Miss America Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Scholarship Recipients Announced
Five winners will participate in White House virtual “We The Geeks” hangout on STEM careers
Atlantic City – On Sunday, September 14, the Miss America Organization awarded five $5,000 scholarships to contestants pursuing education in STEM-related fields. Today, the Miss America Organization is pleased to announce that tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17 at 3:00pm ET, the White House will host the five STEM scholarship recipients for an episode of We the Geeks: Miss America. During the virtual hangout, all five recipients will share their stories from crowns to classrooms, discuss their own personal role models, and provide advice for the next generation of women in STEM. Viewers can join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks and can view the hangout by visiting http://ift.tt/1wAHakJ 2009, President Obama launched an “all-hands-on-deck effort” called Educate to Innovate to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in STEM education of the next decade.”This year, the Miss America Organization is proud to award scholarships to these five talented and accomplished young women who have dedicated their studies to pursuing STEM careers. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with the White House, and the five extraordinary scholars joining tomorrow’s event not only exemplify the next generation of women leaders in this country, but also serve to show young girls across America how bright their futures can be by committing to education. The Miss America Organization inspires leadership, scholarship, and achievement in young women, and we are the leading provider of college scholarships for women in America,” said Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization. “Our STEM initiative supports this important mission by encouraging young women to pursue opportunities in STEM fields, which not only help contribute to the greater public good, but also offer meaningful, long-lasting career opportunities.”
This year’s Miss America STEM scholarship winners are:
Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges: Maggie studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is working to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a double minor in pre-pharmacy and information technology. She hopes to one day work for a pharmaceutical company in information technology.
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn: Lauren graduated from Gonzaga University and now attends the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She plans to graduate from Harvard in 2017 with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), with an endodontic specialty.
Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson: Jessica studies at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and hopes to attend medical school and obtain a degree in dermatology.
Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart: Mackenzie attends the Ohio State University and hopes to obtain a master’s degree in atmospheric science and one day become a meteorologist.
Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards: Lucy is pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont and hopes to pursue medical school to become a neurosurgeon.
To be eligible to win a STEM scholarship award, state titleholders must be enrolled with a declared major field of study in science, technology, engineering, or math at a public or private two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. The five winners were selected from ten finalists who were invited to meet, discuss, and substantiate the importance of their studies to a judges’ panel. The 10 finalists for the award were announced during a visit to Washington, D.C., on September 2, and then met with officials from the office of First Lady Michelle Obama. Later all 53 contestants visited with top STEM officials at the Department of Education.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Dr. Jo Handelsmen and Dr. Danielle Carnival will moderate the Hangout, focused on encouraging more underrepresented groups such as women to pursue degrees and careers in these critical fields.
This year, the STEM scholarship program was funded by Gray Television and MomsEveryday.
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Source: Miss America