Rachel Holladay and Ananya Kumar received the 2017 Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Undergraduate Impact Scholarship.
Holladay, a native of Slidell, La., is an active undergraduate researcher and has done exciting gesture research in the Robotics Institute's Personal Robotics Lab. She's an integral part of the school's Women@SCS and SCS4All organizations, mentors CMU's Girls of Steel FIRST Robotics team, and will serve as co-committee lead for this year's SCS Day — the school's annual celebration of its members' non-computing talents.
Kumar, who is originally from Singapore, served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Theoretical Computer Science, and has performed research on topics ranging from lunar localization to programming language theory. He's an active member of CMU Debate, and was the organization's vice president in the 2016-2017 academic year. In his first two years at CMU, he participated in the regional ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest and the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.
Spring 2016 Update
We are thrilled to announce that Gillian Rosen (CS 2016) will receive the inaugural Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Impact Scholarship. Rosen embodies the spirit of the scholarship, which honors students who excel both in and out of the classroom. During her time at Carnegie Mellon, Rosen has performed undergraduate research with Robotics Professor Howie Choset, and has participated in countless activities on campus, including driving for buggy.
"I am delighted that Gillian is the inaugural recipient of the Mark Stehlik Impact Scholarship. In addition to being an excellent student, Gillian has made a substantial impact on the CS community (as a student researcher and TA), the CMU community (as a driver for Fringe) and the potential CMU community (as the CS Head Tour Guide)," Stehlik said. "She is exactly the kind of student that this award was designed for and I am excited for the opportunity that this scholarship affords her." (Learn more about Rosen in the video below.)
This scholarship is made possible by the support of more than 100 individual donors whose gifts and commitments total roughly $70,000. We continue to accept donations and hope to expand the scholarship's reach beyond one student per year.
Please consider joining us again this year or you can begin directly impacting the lives of current students by using the "Donate" button below.
February 20, 2015 Update
We would like to thank all the supporters who have chosen to honor Mark and his remarkable work. More than 50 donors have pledged over $46,000 to support the scholarship. We are approaching our initial goal of $50,000 that will offer an estimated $2,500 to undergraduate student(s) who show excellence inside and outside the classroom.
Help us cross the finish line by including this scholarship in your philanthropic plans this year.
Carnegie Mellon computer science undergraduates embody technical excellence. They courageously fight through some of the country's most demanding courses ultimately becoming the graduates most sought after by leading technology companies. But even among this group, some exude an “it” factor that makes them stand out. They have the passion to pursue a startup dream late into the night after homework is done, or tackle research problems that no course requires. They are brave enough to start their own initiatives at CMU. They energize their peers.
The faculty and alumni of the School of Computer Science wish to do more to assist and encourage students that show promise to be the world's next founder-CEOs, technology thought leaders, cultural icons, or next world leaders. In this spirit, The Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Undergraduate Impact Scholarship fund has been created. This fund is intended to let SCS's bravest and brightest know that the SCS community is behind them all the way. Appropriately, we’ve given it a name that honors Mark Stehlik, who has been a tireless force in encouraging a generation of students to excel at computer science, at other activities, and at life! The creation of this fund comes at an auspicious time, with the beginning of a year of celebration of the founding, twenty-five years ago, of SCS.
About the Fund
The Mark Stehlik SCS Alumni Undergraduate Impact Scholarship, endowed in perpetuity, will recognize and support undergraduates in the School of Computer Science whose reach for excellence extends beyond the classroom; who are working to make a difference both in the field of computer science and the world around them. Generally, these scholarships will be awarded to students nearing the end of their undergraduate careers. The Stehlik Impact Scholarship was created by the SCS Alumni Advisory Board, and is named in honor of Mark Stehlik, former Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education in the School of Computer Science, who currently serves as Associate Dean for Education at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. The Scholarship is designed to encourage SCS undergraduates to increase their engagement in research and community service, beyond their courses and grades.
How you can help
We are asking you to consider joining us by adding your support. Any size gift will help, of course, but we are asking that you be especially generous, both to support our current and future undergraduates and to honor Mark Stehlik in this way, which is so meaningful to him. We hope you agree that this is an important cause for SCS in our anniversary year and a fitting way to honor our friend, Mark Stehlik.
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