. In that moment, I realized that my journey is not just about me—it's about the lives I touch, the hearts I uplift, and the legacy I leave behind. It's about using my platform and my passion for technology to create positive change and make a lasting impact in the world. And through every experience, every interaction, and every opportunity to uplift others, I find purpose, fulfillment, and the drive to continue making meaningful contributions to the lives of those around me.
    Lester and Coque Gibson Community Service Scholarship
    In the whirlwind of homeschooling five kids and immersing myself in the dynamic world of technology, I've discovered a passion for making a difference in my community—a passion that burns brighter than a supernova on a starry night. Picture this: laptops flying like confetti, textbooks doubling as coasters, and the faint sound of math problems echoing through the halls like battle cries. Amidst this chaos, I've found a calling—a desire to give back and uplift those around me. As I journey through my college degree in computer science and information technology, I'm fueled by a vision of creating positive change in my community through meaningful acts of service. But here's the kicker: navigating the realm of higher education while homeschooling five kids is no small feat. It's like trying to navigate a maze blindfolded—challenging, exhilarating, and sometimes downright terrifying. That's where this scholarship opportunity swoops in like a knight in shining armor, offering a glimmer of hope and a helping hand when I need it most. Beyond earning a diploma, I see myself as a catalyst for empowerment and opportunity, leveraging my skills and experiences to make a tangible impact. Upon completion of my college degree, I aspire to establish a STEM academy that serves as a hub of innovation and education for individuals seeking to embark on careers in technology. But here's the kicker: turning this dream into a reality requires more than just passion—it requires resources, support, and a little sprinkle of magic. That's where this scholarship comes in, providing the financial assistance I need to turn my vision into a beacon of opportunity for aspiring tech enthusiasts from all walks of life. Through this endeavor, I aim to bridge the gap between education and industry, empowering individuals to pursue their passions and thrive in the world of technology. By fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, I hope to cultivate a new generation of tech-savvy trailblazers who are equipped with the skills and confidence to succeed. But here's the thing: creating lasting change doesn't happen overnight. It takes dedication, perseverance, and a whole lot of grit. That's where this scholarship opportunity becomes more than just a financial lifeline—it becomes a symbol of hope, a reminder that with a little bit of support, anything is possible. But my vision extends beyond the confines of a classroom or a boardroom. I envision myself actively engaging with my community, volunteering my time and expertise to mentor aspiring technologists, advocate for diversity and inclusion, and contribute to initiatives that address pressing societal challenges. But here's the kicker: making a lasting impact requires more than just good intentions—it requires action, determination, and a whole lot of heart. That's where this scholarship opportunity becomes my secret weapon, empowering me to shine my light and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
    Joanne Pransky Celebration of Women in Robotics
    In the resplendent kingdom of The Royal City, where sunbeams dance upon the glistening spires and whispers of magic linger in the air, a grand spectacle unfolds. Welcome to the dawn of the age of robotics, where the clinking of gears and whirring of machines create a symphony of innovation and wonder. As I stand upon the balcony of my enchanted tower, overlooking the bustling streets below, I am not merely an observer of this extraordinary tale—I am a leading character, a sorceress of invention, fueled by a passion for discovery and a flair for the dramatic. But let us rewind the tapestry of time to a time before the rise of robots, to the tumultuous era when I, a humble homeschooling enchantress, sought to balance the duties of raising five royal heirs with my own quest for knowledge and adventure. It was a saga filled with challenges and triumphs, but through it all, my spirit remained unyielding, my determination unwavering. Armed with the arcane wisdom of computer science and information technology, I delved deep into the realm of robotics, eager to unlock its secrets and wield its power for the betterment of The Royal City. But like any great quest, the path was fraught with obstacles. One of the greatest challenges we faced was ensuring that the magic of robotics remained accessible to all denizens of The Royal City, regardless of birthright or status. In a realm where technology held the key to prosperity, it was imperative that no citizen be left behind. And so, I embarked on a quest to level the playing field, to empower the common folk with the tools and knowledge they needed to harness the power of technology. Drawing inspiration from the legendary tales of heroes past, I dedicated myself to bridging the digital divide and championing access to technology education for all. Through grand feasts of knowledge, dazzling displays of innovation, and the occasional burst of pyrotechnics (because who doesn't love a good fireball?), I endeavored to ignite the spark of curiosity in the hearts of every citizen. But robotics was not merely a matter of accessibility—it was also a question of ethics. In the hallowed halls of The Royal City, debates raged over the moral implications of our mechanical companions. How could we ensure that robots