Educate the SWAG “Dare to Dream” STEAM Scholarship

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$1,015
1 winner$1,015
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
44
Application Deadline
Mar 11, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 21, 2022
Education Level
High School
2
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Degree(s) of interest:
STEAM related
Education Level:
High school junior or senior, or recent grad in year 1 or 2 of a gap year.
Degree(s) of interest:
Education Level:
STEAM related
High school junior or senior, or recent grad in year 1 or 2 of a gap year.

Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) are more essential now than ever.

While there are many types of experts across many of the technological fields, we need more incentives for budding STEM professionals to continue research, harness leadership skills, and inspire innovation to propel our country toward our technological, medical, and developmental goals. 

Intertwined with tech are the arts, a way for people to express themselves with or without the spoken word. As a STEM major, students sometimes forget to use their creativity to solve problems. As a researcher, creativity and engaging both hemispheres of the brain is essential to innovation. When combined with the Arts, STEM becomes STEAM.

Today, tech and the arts are some of the most important pieces to our society – they both provide structure and a unique identity to who we are as humans and what we would like to become in the future.

To encourage leaders in STEM and the arts to pursue and preserve their aspirations, the Educate the SWAG “Dare to Dream” STEAM Scholarship exists and will be awarded to one high school junior, senior, or a recent high school graduate in years one or two of a gap year interested in pursuing a degree in STEM and merging these studies with an art minor or a degree in Art and merging these studies with a STEM minor.

To apply, please write about 1 of the 3 following topics and the required topic below.

  1. What do Art and STEM mean to you and why?
  2. How can Art and STEM make the world a better place together?
  3. Provide your favorite example of the perfect match between STEM and Art that exists today and why you believe it to be so.

And write about the following required question: 

   (Required) Tell us a little about who you are and why you wish to pursue a college education?

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Ambition, Impact, Creative
Published July 27, 2021
$1,015
1 winner$1,015
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
44
Application Deadline
Mar 11, 2022
Winners Announced
Apr 21, 2022
Education Level
High School
2
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

To apply, please write about 1 of the 3 following topics and the required topic below.

  1. What do Art and STEM mean to you and why?
  2. How can Art and STEM make the world a better place together?
  3. Provide your favorite example of the perfect match between STEM and Art that exists today and why you believe it to be so.

And write about the following required question: 

(Required) Tell us a little about who you are and why you wish to pursue a college education?

500–1000 words

Winners and Finalists

April 2022

Finalists
Sydney Tamondong
Valencia High School
Santa Clarita, CA
Brandon Sloat
Tulsa Community College
Bixby, OK
Arvin Singh
University of California-Los Angeles
San Jose, CA
Mia Silva
Desert Vista High School
Phoenix, AZ
Samantha Glenn
Tenino High School
Tenino, WA
Harper Cooper
Xavier University of Louisiana
East Point, GA
Thomas Raiford
Basis San Antonio Shavano Cmps
Hondo, TX
Anjolique Pham
Summit Public School-Tahoma
San Jose, CA
Gabrielle Gervacio
Saint Scholastica Academy
Jersey City, NJ
Contessa Grant
Waukesha Engineering Prep
Brookfield, WI
Michael Phillips
Cass Technical High School
Detroit, MI
Sanjay Manoj
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Arlington Heights, IL
julia janosko
Holly Springs High School
Holly Springs, NC
Seon-Jae Yoon
Crescenta Valley High
La Crescenta-Montrose, CA
Creagh Factor
Saint Paul's School for Girls
Wilcox County, AL
Kelsey Dignan
Great Oak High School
Temecula, CA
Arisa Chue
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Ava Byars
Stewarts Creek High School
Smyrna, TN
Roman Barnes
Binghamton High School
Binghamton, NY
Aanyah Abdullah
Westwood High School
Austin, TX
Clark Capers
West Bloomfield High School
White Lake charter Township, MI
Kyla Fung
Minnetonka Senior High
Eden Prairie, MN
Victoria Pfeifer
St James Academy
Lenexa, KS
Mya Watson
Blake High School
Brandon, FL
jessica weinberg
Croton-Harmon High School
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
alyssa kaye
Saint Mary's College
Vicksburg, MI
Meredith Partridge
Milford High School
Mason, NH
Rohan Patel
Troy High School
Fullerton, CA
Yangli Peng
Ranchview H S
Irving, TX
Laurie Ignacio
Del Rio H S
Del Rio, TX
Kristina Georges
Hampton Bays High School
Hampton Bays, NY
Libby McClough
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Herndon, VA
Saniya Randhawa
Silver Creek High School
San Jose, CA
Ethan Patterson
Orchard Park High School
Orchard Park, NY
Samuel Pohlman
Perkiomen School
Pennsburg, PA
Diego Perez
Forest Park High School
Triangle, VA
Jonathan Martinez
Tustin High
Corona, CA
Ella Hamer
Duke University
Scottsdale, AZ
Greyson Parks
Lovejoy H S
Allen, TX
Christiana Nwachuku
Kent Place School
Union, NJ
Rebeka Ortega
Young Women's Leadership Academy
Socorro, TX
Lauren Campbell
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
Allea Burton
Early College Alliance
Ann Arbor, MI

