Connect Future Leaders in Technology 2017
The Connect Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Savannah Buik.
"Live your truth."
- Savannah Buik
Congratulations to 2017’s Recipients
West Virginia Penn State University, Computer Science
Caroline Anderson is a first year computer science major at Pennsylvania State University Schreyers Honors College. Caroline’s interest in computer science sparked as a sophomore in high school while enrolled in an AP Computer Science class. Since then, her love for computer science has only continued to grow.
Caroline completed two summer internships at NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation facility creating a database to categorize potential hazards for critical NASA missions. During her junior and senior years of high school, she was a researcher at West Virginia University’s Human Computer Lab under Dr. Saiph Savage. In this lab, she volunteered for e-NABLE, a nonprofit organization that builds 3D printed prosthetic hands for children in need, where she guided high school campers to build 20 prosthetic devices. She also created the West Virginia University Statler College twitter bot @WVUStatlerBot that answers commonly asked questions for engineering students at West Virginia University.
In high school, Caroline served as the treasurer of both the National Honor Society and Interact Club, and has logged over 200 hours of community service. This summer (2018), she plans to research at Carnegie Mellon University's Human Computer Interaction Institute. Caroline is very excited to learn more about computer science and what area will allow her to best serve others. You can learn even more about Caroline at her website: carolineganderson.com.
University of Maryland College Park
Afe Addeh is a first-generation, African American student who has achieved many goals and accomplishments since she began her exploration into the field of computer science. In high school, she led her school's Cyber Patriot team to the “Top Three” in state competition for two years in a row. Afe also participated in the Congressional App Challenge since 2014 and won 3rd place for her app, Career Finder, in 2017.
During high school, Afe sought to inspire other female minority students to excel in STEM courses and activities. In 2016, Afe launched the first girl-prioritized club and the first computer programing club in her school: Girls Who Code. Afe will begin her first year in college at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she will major in computer science with a minor in computer graphics/animation.