Fall 2016 Update #1

- 08.30.16 -

Atlas Scholars have been busy this summer. Read below for more information about their summer experiences and where the Class of 2016 is heading this fall.

Class of 2016

The summer program ended with a reception for the Class of 2016 and their families.  Scholars shared their favorite stories from the past three years and students were awarded their certificates of completion.  Congratulations to our 2nd class of Scholars!

Alisson Aguirre - University of Houston
Amie Bigirimana - Carleton College
Autumn Caraway - Georgia Tech
Aaron Chaison - The University of Texas at Austin
Mark Guillory - Prairie View A&M
Esmeralda Lara - University of Houston\
Beata Purvina - Carnegie Mellon University
Jesus Rojas - University of Houston
Eliav Terk - The University of Texas at Austin
Jonathan Trujillo - Yale University

We are excited to announce that due to overwhelming support from our donors we were able to award over $50,000 in performance based scholarships to be distributed over the next four years.

Atlas Alumni Adventures 

John Dana | Bowdoin College C'19
In addition to helping with Atlas Scholars this summer, I worked as a summer counselor with GeoForce at the University of Texas. I had the opportunity to spend a week in Oregon and Washington with the GeoForce Academy. I worked with a select group of high school students and served as their mentor and field guide throughout the trip. I was fortunate enough to visit Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Hood, and Crater Lake on my trip. My favorite part of the trip was talking to the students about my first year college experience, and the decision making process, that Atlas Scholars helped me to develop, behind my college choice.

Brittany SpriggsTexas A&M University C'19
Through a scholarship organization, I was selected to be one of 100 students that received a full scholarship to study abroad in Merida, Mexico for two weeks. We took a course on how to develop a research proposal at a local university and also toured different laboratories and research facilities. We visited Indian civilization ruins and spent time with our host families, before wrapping up the trip in Playa del Carmen for a day of fun at a Xcaret Resort. I am currently working on my own individual research proposal, and will receive credit for a research course at Texas A&M upon successful completion.

Mai Pham | Rice University C'19
I interned in the Marketing and Public Relations department for Kurani, a social-impact architecture firm, in NYC for 8 weeks. Kurani partners with schools, municipalities, and organizations to solve some of the biggest challenges in education today by helping build places that help people learn and grow. We've looked at adult education, 21st century learning, education as rehabilitation, students with special needs, the achievement gap, and more. My main job functions included developing our communications/marketing strategy, pitching story-lines to publications, distributing content material, and working on many other business development projects (hiring copywriters, maintaining databases, and providing feedback on articles, presentation designs, etc.) 

Jay MondkarThe University of Texas - Austin C'19
This summer, I studied abroad as part of UT Austin's McCombs Supply Chain Management Program in Hong Kong. I tracked the supply chain of Target upstream in the following order: retail store in Austin; regional distribution center near Dallas; Port of Los Angeles; Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminal; Port of Shenzhen, China; and several supplier manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen.  I also visited Beijing for  one  weekend  and got to see the Great Wall. While at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, I took courses on supply chain management and Chinese business. I tried as much delicious food as I could, and enjoyed exploring and photographing the city. I loved the electric atmosphere, public transport, and sheer density of the place. Can't wait to go back! 

Stay tuned for next month's update with important fundraising information! 

Thank you to all of our partners and supporters who make Atlas Scholars possible.