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Ryan Church Awarded STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship

We are proud to award multiple STEM Premier scholarships each year. We understand the critical importance of financial aid, and seek to help our students as they pursue their academic and professional dreams. 

The STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship - awarded quarterly - asks students to provide their best answer to a certain question. The student with the most impressive, unique, or intriguing answer is selected as the winner. 

This time around, we asked applicants to submit their best answer to the following question: Describe a teacher or course that drew your interest to a certain STEM career or area of study.

Although we had many fantastic applicants, we could only choose one. And so we are pleased to announce Ryan Church from North Carolina as our most recent Dashboard Scholar!

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Ryan recently graduated from John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC where he was extremely active in his chapter of HOSA - Future Health Professionals; as a senior, he was also elected President of his chapter. He was voted captain of his soccer team twice, and helped lead his teammates to back-to-back conference titles. He will be enrolling at the University of South Carolina this fall.   

We caught up with Ryan for a little Q & A so we could get to know him a little better. Here’s what he had to say:                                                                    

1. Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I love thrift shopping and most of my shirts are from thrift stores.

2. For fun, I like to...play soccer and go to the beach with friends.

3. Two people I wish I could meet are...Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Bob Ross because I love their shows and I feel like they both have lots of knowledge and interesting life advice to share.

4. The best teachers I've ever had were...Mrs. Coston and Mr. Terzian. Both of them were great and gave me the passion to pursue biology in college and as a career.

5. The last app I downloaded on my phone was...the University of South Carolina app, because I love my future school.

6. After high school, my next step is...to attend the University of South Carolina to study biology.

7. In ten years, I see myself...either in dental school or pursuing a biological research career.

8. My greatest dream is...to spend my days in a lab working to discover new things that will benefit the world.

9. The thing I like the most about STEM Premier is...that it connected me with many scholarship opportunities and gave me the chance to get myself out there and be rewarded for my hard work.

As part of his scholarship, Ryan will also be awarded the exclusive STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship Digital Badge. 

Congratulations Ryan, good luck as you begin your college career. Go Gamecocks!

STEM Premier iShine Scholarship Spotlight: Julia Holt

Several times each year, we award the STEM Premier iShine Scholarship to one student who is using their profile to best showcase themselves and shine! We also pose a question for each student applicant to answer to the best of their ability.

This time, we asked applicants to submit a short video telling us why they deserve to win the iShine Scholarship and how the scholarship assistance will help them pursue their dreams.

As always, we had many excellent submissions, and we are proud STEM Premier’s newest iShine Scholar: Julia Holt from Orlando, Florida!

Julia is a highly-involved senior at Timber Creek High School passionate about the field of astronomy. She has been accepted by the University of Central Florida, where she intends to enroll next fall. Check out her video entry below:

We caught up with Julia so we could get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:

Something you wouldn't know about me is... that I'm VERY good at Just Dance (the Wii and Xbox game). My high scores have yet to be broken, and I have remained undefeated for almost 4 years.

For fun, I like to…. Relax. I'm a big fan of putting fun puzzles together. I enjoy watching movies, some of my favorites include Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Jurassic Park. And I really, really love to hike because I am so passionate about nature and the environment. These activities relieve a lot of my stress.

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet… Eleanor Roosevelt. My dad told me all the time when I was growing up "no one can make you feel inferior without your own consent" which is a famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. I would want to meet her and thank her for those words of wisdom, they have helped me on numerous occasions. I should probably also thank my dad!

The best teachers I’ve ever had were…. Mrs. Frandsen and Ms. Hubble. These two teachers opened my eyes to my personal potential. It is because of them that I have the courage to dream my dreams so big. I will forever be thankful for them and the ways in which they've helped me, whether they knew it or not.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was…. Word Cookies. It's sounds random, but it's actually very fun, and challenging. You have to make words out of letter-shaped cookies. I like to tell myself it's an educational app. :)

After high school, my next step is... to go to the University of Central Florida! I have been accepted and I plan to pursue a degree in Physics!

In ten years, I see myself…. earning my PhD in Physics and becoming an official Astronomer somewhere in Colorado (because I love the mountains).

My greatest dream is... to be alive to see plants on Mars.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most is... the way it "rates" your test scores. It's hard to find an exact answer to "what is a good score on the ACT/SAT?". The dashboard scales/color coats the scores (red/yellow/green), and it is actually very helpful in determining whether or not retaking the ACT or SAT is the best option, at least for me. :)

As the winner of the STEM Premier iShine Scholarship, Julia will receive $1000 as well as the STEM Premier iShine Scholarship Digital Badge. Congratulations Julia!

Our Latest Dashboard Scholarship Winner Announced

We are proud to award multiple STEM Premier scholarships each year. We understand the critical importance of financial aid, and seek to help our students as they pursue their academic and professional dreams. 

The STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship - awarded quarterly - asks students to provide their best answer to a certain question. The student with the most impressive, unique, or intriguing answer is selected as the winner. 

This time around, we asked applicants to submit their best answer to the following question: What kind of technology do you think will make the biggest impact in the next decade and why?

We had many fantastic applicants, and we are pleased to announce the winner...drumroll please…

Vy Le from Wichita, Kansas!

