May 11, 2006
Seagate awarded the scholarships to high- school students based on grade point average, financial need, community involvement and technical innovation/creativity. Applicants also submitted two essays - one about past school projects or extracurricular activities involving an innovative application of scientific principles, and one describing why they chose to study or chose to pursue careers in engineering.
In addition to meeting academic and financial criteria, returning sophomores submitted an essay describing how the college experience to date has confirmed or altered their career plans within the engineering field.
All applicants had a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
"These are bright and talented young students, and from our perspective, they're quite literally our future," said Seagate's Andy Davis, vice president of design engineering. "To the extent that we can help them realize their educational goals and future career objectives, we are helping our industry - and perhaps our company - secure the next generation of engineers. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing of their accomplishments."
The following are excerpts from essays written by the scholarship recipients.
David Joy, Niwot High School
"I have always loved the feeling that accompanies the first spinning of the gears...there is no wonder greater than the magic of creation, even when it fails. As a kid, there were times when my floor was an impenetrable mass of sharp plastic parts, and I was never happier."
Lynn Pruisner, Fairview High School
"For as long as I can remember, I have always known that I would ultimately work in a science and mathematical-related field. By the time I was a freshman, I knew I wanted a job that allowed me to create and invent new methods and products that could better the world around me, and I knew that engineering was the path to get there."
Everett Tafoya, Centaurus High School
"The absolute main reason that I choose to study engineering is because of the one teacher that has always believed in me, and who I've known since 6th grade at Angevine Middle School, Mrs. Wiant. She moved on to Centaurus High School with the pre-engineering program, and my friends and I, along with Mrs. Wiant, have grown together. She has had the biggest impact on my life."
Chelsea Goodman, Fairview High School
"I wanted to study something that combined my two interests: math and science, and I thought engineering would be the perfect field of study. I want to study aerospace or mechanical engineering because I am fascinated by how things work and move together as a system."
Kristen Anderson, 2005-'06 recipient
"My college experience has confirmed my plans because of the knowledge and experience I have gained through my courses and my extracurricular activities. When I learned more about what engineers do, I realized that it's truly the major for me. I learned that problem solving and group work is key in engineering."
Farheen Rizvi, 2005-'06 recipient
"Freshmen enter CU thinking, 'I am not prepared for this at all!' I realized that this though is just an imagination, which gave me the first reason to stand as an engineer: the fact that I believe in my capabilities. If MY best is not THE best, then I try to understand the problem and move toward improvement."
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