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Four Students Named 2015-17 GE Pathways to Success STEM Scholars (June 24, 2015)

Four promising high school graduates have received Pathways to Success in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships to pursue STEM-related majors during their college careers, the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) has announced. The $35,000 in scholarships is made possible by a grant from the GE Foundation.

The Pathways to Success in STEM Scholarship program is designed to increase the number of first-generation, low-income students who pursue a degree in STEM fields. Of the applicants, four were selected for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years based on criteria that included leadership and community service, academics, and intent to pursue a career in a STEM field. Scholars receive the first installment in the fall of their freshman year; the second year of funding is contingent upon meeting certain academic benchmarks, continuing their STEM-related course of study, and reporting their progress regularly to COE.

To be eligible, applicants must be a graduating high school senior with the intent to enroll in a two-year or four-year accredited non-profit college or university with a declared STEM major; (2) must have either participated in a federal TRIO program, GEAR UP, or GE/COE College Access Initiative, and (3) must be eligible for the Pell Grant, have a documented disability, or be the first person in their family to attend college. Applicants were recruited from the four sites Milwaukee, WI; Stamford, CT; Erie, PA; and Louisville, KY where GE and COE are working to increase the college-going rates of students in underperforming high schools.

Two of the recipients were also participants in the national GO College program, or the Gaining Options for College Collaborative. GO College is a national data-driven initiative that brings communities together to increase college access and success for low-income, first-generation, and minority students.

The 2015-17 GE STEM Scholars are:

  • Doris Boursiquot, an Upward Bound student from Stamford, CT, graduating from Stamford High School and planning to attend the University of Connecticut. She will pursue an engineering major at UConn.
  • Isaiah Ezemba, an Upward Bound Math/Science participant from Milwaukee, WI, who will graduate from Rufus King High School and attend Morehouse College in the fall. He plans to study biology at Morehouse.
  • Vu Le, a GO College participant from Erie, PA, who is graduating from East High School and will enroll in Rochester Institute of Technology this fall. He is planning to study electrical engineering with a possible minor in robotics.
  • Hem Mahat, a participant in GO College from Erie, PA, who will graduate from Strong Vincent High School and attend Pennsylvania State Behrend in the fall. He is planning to study aerospace engineering