Congratulations to Western High School student Nicolas Pena, who is one of four high school seniors in the nation selected by the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) to receive the 2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship. The students were chosen from several hundred applicants across the country for their academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement. This is the second consecutive year that a senior from Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has been named one of the winners in this highly competitive national scholarship program.
Now in its sixth year, the scholarship was created by former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., the first African-American to walk in space, and ExxonMobil to assist and encourage promising students of diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies. The awards are given annually to African-American and Hispanic seniors from high schools in the 67 urban school districts represented by CGCS.
“These highly competitive scholarships provide an enormous opportunity for talented urban students to pursue STEM post-secondary studies and careers,” said Michael Casserly, executive director, Council of the Great City Schools. “The generous support of Dr. Harris and ExxonMobil contributes to the growth of these young men and women as they begin the next stage of their lives.”
Each scholar will receive $5,000 to continue his or her education in a STEM-related field. In the fall, Nicolas plans to study engineering at Stanford University in hopes of becoming an inventor and entrepreneur developing high-technology products.
“Technological advancements are making our world a better place every day, but in order to keep those achievements coming, we need creative and analytical minds in our workforce,” said Dr. Harris. “By providing these scholarships, we are growing another generation of strategic thinkers who will foster diversity in ideas, applications and products.”
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