Charles R. Drew Charter STAR student DeGreer Harris has been selected by the Council of the Great City Schools(CGCS) to receive the 2019 CGCS-Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship. The students chosen were from several hundred applicants in urban school districts across the nation for their academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement.
The scholarship was created by former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space, to encourage and assist promising students of diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies after high school.
In the fall, Harris will attend Stanford University and major in either material science engineering or chemical engineering.
The awards were given to four seniors from high schools in four of the 75 urban school districts represented by the Council. Each scholar will receive $5,000 for continued education in a STEM-related field.
“These scholarships are a wonderful way to promote academic excellence in math and science and spur more young people to enter the STEM field,” said Dr. Harris. “I am proud to support these young men and women as they create a brighter future for themselves and become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.”
Formerly called the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship, the name of the financial aid program changed when Harris assumed the funding through his Harris Institute.
“Throughout the years these competitive scholarships have provided talented minority students in big-city school districts a way to pursue STEM studies after high school and excel in their career pursuits,” said Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “We appreciate the generous support of The Harris Institute, which enabled this important scholarship program to continue.”
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