Winning Application

Julia Huang
Northville High SchoolNorthville, MI
Who am I? I am an avid keyboard explorer. Why? I always bring two keyboards with me on vacation- when I'm not playing on it, I'm typing on it. One keyboard represents Art, and the other represents STEM. When I was a baby, I played around with an electric keyboard my grandpa bought for my mom in the 80s. However, my grandparents could not afford piano lessons at the time, so my mom hoped she could afford to bring music to her kids when she grew up. Fortunately, I was able to watch an upright Kawai piano roll up the front door of my house. Before long, I sat down to play on this interesting-looking structure without skipping a day. I was just too intrigued by it. That was close to twelve years ago. Later, casual piano playing turned into performances for friends, senior homes, and strangers, and, later on, performances turned into competitions. One of my most memorable performances was receiving a standing ovation after playing the piano in a duet with a violin artist to hundreds of people on a Princess cruise when I was nine years old. Playing the piano has become so integrated into my life that I would play on a piano whenever there is one. I would be walking in a hotel room one day and then suddenly, the next second, sit down and play the Bach Chromatic Fantasy on the hotel piano. Inspired by classical and pop music styles, I started composing my own pieces on the piano and on the MuseScore software. In addition, I currently run a Youtube channel and an Instagram account to showcase my compositions. I have even published some of my songs on streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music. Then, in 8th grade, something new happened in my life. After some contemplation, I decided to sign up for a computer class on web design and Scratch, where I found a new passion: Computer Science. Computer Science was so fun that I stayed extra hours after school every Monday in our computer science club to finish this text-based adventure game I made in 9th grade. I even set a reminder to bring a snack bar every Monday to fuel creative thinking. Later, I started learning more computer science languages, such as HTML, CSS, and Java, and created more websites, games, applications. I even dove into coding competitions, hackathons, and machine learning research projects. In one virtual hackathon, my group, which consisted of sunny California residents ( I was from snowy Michigan), all played an instrument before, decided to develop an interdisciplinary website called MusicSynth. MusicSynth can display different shapes for each musical note/phrase when one inputs a music audio file. In the summer of 10th grade, I attended the Inspirit AI camp to learn artificial intelligence concepts and created a project to use a Convolutional Neural Network model to detect and classify skin conditions and cancers. This model, if paired with a device, can make a preliminary medical diagnosis easier and more efficient. The realization that something as abstract as artificial intelligence can provide real-world solutions to society still stuns me today. The amount of creativity from both music and computer science keeps me intrigued in both areas. Besides learning music and computer science, I love to share these passions with others too. In my high school, I run the Piano Club, Software Engineering Club, and AI4ALL club, where I would teach middle and high schoolers in my local Northville community music, coding, and machine learning skills. I also started the Bytes & Pieces organization that hosts workshops, events, and contests in computer science and music composition, where we currently have 90+ student members around the globe. I hope to help increase diversity and inclusion in both fields and bring our workshops to under-resourced areas. Art and STEM are ways to express innovation and creativity. Ever since I started to compose music a few years ago, I wondered whether a computer can too. Would a computer know how to create a pleasing, beautiful melody? It would be simply amazing to have both human and machine composers side by side, creating impactful songs and influencing our musical culture and music industry together. With artificial intelligence, it becomes possible. AI is an exciting field, as it holds unlimited creativity, solutions, and infinite possibilities. For example, a GAN, a machine learning model, can learn musical structures from large amounts of musical data then combine those learned features to generate its own compositions. The powerful potential of this GAN can be a critical step in creating both generative and creative content that could fundamentally change our viewpoint on the role of machine learning. Next, I wonder if GANs can construct unique connections between music and meaningful pictures. For example, if Rachmaninoff's Etude-Tableau in D minor conjures up images of an adventurous sea journey, can GANs be trained to not only produce similar melodies but also choose the correct images and colors to represent the mood/feelings of parts of this piece, interpreting music even further? Google Magenta is a machine learning library that can create music and connect different types of arts together. This unique insight could be critical for the hearing impaired, as the generated images and colors would facilitate comprehension and provide a more enjoyable melody. I am personally very fascinated with exploring and experimenting with all possibilities of a combination of Computer Science and Art. My love for both keyboards is why I wish to pursue a college education. As I dove deeper into both music and computer science, I realized they are inextricable and that there is so much more to explore in this interdisciplinary field. That is why I believe that I can further improve my experience and understanding in both areas by acquiring a double major in computer science/machine learning and piano performance/composition so I can share projects, creations, and the joy and creativity of both computer science and art with the world.

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The application deadline is Mar 11, 2022. Winners will be announced on Apr 21, 2022.

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