4 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Throughout my life, I have seen education as a catalyst and a pathway to something greater even when I could not see where it was leading. This belief has been integral these past few years while perusing my degree here at the University of Maryland. I wholeheartedly believe in myself and my capability to succeed, but the thoughts of financing my education has made it difficult at times. This award indicates that people out there are aware of the work I have put in and believe in my ability to excel as I continue my pursuit to becoming an engineer; and for this I am incredibly grateful. This award will ease the strain on my family and I, and grant me peace of mind as I work toward my goals.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I choose the University of Maryland for a number of reasons. For starters, my mother raised my two brothers and I by herself so money was tight and I knew that I could not afford to attend a private or out-of-state school. Aside from that however, I knew that I wanted to do engineering and the A. James Clark School of Engineering is well renowned for the quality of education it provides. In addition, being so close to DC and Baltimore provides amazing opportunities for work after graduation and my degree is sure to make me an assest wherever my path takes me. When considering everything, it was clear UMD was the perfect fit for me; it was the only school I applied to!
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am currently a Senior; my expected graduation date is December 2015.
What is your Hometown?
I was born and raised not too far outside of Baltimore in Eldersburg, MD.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
In my free time I enjoy playing sports, exploring new music, and hanging out with my friends. I consider myself lucky to be be here at UMD and so close to home. I am grateful for my amazing mother who comes down to visit me every few weeks and my best friends Nick and Anthony whom I have known since 4th grade and live with here. I consider these people my family, and without them I would not be where I am today.