1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I was extremely proud of the Engineering Design team that I led back in the keystone course ENES100. We were tasked with designing and implementing an autonomous over-sand vehicle which was to navigate terrain report landscape features back to command. I was team leader and head programmer, and it was a pleasure to work with bright-minded individuals with varying skill levels in a competitive environment. Our vehicle scored well in our section, and although stressful at times, I had a lot of fun and was very proud of our team dynamic and everything we accomplished in a short amount of time.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Growing up and through my early twenties, US figure skating was my life. I had always planned to go to college eventually, but when I was injured and forced to retire I had found myself short the funds required to pay for school myself. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities this scholarship represents, and thanks to the aid so generously offered I am able to pursue my passions in the fields of computers, programming, and electrical engineering.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I am acutely aware of the present threat to our nation and others in the form of cyber attacks, and I want my skills and knowledge to contribute to making all of us safer and more aware. I plan to collaborate with others to that end, either working with our state and federal government or possibly even starting my own computer security company one day in the private sector, with the hope that I can make the world safer from data theft, privacy breaches, and worse. I feel truly blessed by the generosity I experience by those around me every day and wish to do everything in my power to make a difference.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Computer Engineering Major in the Clark School of Engineering, with a focus in cybersecurity. I plan to graduate in the Spring of 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I have lived in Gambrills in Anne Arundel County Maryland for the majority of my life.