Given the current worldwide pandemic, STEM has become more relevant than ever. As an organization dedicated to increasing knowledge of STEM, it is imperative to invest in the future. Investing in young people can return huge dividends. Providing educational incentives and opportunities to recent high school graduates not only assists students financially, it also ensures the future of STEM. This year the chapter awarded four students with a $1,500 Lift-Off Scholarship.
Every year the applicants get stronger and more impressive. This year was no exception. The average GPA was 3.9, with an average ACT score of 29. Every applicant was a member of the National Honors Society and heavily involved with volunteer work in their community. Despite the intense competition, four applicants rose to the top. The Chapter's 2020 Lift-Off Scholarship award winners are: Trinity Buchanan, Ethan Haley, Nicholas Najar and Naiya Sims.
Trinity Buchanan is a graduate of South Oldham High School in Crestwood, Kentucky. She will attend the University of Kentucky and major in civil engineering. Trinity's career goal is to be an imaginer and design new structures for Disney.
Ethan Haley is a graduate of Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, Kentucky. He will attend the University of Louisville and major in astrophysics. Ethan enjoys the field of robotics and would like to eventually solve some of the mysteries in science today.
Nicholas Najar is a graduate of Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, Kentucky. He will attend Murray State University-Honors College and major in biological and biomedical sciences wildlife and conservation track. Nicholas' goal is to mix his love of science and the outdoors with studying wildlife to improve habitats.
Naiya Sims is a graduate of John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She will attend Western Kentucky University and major in biological and biomedical sciences. Naiya finds medicine an intriguing topic and hopes to become a medical doctor in the future.
Congratulations to our four 2020 Lift-Off Scholarship award winners. It was a very competitive field this year and these students certainly earned it.