The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced the recipients of the Authority’s 2019 Diversity Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Scholarships. This year’s two $3,000 scholarships were awarded to Juanita Marfo of South High Community School in Worcester and Kate Martinez of Excel Academy Charter School in East Boston.
“There is a very strong need for young people in the STEM workforce and it is important that we encourage the next generation to pursue education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “We wish the best to our award recipients and hope these scholarships provide more opportunities for students to explore STEM careers in the future.”
The scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school students who have been accepted to an accredited college or university and have shown an interest in pursuing a degree in STEM that could be utilized in the transportation industry. The students must also be involved in community service. Both of this year’s scholarship recipients have exhibited academic excellence and have proven commitment to civic engagement.
Marfo will be attending the University of Hartford in Connecticut. During high school, she maintained a strong interest in the sciences and was involved in the Black Student Council, College Success Institute and Community Service Learning. Marfo also volunteered with Andy’s Attic, a non-profit business that provides clothes to those in need across Worcester County.
Martinez will be attending Bridgewater State University. She is passionate about aviation and was accepted into the University’s Aviation Management Program. While attending high school, Martinez worked and volunteered at the East Boston YMCA in various positions including fundraising, project management and program development.
To be considered for the Diversity STEM Scholarship, graduating seniors must be:
· A resident or school attendee of a neighboring community of Massport;
· A minority;
· A high school senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
· Accepted to an accredited college or university;
· Involved in community service;
· Interested in pursuing a degree that could be utilized in the transportation industry, including: Aviation, Business Administration, Accounting, Architecture, Engineering, Finance, and Human Resources.
Students must submit an application and an essay describing their career interests, or how community service has affected their outlook on life. The winners are selected by the Diversity STEM Scholarship Committee comprised of Massport employees from various departments.