Partners is proud to announce our 2018 Partners Annual Scholarship Recipients! Congratulations to Shannon S. and Brian H., who will each receive a $10,000 award to put towards their education.
Shannon will be attending University of California, Davis in the fall, with a focus on Animal Sciences. She is an accomplished student, having taken six Advanced Placement classes, and is a member of numerous honor societies such as the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta National Mathematics Honor Society, and the National Science Honor Society. Shannon is passionate about community service, having logged over 1,700 hours with various volunteer groups, with a focus on helping special needs children and animals. In her own words, “what began as simple ‘volunteer opportunities’ quickly transformed into a love for serving others, and a level of human understanding I never thought possible.”
For the past two years, Shannon has been an intern at a veterinary hospital, which solidified her interest in becoming a veterinarian. “As part of my education, I plan to pursue research opportunities to study the benefits of animals collaborating with special needs children to enhance their treatment processes,” she explains, “I have a passion for exploring innovative methods in veterinary medicine, with a goal of helping both animals and special needs children. I am thrilled to be attending a university that is world renowned for both research and animal science. I could not be at a better place to begin this tremendously exciting journey toward my vision.”
Brian is also an accomplished student—he is an AP Scholar with honors and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation, a group that seeks to recognize students who possess high standards in academics. He is very involved in his community, volunteering his time at Habitat for Humanity, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and the Special Olympics. He is the cofounder of the Research and Development Club at his high school, and is also a member of the Investment Club, and the Robotics Club. This fall, Brian will be attending the University of Miami, where he hopes to conduct research on battery technologies in order to start up a company after college with his two good friends.
Brian is an avid entrepreneur and throughout high school, he and his friends worked on many innovative projects: they “built an arc welder from scratch, researched and developed zinc air and aluminum air batteries, developed an electric skateboard that could do 45 mph with a better battery and cheaper price than our only competitor, worked with Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, and raised just under $10,000 in crowdfunding on Kickstarter for our product, Carbonet Zero, a device that captures carbon emissions.”
In college, Brian and his friends hope to continue fostering their passion for cutting-edge technology, focusing their efforts on grid storage, which as Brian explains, “is the key to advancing the world’s use of renewable energy and will play a significant role in the development of our future here on earth.”
Congratulations again to Shannon and Brian! We wish all of our applicants the best of luck in their future educational endeavors.
Formerly authored by Sarah B. at Partners