Computer Lab Student Scholarship
The Open-Student Computer Lab Scholarship was created, funded and is driven entirely by student employees of the lab every semester.
Students organize and run special events that fund the scholarship through:
- Book sales
- Selling advertising space on Computer Lab Screen Savers
In addition to raising funds for the scholarship, the students also donate their funds to local community organizations. Last year, the students collected $500 by donating an hour of their wages and made blankets for the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. This spring, they collected 248 books and donated them to the local children’s center.
Based on available funds, the recipient is awarded a minimum of $1000 up to a full scholarship of $2800 for a semester of school.
To be awarded the scholarship the applicant must:
- Be an Open-student computer lab employee for at least one semester
- Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Have high participation in lab activities and engaged in community service learning activities
The selection is made my a scholarship committee consisting of WSU faculty, staff and community members.
Apply for Scholarship
Computer lab student employees who meet the above requirements may apply for the scholarship through the scholarships channel in your eWeber portal.
Spring 2017 Recipients
The Spring 2017 Computer Lab Scholarship Award Recipient was Sopheany Sry.
“I am originally from Cambodia and also the first person in my family to attend college. I am not different from the majority of international students who are struggling with English language. However, I am using this as a way for me to improve myself. I believe if I work hard enough, I will be successful” said Sopheany.
In her free time, Sopheany spends her free time studying and doing research to maintain her GPA. She also enjoys being involved in the community. Mainly with the interior design department, the Computer Labs, the International Student Center, and the Cambodian community in Salt Lake. She also hopes to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity by building, painting, and decorating houses in the local community.
Sopheany said that her “life started to change the minute [she] became a team member in the Computer Lab.” She got to know people, and by getting the scholarship she’s able to worry less about taking extra shifts which has enabled her to pay more attention to pursuing her degree in Interior Design.
Elise Waikart has received the Spring 2017 Study Abroad Computer Lab Scholarship. In coordination with the Office of International Programs, Elise has received $3,000 to participate in a semester abroad at the Valencia Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Elise. “Studying abroad has been a goal of mine since high school, but it never worked out. This scholarship came at the perfect moment!”
Elise believes studying abroad will help her to ignite her education and launch her career. She’s excited to broaden her horizons by learning about a completely new and foreign culture. She hopes this opportunity will help her be prepared to work in an increasingly global community. Elise will be studying in Spain during the fall 2017 semester.
This is Elise’s second semester at Weber State, she will be graduating with her Associate’s Degree this spring. After which, Elise plans to begin working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering. She’s excited to start her engineering classes while she’s in Spain. Elise has always been fascinated with why and how things work and decided to study engineering to cultivate her curiosity, and also to design and invent.
Elise has been very involved within the community, she has been very active with the local chapter of the American Red Cross. She has lead the Red Cross youth program, trained to respond to local disasters, became CPR certified, and trained others on matters of international humanitarian law. Elise has also volunteered with: The Ogden Nature Center, North Ogden Animal Shelter, The Brookdale Nursing home, and Two Rivers Alternative High.
In her free time, you’ll find Elise skiing up at Snowbasin Resort or Kayaking at the many lakes and reservoirs around Utah. Elise loves experiencing new things and can’t wait to start her exciting new adventure!
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