Vy is a sophomore at Northeast Magnet High School in Wichita interested in the field of medicine. Her college interests include Stanford, Harvard, the University of California-San Francisco, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the University of Kansas.    

We caught up with Vy for a little Q & A so we could get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:                                                                    

1. Something you wouldn't know about me is...that I love to listen to music (preferably classical/edm/kpop), but I don't have any specific artist/band as a favorite!

2. For fun, I like to...watch documentaries, cooking, or house design videos! I enjoy learning about history, watching people make food, or seeing someone design a house. Also, I love to learn new songs on the violin, whether it be modern music or classical, by just listening to the song!

3. If I could meet anyone in the world, I'd want to meet...Shinya Yamanaka! He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2012 for discovering that any mature cell has the genetic information to become a stem cell. This means a skin cell could be reprogrammed into a stem cell, which could potentially become any cell in the organism. This is super important (and cool) because any damaged organ or limb can be regrown with the same genetic information as the rest of the body!

4. The best teacher I've ever had was...I don't think I could just say one teacher. All of my teachers have been amazing and have done their job wonderfully! I've come to realize that teachers work super hard to educate students, and I appreciate all of my teachers' effort and hard work to succeed in doing so!

5. The last app I downloaded on my phone was..."Pocket Anatomy"! My sister had told me about it and I was quite interested because I figured it would be very helpful for me since I take a "human body systems" class! I'm still exploring the app, but I love how it lets you choose how much is on the body, like which layer you want to see (muscles, nerves, bone, etc).

6. After high school, my next step is...to go to a university! I don't know exactly what I intend to be at this time, but I know I want to help people medically, and so I will most likely major in something like biology!

7. In ten years, I see myself...graduating medical school with a M.D, starting my training to get a Ph.D!

8. My greatest dream is...for medical assistance to be available to everyone who needs it. I believe everyone should be able to get medical help if they need it. Money seems to be the biggest issue, but with the help of many charities and volunteers, we can all move a step further into making this dream a reality!

9. The thing I like the most about STEM Premier is...that it helps students organize everything in one account! Students can easily put down all the information they want colleges to know, such as experiences, achievements, and test scores. They can also share their profile with anyone, so it is way more efficient way than having to try and retype every achievement each time they might need to showcase their work! I guess you could say its organization skills are on point! :)

As part of her scholarship, Vy will also be awarded the exclusive STEM Premier Dashboard Scholarship Digital Badge. 

Congratulations Vy! We have no doubt that you will make a big difference in medicine one day. Maybe even win your own Nobel Peace Prize! 

STEM Premier Announces Recent iShine Scholarship Winner

As some of you may know, we put out a scholarship a few times a year called the STEM Premier iShine Scholarship. The idea is for students to show us how you use they use their STEM Premier digital profile to best showcase themselves and shine - Experiences, coursework, videos, projects - everything that sets them apart are put front and center!

This time around, we asked applicants to submit a short video answering the question: STEM careers have grown over the last 20 years. Jobs, tools, technology makes the future possibilities endless. This being said, how do you envision your role in the STEM future of our society? 

We had many fantastic applicants, and we are pleased to announce the winner...drumroll please...

                                  Lyndi Kiple from Sergeant Bluff, Iowa!

Lyndi is a rising senior at Sergeant Bluff-Luton Senior High School interested in the field of chemistry. Her college interests include the University of Iowa, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and MIT. Check out her video entry below:

We caught up with Lyndi for a little Q & A so we could get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say:

1. Something you wouldn't know about me is... I have a collection of stuffed dolphins and other dolphin knickknack like key chains and lights. I've been kind of obsessed with them since about 2009. I wanted to be a marine biologist (and still do sometimes).

2. For fun, I like to…. Cook, bake, travel, and dance. Most of my free time is taken up by all the activities I'm involved in, like the dance team, cheerleading, band, quiz bowl, and serving as president of the student council. I keep pretty busy, but I enjoy all of it.

3. If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meet… Taylor Swift. She is so talented, and seems to do such an impressive job handling her fame while remaining down to earth. I want to know if she's like that in person.

4. The best teacher I’ve ever had is…. My chemistry teacher, Mr. Zahner. He is so passionate and knowledgeable about what he teaches, it makes me excited to learn more.

5. The last app I downloaded on my phone was…. Dish Anywhere so I can keep up with my favorite shows (The Bachelorette and Next Food Network Star) while I'm traveling.

6. After high school, my next step is... To attend a four-year college to pursue a degree in Chemistry and possibly a minor in Spanish, communications, or museum studies. I have a lot of diverse interests!

7. In ten years, I see myself…. living in downtown Chicago with my husband and working a steady job at a lab that is conducting research to help solve problems for people, like making food healthier and with less preservatives.

8. My greatest dream is... To be genuinely happy. I measure my success by happiness, so I would love to say I've worked hard to get myself to a place in life where I'm genuinely happy.

9. The thing I like about STEM Premier most is... It gives me the opportunity to meet people and learn about colleges while showing them who I am, all in one spot. It make the college search a little less overwhelming.

As the winner of the STEM Premier iShine Scholarship, Lyndi will receive $500 as well as the STEM Premier iShine Scholarship Digital Badge. Congratulations Lyndi!