were used for noble endeavors, rather than falling into the clutches of darkness? As a sorceress of innovation, I grappled with these questions day and night, weaving spells of wisdom and conjuring visions of a brighter future. And as the sun dipped below the horizon, casting its golden glow upon The Royal City, I knew that our journey was far from over. For in a world where robotics held the key to unlocking untold wonders, the adventures that lay ahead were boundless. And as a woman of excellence, a homeschooling sorceress turned robotic pioneer, I was ready to face them head-on, armed with nothing but my wit, my wisdom, and a dash of royal charm. In the near future, robotics presents both unprecedented opportunities and daunting challenges for The Royal City and beyond. On one hand, the advent of robotic technology promises to revolutionize industries, enhance productivity, and improve quality of life for all citizens. From automated factories to self-driving carriages, the potential applications of robotics are as vast as the kingdom itself. However, with great power comes great responsibility, and the rise of robotics also brings forth a host of ethical, social, and economic dilemmas. As we integrate robots into our daily lives, we must grapple with questions of job displacement, privacy concerns, and the ethical implications of autonomous decision-making. Furthermore, as robotics becomes increasingly sophisticated, there is a growing need for stringent regulations and standards to ensure the safety, security, and ethical use of these technologies. From data protection to algorithmic bias, addressing these challenges will require a concerted effort from policymakers, technologists, and society at large. But amidst the challenges, there is also hope. With the right approach, robotics has the potential to transform our world for the better, creating new opportunities for innovation, economic growth, and social progress. By harnessing the power of technology for the greater good, we can build a brighter future for generations to come. And so, as the sun sets on another day in The Royal City, I remain steadfast in my commitment to shaping the future of robotics. With courage, creativity, and a sprinkle of royal charm, I will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible, forging a path towards a world where robots and humans coexist in harmony, side by side.
    Ward Green Scholarship for the Arts & Sciences
    In the whirlwind of homeschooling five kids and diving headfirst into the dazzling world of technology, I've embraced the chaos with flair and determination. Picture this: laptops flying like confetti, textbooks doubling as coasters, and the faint sound of math problems echoing through the halls like battle cries. But amidst the chaos, there's a spark—a flicker of inspiration that propels me forward on my journey. Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room—or should I say, the homeschooling mammoth? Balancing family, education, and career dreams is like trying to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. It's a wild ride, but hey, who doesn't love a good challenge? In November 2023, I snagged a golden ticket to the honor society, earning me a certificate and a suspiciously large cake. It was like winning the academic Olympics, complete with victory dances and high-fives all around. And in January 2025, I joined WiCys and ISACA, not just for the fancy badges (though those are pretty cool), but to surround myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who share my love for shaking things up. But let's get real for a moment. This journey isn't all sunshine and rainbows. It comes with its fair share of challenges—financial hurdles being one of them. That's where this scholarship swoops in like a knight in shining armor, ready to rescue me from the evil clutches of student debt. With a little financial assistance, I can focus on my studies without the constant nagging worry of how to pay for it all. It's like a weight lifted off my shoulders, leaving me free to chase my dreams with reckless abandon. Now, let's talk about my greatest accomplishment to date: successfully homeschooling my five children while pursuing my own education and career goals. It's been a wild ride, filled with laughter, tears, and the occasional science experiment gone wrong (note to self: baking soda and vinegar do not mix well with kitchen appliances). But through it all, I've remained steadfast in my determination to succeed, proving that with a little bit of grit and a whole lot of coffee, anything is possible. As for the Black woman who has inspired me, I find myself drawn to the indomitable spirit of Mae Jemison—the first Black woman to travel to space. Her fearlessness, intellect, and unwavering commitment to breaking barriers serve as a beacon of inspiration for me. In her footsteps, I aspire to defy expectations, push boundaries, and reach for the stars in my own journey. Whether it's advocating for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry or mentoring the next generation of STEM trailblazers, I'm determined to honor her legacy by making a meaningful impact in my community and beyond. Looking to the future, I plan to study computer science and information technology. With this knowledge, I foresee myself using what I learn to benefit my community at large by bridging the digital divide and promoting access to technology education. Through initiatives such as developing educational programs, hosting workshops, and providing resources, I aim to empower individuals from all backgrounds to acquire the skills needed to thrive in the digital age. By fostering a more inclusive and equitable tech ecosystem, I hope to contribute to the socio-economic development of my community and pave the way for a brighter future for all.
