(BPRW) Four Urban Students Named 2017 Math and Science Scholars

Author:  Henry Duvall
(Black PR Wire) WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four graduating high school seniors have been selected by the Council of the Great City Schools(CGCS) to receive the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship. The students were chosen from several hundred applicants in big-city school districts across the nation for academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement.
Robin Ryce Paul Davis Diana Moreno Caleb Myers
Robin Ryce, who attended
Renaissance High School
in Detroit, MI
Paul Davis, who attended
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy
in Kansas City, MO
Diana Moreno, who attended
Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet
High School in El Paso, TX
Caleb Myers, who attended
Townview School of Science
and Engineering in Dallas, TX

 

Now in its eighth year, the scholarship was created by former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space, and ExxonMobil to encourage and assist promising students of diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies after high school.

“ExxonMobil is helping to foster the next generation of STEM leaders,” said Ben Soraci, general manager of Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil. “These scholarships represent just one way we are encouraging students of diverse backgrounds to pursue STEM-related studies and careers.”

The awards are given annually to African-American and Hispanic seniors from high schools in the 68 urban school districts represented by Council.

“We are indeed proud of the winners in this highly competitive national scholarship program,” said Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “These young men and women may become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow thanks to the support of ExxonMobil and the encouragement of Dr. Harris.”

Each scholar will receive $5,000 for continued education in a STEM-related field. This year’s award winners are:

  • Paul Davis, who attended Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, MO
  • Diana Moreno, who attended Maxine L. Silva Health Magnet High School in El Paso, TX
  • Caleb Myers, who attended Townview School of Science and Engineering in Dallas, TX
  • Robin Ryce, who attended Renaissance High School in Detroit, MI

In the fall, Davis plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study aerospace engineering. Moreno will pursue a degree in biochemistry at University of Texas El Paso. Myers plans to study chemical/biomedical engineering at Prairie View A&M University, and Ryce will study engineering at University of Michigan.

“I am consistently amazed and inspired by these students and their eagerness to succeed,” said Dr. Harris, also a physician and president and founder of The Harris Foundation. “Each of them will be such an asset to the universities they attend and as future innovators in our workforce. It’s an honor to help support them in their endeavors.”

Administration of the scholarship program, including the application process, pre-selection and presentation of awards, is provided by the CGCS. Dr. Harris makes the final selection of recipients.

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