WiTT Scholarship Winners 2011
Congratulations to Anh Pham and Lendsey Thicklin for being chosen to receive the Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) $2500 and $1000 college scholarship awards during the annual TWISTER conference.
$2500 WiTT Scholarship Award
Harvey Mudd College, majoring in Biomedical Engineering
The moment when I first squeezed the thick layer of fat covering a preserved human heart sparked my curiosity for how humans and even life in general related to science. Since I first held that first human heart, biology has always been my main interest throughout the course of my education, whether that education was within or outside of the classroom. (excerpt from essay)
Lendsey Breanna Thicklin
$1000 WiTT Scholarship Award
University of Tennessee – Knoxville, majoring in Biochemistry
A little sunlight, water and lots of love and your carrot seed will grow. As an inquisitive 1st grader, I quickly took such a phrase to heart. The miracle of planting a seed and watching it spring forth a delicate flower or delicious tomatoes gave me the idea to plant such a thing. One afternoon while munching on an apple, the same mystical phrase ran through my mind. Immediately I scrambled to gather a handful of red plastic cups, a bowlful of dirt and a pocketful of various seeds. The everyday wonders of life instigated curiosity in me; every facet of nature has a purpose teeming with mystery but it was often hard to extrapolate every meaningful characteristic with a limited knowledge base. (excerpt from essay)
$2500 Winner Courtney Roberts
Congratulations to Courtney Roberts for being chosen to receive the Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) $2500 college scholarship award during the annual TWISTER conference.
Courtney is now a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School in Davidson County. She is busy with lots of AP classes, as well as participating in many activities with her church youth group. She recently started her college search with Georgia Tech and Auburn University, as well as looking at many other technology based universities.
Courtney shared her passion for learning in her winning essay.
"If there is one thing I have learned from all my experiences, it is that we are limited only by the scope of our imaginations. Each task is only limited by the imagination of the designer. If we can do even just a large portion of what we are truly capable, instead of just what we think we are able to do, we would not believe what can be accomplished. I can only hope and try my best to keep my imagination open to anything, and ready to figure out the next big problem."
$1000 Winner Grace Johnson-Bann
Grace Johnson-Bann is on to college after completing her senior year at Hunters Lane High School. Grace was accepted to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Institute is considered to be the top undergraduate engineering program in the United States. She is currently pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in graphic design. This fall Grace will be playing for the NCAA women's tennis team, a sport she has been involved in since age 7. While at Hunters Lane High School, Grace earned an International Baccalaureate diploma entitling her to be exempt from some freshman college-level courses. During the summer of 2010 Grace continues her passion for helping others through work with the Youth Volunteer Corps and also as a lifeguard at Old Hickory Country Club.
Grace was inspired to pursue a career in science early in her life. She shares this experience in her winning essay.
"My love for science began in the first grade. Our class ventured to science twice a week for an hour and the first time I enjoyed the class was the day I spotted the incubator and asked what it was. Inside, there was a giant green egg with chicken eggs as company. The mysterious egg was that of an emu and I asked to hold it.
The whole class was mesmerized by the green egg and we held it like a baby. When the eggs hatched, we sent them to a farm, but were sent pictures of the chickens and the emu, to which we would forever have a maternal connection to. I wanted to be part of this nurturing process for the rest of my life."