    Let Your Light Shine Scholarship
    In the whirlwind of homeschooling five kids and diving headfirst into the dazzling world of technology, I've embraced the chaos with flair and determination. Picture this: laptops flying like confetti, textbooks doubling as coasters, and the faint sound of math problems echoing through the halls like battle cries. But amidst the chaos, there's a spark—a flicker of inspiration that propels me forward on my journey. Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room—or should I say, the homeschooling mammoth? Balancing family, education, and career dreams is like trying to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. It's a wild ride, but hey, who doesn't love a good challenge? In November 2023, I snagged a golden ticket to the honor society, earning me a certificate and a suspiciously large cake. It was like winning the academic Olympics, complete with victory dances and high-fives all around. And in January 2025, I joined WiCys and ISACA, not just for the fancy badges (though those are pretty cool), but to surround myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who share my love for shaking things up. But let's get real for a moment. This journey isn't all sunshine and rainbows. It comes with its fair share of challenges—financial hurdles being one of them. That's where this scholarship swoops in like a knight in shining armor, ready to rescue me from the evil clutches of student debt. With a little financial assistance, I can focus on my studies without the constant nagging worry of how to pay for it all. It's like a weight lifted off my shoulders, leaving me free to chase my dreams with reckless abandon. Now, let's talk about my greatest accomplishment to date: successfully homeschooling my five children while pursuing my own education and career goals. It's been a wild ride, filled with laughter, tears, and the occasional science experiment gone wrong (note to self: baking soda and vinegar do not mix well with kitchen appliances). But through it all, I've remained steadfast in my determination to succeed, proving that with a little bit of grit and a whole lot of coffee, anything is possible. As for the Black woman who has inspired me, I find myself drawn to the indomitable spirit of Mae Jemison—the first Black woman to travel to space. Her fearlessness, intellect, and unwavering commitment to breaking barriers serve as a beacon of inspiration for me. In her footsteps, I aspire to defy expectations, push boundaries, and reach for the stars in my own journey. Whether it's advocating for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry or mentoring the next generation of STEM trailblazers, I'm determined to honor her legacy by making a meaningful impact in my community and beyond. Looking to the future, I plan to create a lasting legacy through the establishment of a STEM academy. This academy will serve as a beacon of opportunity for aspiring tech enthusiasts, providing certification training and reimbursement assistance to help them kickstart their careers in the field. By bridging the gap between education and industry, I hope to empower individuals from all walks of life to pursue their passions and thrive in the world of technology. Through this endeavor, I aim to shine my light by illuminating pathways to success and opening doors of opportunity for future generations.
    C.L. Scholarship of Black Women in Engineering
    In the whirlwind of homeschooling five kids and diving headfirst into the dazzling world of technology, I've embraced the chaos with flair and determination. Picture this: laptops flying like confetti, textbooks doubling as coasters, and the faint sound of math problems echoing through the halls like battle cries. But amidst the chaos, there's a spark—a flicker of inspiration that propels me forward on my journey. Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room—or should I say, the homeschooling mammoth? Balancing family, education, and career dreams is like trying to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. It's a wild ride, but hey, who doesn't love a good challenge? In November 2023, I snagged a golden ticket to the honor society, earning me a certificate and a suspiciously large cake. It was like winning the academic Olympics, complete with victory dances and high-fives all around. And in January 2025, I joined WiCys and ISACA, not just for the fancy badges (though those are pretty cool), but to surround myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who share my love for shaking things up. But let's get real for a moment. This journey isn't all sunshine and rainbows. It comes with its fair share of challenges—financial hurdles being one of them. That's where this scholarship swoops in like a knight in shining armor, ready to rescue me from the evil clutches of student debt. With a little financial assistance, I can focus on my studies without the constant nagging worry of how to pay for it all. It's like a weight lifted off my shoulders, leaving me free to chase my dreams with reckless abandon. Now, let's talk about my greatest accomplishment to date: successfully homeschooling my five children while pursuing my own education and career goals. It's been a wild ride, filled with laughter, tears, and the occasional science experiment gone wrong (note to self: baking soda and vinegar do not mix well with kitchen appliances). But through it all, I've remained steadfast in my determination to succeed, proving that with a little bit of grit and a whole lot of coffee, anything is possible. As for the Black woman who has inspired me, I find myself drawn to the indomitable spirit of Mae Jemison—the first Black woman to travel to space. Her fearlessness, intellect, and unwavering commitment to breaking barriers serve as a beacon of inspiration for me. In her footsteps, I aspire to defy expectations, push boundaries, and reach for the stars in my own journey. Whether it's advocating for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry or mentoring the next generation of STEM trailblazers, I'm determined to honor her legacy by making a meaningful impact in my community and beyond.
