Congratulations to Deandra Chetram, recent graduate of Charles W. Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, for being one of four graduating high school seniors in the nation named recipients of the 2014 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship by the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS). Deandra was selected from several hundred applicants nationwide for her academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement.
The scholarship program was created by former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., the first African-American to walk in space, and ExxonMobil to help underrepresented students pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and to increase diversity in the STEM workforce.
The awards are given annually to African-American and Hispanic seniors from high schools in the 67 urban school districts represented by CGCS.
Deandra, along with the other scholars, will receive $5,000 for continued education in a STEM-related field. In the fall, she will attend the University of Florida to study biology.
“These scholarships create a launching pad for talented students to pursue postsecondary studies and careers in the challenging STEM fields,” said Michael Casserly, executive director, Council of the Great City Schools. “With the generous support of ExxonMobil and Dr. Harris, these young men and women have an opportunity to reach the stars and become innovators and leaders of tomorrow.”
“Our country is driven by our ability to create and develop the most advanced technologies and solutions,” said Dr. Harris. “Engineers and scientists are the catalysts, and by providing these scholarships, we are planting seeds in minds of these bright young students, especially those from diverse backgrounds, to support their interest in the exciting and rewarding careers in STEM.”
Administration of the scholarship program, including the application process, pre-selection and presentation of awards is provided by the CGCS. Dr. Harris participates in the final selection of the recipients.
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