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Council of the Great City Schools Names 2014 Math and Science Scholars
6/5/2014 1:56:39 PM

WASHINGTON, DC -- Four graduating high school seniors have been named recipients of the 2014 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship by the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), selected from several hundred applicants nationwide for their 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.

“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.”

Each scholar will receive $5,000 for continued education in a STEM-related field. This year’s award winners are:

• Deandra Chetram, Charles W. Flanagan High School, Pembroke Pines, FL, Broward County Public Schools;

• Bridgette LaFaye, Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, DC, District of Columbia Public Schools;

• Leonardo Sanchez-Noya, John A. Ferguson Senior High School, Miami, FL, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and,

• Ezra Zerihun, The Early College at Guilford, Greensboro, NC, Guilford County Public Schools.

In the fall, Ms. Chetram will attend the University of Florida to study biology. Ms. LaFaye is going to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue a career in materials science and engineering. Mr. Sanchez-Noya will study biomedical engineering at Yale University, and Mr. Zerihun plans to major in computer science at North Carolina State University.

“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 the 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.

Source via Black PR Newswire

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