    CATALYSTS Scholarship
    In the whirlwind of homeschooling five kids and pursuing my passion for technology, I've become a master juggler—think laptops flying like confetti and math problems echoing through the halls like battle cries. But hey, who needs a circus when you've got a full-blown homeschooling extravaganza? In November 2023, I snagged a golden ticket to the honor society, earning me a certificate and a suspiciously large cake. It was like winning the academic Olympics, complete with victory dances and high-fives all around. And in January 2025, I joined WiCys and ISACA, not just for the fancy badges (though those are pretty cool), but to surround myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who share my love for shaking things up. As a sophomore diving headfirst into the wild world of computer science and information technology, I'm on the brink of unlocking new adventures. But beyond snagging a degree, my mission is to become a superhero for women in STEM, busting stereotypes and inspiring the next generation of tech-savvy wonder women. Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room—or should I say, the homeschooling mammoth? Balancing family, education, and career dreams is like trying to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. It's a wild ride, but hey, who doesn't love a good challenge? But let's get real for a moment. This journey isn't all sunshine and rainbows. It comes with its fair share of challenges—financial hurdles being one of them. That's where this scholarship swoops in like a knight in shining armor, ready to rescue me from the evil clutches of student debt. With a little financial assistance, I can focus on my studies without the constant nagging worry of how to pay for it all. It's like a weight lifted off my shoulders, leaving me free to chase my dreams with reckless abandon. Now, let's talk about my greatest accomplishment to date: successfully homeschooling my five children while pursuing my own education and career goals. It's been a wild ride, filled with laughter, tears, and the occasional science experiment gone wrong (note to self: baking soda and vinegar do not mix well with kitchen appliances). But through it all, I've remained steadfast in my determination to succeed, proving that with a little bit of grit and a whole lot of coffee, anything is possible. As for my plans for sustained community involvement post-college? Picture this: a world where women in STEM are celebrated, supported, and encouraged to chase their dreams with reckless abandon. Whether it's mentoring aspiring tech wizards, advocating for diversity and inclusion, or simply spreading joy through the power of laughter, I'm determined to make a lasting impact in my community and beyond. So, who's ready to join me on this epic adventure?
    Marie Jean Baptiste Memorial Scholarship
    In the whirlwind of homeschooling five kids and pursuing my passion for technology, I've become a master juggler—think laptops flying like confetti and math problems echoing through the halls like battle cries. But hey, who needs a circus when you've got a full-blown homeschooling extravaganza? In November 2023, I snagged a golden ticket to the honor society, earning me a certificate and a suspiciously large cake. It was like winning the academic Olympics, complete with victory dances and high-fives all around. And in January 2025, I joined WiCys and ISACA, not just for the fancy badges (though those are pretty cool), but to surround myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who share my love for shaking things up. As a sophomore diving headfirst into the wild world of computer science and information technology, I'm on the brink of unlocking new adventures. But beyond snagging a degree, my mission is to become a superhero for women in STEM, busting stereotypes and inspiring the next generation of tech-savvy wonder women. Now, let's talk about the elephant in the room—or should I say, the homeschooling mammoth? Balancing family, education, and career dreams is like trying to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle on a tightrope. It's a wild ride, but hey, who doesn't love a good challenge? But let's get real for a moment. This journey isn't all sunshine and rainbows. It comes with its fair share of challenges—financial hurdles being one of them. That's where this scholarship swoops in like a knight in shining armor, ready to rescue me from the evil clutches of student debt. With a little financial assistance, I can focus on my studies without the constant nagging worry of how to pay for it all. It's like a weight lifted off my shoulders, leaving me free to chase my dreams with reckless abandon. Now, let's talk about my greatest accomplishment to date: successfully homeschooling my five children while pursuing my own education and career goals. It's been a wild ride, filled with laughter, tears, and the occasional science experiment gone wrong (note to self: baking soda and vinegar do not mix well with kitchen appliances). But through it all, I've remained steadfast in my determination to succeed, proving that with a little bit of grit and a whole lot of coffee, anything is possible. As for my plans for sustained community involvement post-college? Picture this: a world where women in STEM are celebrated, supported, and encouraged to chase their dreams with reckless abandon. Whether it's mentoring aspiring tech wizards, advocating for diversity and inclusion, or simply spreading joy through the power of laughter, I'm determined to make a lasting impact in my community and beyond. So, who's ready to join me on this epic adventure?
