Scholar Spotlight: Sagyan

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Congratulations to Sagyan, our Class of 2019 awardee of the CambridgeSeven STEAM Award as well as a CRLS Core Values Scholarship!  Sagyan is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he’ll be majoring in computer science:

“My passion for computer science has stemmed from the ability to be creative and resilient.  I want to become a software developer where I can apply my skills to developing solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.  I want to be able to create more sustainable solutions to environmental problems through the use of algorithms to track and mitigate ways that we humans are exploiting the Earth.  I believe that any problem can be solved through the use of technology, and computer science has been an outlet for me to use my creative thinking to come up with the most effective solutions to problems.  I have always loved business and entrepreneurship, and so by pursuing computer science in college I will have the skill set to innovate something that can be beneficial to the entire world.”

Scholars Spotlight: Sloane

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Congratulations to Sloane, our Class of 2019 awardee of the CRLS Core Values Scholarship Sponsored by the Class of 1953.  Sloane is enrolled at Skidmore College, where she’ll be studying neuroscience and sociology: 

“I want to become a scientific researcher and unravel the impacts of exercise on treating neurodegenerative disorders.  The correlation between increased physical activity and cognitive function, focus, and mood has the potential to naturally prevent and possibly treat many mental illnesses and neurological diseases; and I am eager to discover the true extent exercise impacts the brain.  While the intersection of the brain and exercise is my passion, sociology has long been a field that fascinates me and drives me to view the world through multiple lenses.  As my curiosity has driven me to learn more about how society is built and structured, I have come to question certain aspects of society and assume a role that actively resists injustice.  I plan on reforming the foster care system:  ensuring foster children are placed in safe homes, providing more children with access to foster homes, and increasing the adoption rate of foster children.  I hope to do my part in moving the world in a more positive direction.”

Scholar Spotlight: Ahmad

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Congratulations to Ahmad, our Class of 2019 awardee of an Earl M. Gardner Scholarship, now enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston: 

“I am interested in majoring in computer science and minoring in business because these fields are at the center of change.  I enjoy computer programming because it allows me to be in control of my creation and bring it to reality.  When I was younger, I developed several entrepreneurial ideas.  I taught myself through experience and, in doing that, I learned how to be ambitious, patient, professional, and most importantly, independent.  Now that I’m going to college, I would like to add onto these experiences and begin to develop a career.  These objectives will be more easily attainable with financial help and support of my school and my community.”

Scholar Spotlight: Josee

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Congratulations to Josee, our Class of 2019 recipient of a Friends of CRLS First Scholars Award!  Josee is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston to study criminal justice:  “Being the first in my family to embark on a four-year college education means a lot to me and to my family.  Also, I am grateful for being the first, because I can show a good example to my little cousins so that they will be interested to go to college like me.  They can also use me as a resource to help them with school work and life’s situations.  I hope that one day I will become a detective and come to help people who don’t have a voice within society, especially people of color.  My goal is to do outreach and teach people about how the criminal justice system works.  Through workshops, I also want to teach them when and how to claim their basic human rights.”

Scholar Spotlight: David

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Congratulations to David, our Class of 2019 awardee for the “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarship for Mathematics!  David is enrolled at Brown University, where he’ll be majoring in computational biology: “It was mainly my time in a summer internship at Day Zero Diagnostics, a startup company whose goal is to use genome sequencing and machine learning technology to modernize infectious disease diagnosis and treatment, that cemented my future direction to pursue computational biology — a field where I can actively contribute to saving lives while still pursuing my lifelong passion for computer science.  I want to be able to eventually help lead the research and development of this type of technology.”

Friends of CRLS‘s “100 by 100” Cambridge Business Community STEAM Scholarships are funded by generous, community-minded, forward-thinking business leaders around our city.  Each year, we award five $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who have each demonstrated commitment through their years at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, our city’s public high school, to one of the STEAM fields:  Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. If you run a business and would like to join, find out how to be a “100 by 100” sponsor here or contact usOur Business is Student Success.

Scholar Spotlight: Sheden

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Congratulations to Sheden, who is Friends of CRLS’s 2019 awardee of both the Earl M. Gardner Scholarship and the Maria J. Tavares Memorial Scholarship.  Sheden is enrolled in the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston and aspires to be a business leader: 

“I am not only a woman, but I am a Muslim woman of color, and my goal is to work on improving the lack of inclusion in the business world for women of color in America.  I would like to prove to young girls that the weight of constant criticism should not keep women away from sharing their gifts with the world.  Since the age of fourteen, I have pursued job opportunities, and working has given me insight into the business world.  Working has helped me make discoveries that I may have never learned of if I were restricted by the thoughts and ideas of others.  Other people’s assumptions should not dictate over one’s life, but, in fact, as a motivator for self success.”

Scholar Spotlight: Rory and Anthony

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Rory and Anthony, both Friends of CRLS College Scholarship awardees, have been best friends since middle school.

Rory (left), is a CRLS Class of 2019 awardee of a Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship.  Rory is now enrolled at Skidmore College and plans to apply his leadership qualities to public service.  While at CRLS, as co-chair of the Cambridge Youth Council, he led a T pass initiative, working with Mayor McGovern, the City Council, and the School Committee to get free T passes for low income CRLS students:  

“Through this process, I learned how to navigate the political landscape and how to work with people in power.  Through these experiences, I have learned that leadership means working hard, setting a positive example, and finding common ground, both with those I am leading and with those in power.  I look forward to carrying these lessons into my college career.”

Anthony (right), is the CRLS Class of 2019 awardee of the Juliette Kayyem & David Barron Scholarship for Children of First Responders as well as a Colonel & Mrs. Henry Bayard McCoy Memorial Scholarship.  Anthony, whose father Joseph Grassi is a police officer, is enrolled at Harvard College and has plans to confront the opportunity gap:

 “Witnessing the vast disparities between the most privileged of Cantabrigians and the city’s most vulnerable throughout my life has motivated me to pursue a career that confronts society’s economic and social dilemmas.  I believe that our modern system of governance is flawed — it benefits the wealthy and socially privileged and does not provide any fair opportunity for society’s most neglected individuals.  I hope to use the resources afforded to me in college to research the fairest economic and governmental system:  one that symbiotically promotes equity and efficiency.  This research will allow me to develop creative solutions in political, economic, and social policy that I can implement, or advance conversations about, after I graduate.”