Arizona Science Center has awarded its inaugural Chevy Humphrey Women in STEM Scholarship to Alicia De Jesus Armenta, a 2021 graduate of Metro Tech High School in Phoenix.
The Science Center announced forming the new scholarship December 2020, to recognize Chevy’s service to the organization and tenure as CEO and president from 2005-2020, according to a press release.
The Science Center will select a recipient on an annual basis for the next 10 years. The winner will receive $2,000, funded by the Helios Education Foundation, which can be used towards tuition, books or room and board at any Arizona institution of higher education.
Along with the cash award, De Jesus Armenta will receive one year of mentoring services from College Success Arizona. She will study biomedical sciences at Arizona State University and has goals of becoming an oncologist, the release said, adding her interest in this field after caring for her grandmother.
“Alicia’s determination and spirit is the true embodiment of our vision for the Chevy Humphrey Women in STEM Scholarship,” said Mary K. Martuscelli, Arizona Science Center’s Board of Trustees Chair in a prepared statement.
“This scholarship serves as an important step in Arizona Science Center’s ongoing efforts of encouraging young women to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.”
This scholarship is important “as women make up a little more than one-fourth of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math,” the release said, noting the high gender gap in some of the fastest-growing and highest-paid tech fields.
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