    Sheniqua Bisor Woman of Excellence Scholarship
    Winner
    Ah, the tale of a homeschooling superheroine—yours truly—navigating the wilds of technology, family, and the occasional runaway science experiment. As I reflect on my social identities, particularly as a woman, I realize that I embody excellence through a perfect blend of resilience, determination, and a knack for turning chaos into comedy. Picture this: a whirlwind of laptops, textbooks, and the faint sound of math problems echoing through the halls. That's my life as a homeschooling mom to five—yes, five—energetic kiddos. But fear not, dear reader, for I am not one to shy away from a challenge. Oh no, I thrive in the midst of chaos, armed with coffee (and perhaps a sprinkle of fairy dust) to fuel my superhero antics. In the grand tapestry of my life, homeschooling my children has been both a wild adventure and a crash course in multitasking. From deciphering algebraic equations to decoding the periodic table, I've become a master of all trades—and the occasional circus act. Who needs a juggling routine when you have five kids and a mountain of textbooks to wrangle? But amidst the chaos, there's a silver lining: a chance to champion local homeschooling initiatives and spark a love of learning in young minds. Whether it's organizing co-op classes, orchestrating field trips, or conducting science experiments that occasionally end in explosions (oops), I'm on a mission to make homeschooling an unforgettable adventure for my little scholars. Now, let's talk about resilience. In November 2023, my dedication to academic excellence was recognized with induction into the honor society. Cue the confetti and the suspiciously large cake! As I stood on stage, clutching my certificate with pride, I couldn't help but think, "I did it! I'm officially a card-carrying member of the Brainy Brigade!" But wait, there's more! In January 2025, I joined not one, but two prestigious organizations: WiCys and ISACA. It wasn't just about adding fancy acronyms to my resume (though that was a nice bonus); it was about surrounding myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who shared my passion for making waves in the industry. Plus, the swag bags weren't too shabby either. Now, let's fast forward to the present—or should I say, the future? As a sophomore pursuing an associate of science in computer science and information technology, I'm on the brink of unlocking the next level of my tech adventure. But why stop there? Oh no, this isn't just about earning a fancy title—it's about paving the way for future generations of tech-savvy trailblazers, particularly women who, like me, dare to defy expectations and dive headfirst into the male-dominated world of STEM. But enough about me—let's talk about my plans after graduating from college. Picture this: a role where I can blend my technical expertise with my passion for mentoring and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Whether it's leading innovative projects, spearheading educational initiatives, or breaking down barriers for underrepresented groups, I'm determined to make a meaningful impact wherever I go. Now, let's switch gears and dive into my greatest accomplishment to date. Drumroll, please! My greatest accomplishment? Successfully homeschooling my five children while pursuing my education and career goals. Despite facing the challenges of balancing family responsibilities with academic and professional pursuits, I've remained resilient and focused on my goals. This journey has not only strengthened my character but also reaffirmed my belief in the power of perseverance and determination. In summary, as a woman of excellence, I draw upon my diverse background, lived experiences, and commitment to family and community to drive my pursuit of a career in technology. Through empathy, leadership, and a dedication to making a difference, I aspire to leave a lasting impact on both my community and the tech industry as a whole.
    Chris Jackson Computer Science Education Scholarship
    Once upon a time, I found myself in a bit of a pickle when my technical onboarding manager role got outsourced faster than you can say "Ctrl+Alt+Delete." But I'm not one to back down from a challenge. Oh no, I'm a master juggler, balancing professional woes with the chaos of raising five homeschooling kiddos. It's like a sitcom around here, complete with laptops scattered like confetti and math problems echoing through the halls. But amidst the chaos, I found a silver lining: a chance to champion local homeschooling initiatives. Armed with coffee (and perhaps a bit of magic), I dove headfirst into organizing co-op classes, field trips, and science experiments that occasionally ended in explosions (but hey, that's science for you). In November 2023, my dedication to academic excellence was rewarded with induction into the honor society. It was a momentous occasion, marked by pomp, circumstance, and a suspiciously large cake. As I stood on stage, clutching my certificate with pride, I couldn't help but think, "I did it! I'm officially a card-carrying member of the Brainy Brigade!" Buoyed by this newfound recognition, I set my sights even higher. In January 2025, I joined not one, but two prestigious organizations: WiCys and ISACA. It wasn't just about adding fancy acronyms to my resume (though that was a nice bonus); it was about surrounding myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who shared my passion for making waves in the industry. Now, here's where things get really exciting. Fueled by caffeine and a relentless drive to shake things up, I'm currently a sophomore pursuing an associate of science in computer science and information technology. But why stop there? Oh no, this isn't just about earning a fancy title—it's about paving the way for future generations of tech-savvy trailblazers, particularly women who, like me, dare to defy expectations and dive headfirst into the male-dominated world of STEM. As for my dream job after receiving my degree? Picture this: a role where I can blend my technical expertise with my passion for mentoring and advocating for diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Whether it's leading innovative projects, spearheading educational initiatives, or breaking down barriers for underrepresented groups, I'm determined to make a meaningful impact wherever I go. Now, why do I feel I'm the best candidate for receiving this scholarship? Simple: because I'm not just in it for myself. I'm on a mission to shatter stereotypes, challenge the status quo, and pave the way for future generations of tech talent. With this scholarship, I'll have the resources and support I need to continue blazing trails, breaking barriers, and leaving my mark on the world—one line of code at a time.
    Text-Em-All Founders Scholarship
    Once upon a time, I found myself in a bit of a pickle when my technical onboarding manager role got outsourced faster than you can say "Ctrl+Alt+Delete." But I'm not one to back down from a challenge. Oh no, I'm a master juggler, balancing professional woes with the chaos of raising five homeschooling kiddos. It's like a sitcom around here, complete with laptops scattered like confetti and math problems echoing through the halls. But amidst the chaos, I found a silver lining: a chance to champion local homeschooling initiatives. Armed with coffee (and perhaps a bit of magic), I dove headfirst into organizing co-op classes, field trips, and science experiments that occasionally ended in explosions (but hey, that's science for you). In November 2023, my dedication to academic excellence was rewarded with induction into the honor society. It was a momentous occasion, marked by pomp, circumstance, and a suspiciously large cake. As I stood on stage, clutching my certificate with pride, I couldn't help but think, "I did it! I'm officially a card-carrying member of the Brainy Brigade!" Buoyed by this newfound recognition, I set my sights even higher. In January 2025, I joined not one, but two prestigious organizations: WiCys and ISACA. It wasn't just about adding fancy acronyms to my resume (though that was a nice bonus); it was about surrounding myself with fellow tech enthusiasts who shared my passion for making waves in the industry. Now, here's where things get really exciting. Fueled by caffeine and a relentless drive to shake things up, I'm currently a sophomore pursuing an associate of science in computer science and information technology. But why stop there? Oh no, this isn't just about earning a fancy title—it's about paving the way for future generations of tech-savvy trailblazers, particularly women who, like me, dare to defy expectations and dive headfirst into the male-dominated world of STEM. And then, just when it seemed like my journey couldn't get any more epic, fate intervened in the form of a scholarship. It wasn't just any scholarship, mind you—it was a golden ticket to academic freedom, a green light to pursue my dreams without the pesky burden of financial constraints. Armed with knowledge, experience, and an arsenal of dad jokes (hey, you try homeschooling five kids without a few puns up your sleeve), I'm determined to leave my mark on the world, one line of code at a time. Whether I'm mentoring aspiring tech wizards, advocating for diversity and inclusion, or simply spreading joy through the power of laughter, I'm determined to leave my mark on the world. And so, dear reader, my story comes to a close—but fear not, for this is just the beginning of my epic adventure. Who knows what the future holds? One thing's for sure: wherever I go, I'll be armed with grit, guts, and a whole lot of gusto. And hey, maybe a spare calculator or two, just in case.