Local Black High School Students Surprised With $200,000 Scholarship By FPL – Boca Raton’s Most Trusted Source

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10 recipients of the NextEra Energy Scholarship for Black Students from SECME proudly hold their $20,000 college scholarship check from the Florida Power & Light Company inside the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on June 18, 2022. The NextEra Energy Scholarship for Black Students in SECME recognizes those students who plan to pursue careers in STEM and were part of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) club in high school

Boca Raton, FL – The NextEra Energy Scholarship for Black SECME Students: A merit award of up to $20,000 for college-bound high school students who have at least one year of volunteer experience with the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering (SECME) and plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate studies at an accredited two- or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. The award will be $5,000 per year, renewable for up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

· Isaac Valeris: A Pompano Beach resident, Isaac was a member of several organizations throughout high school in addition to his participation in SECME, namely the Pre-Engineering Magnet program and the Drone Club, among others. He will be attending Broward College in the fall to earn a degree in computer engineering. Valeris credits SECME for helping him better understand the core values ​​of a STEM professional.

· Alfonzo L. Yates: Alfonzo, who lives in Pompano Beach, shared that SECME allowed her to converge her passions for arts and sciences while discovering potential STEAM career paths. His love for STEAM led him to commit to North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), where he will pursue a career in visual design.

· Christopher D. Williams: A David A student and resident of Broward County, Christopher credits SECME for exposing him to a diverse support system that has become a close-knit group of friends for him and his peers. Christopher is committed to the University of Florida and plans to pursue a career in computer engineering.

· Seth A. Solomon: Broward County Seth Solomon was a member of several organizations besides SECME, namely the Junior Academy of Science, the Black Student Union, and athletics. He will attend NC A&T in the fall to pursue a career in physics and aims to create innovative solutions for long-term climate change issues.

· Sarah Habon: A Park resident, Sarah will be a first-generation student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. SECME allowed Sarah to develop her skills through the practical application of engineering design principles. This app has led her and her peers to win first-place titles in her local drone league, the Palm Beach County SECME competition, and the regional science and engineering fair.

· Shon L. Barthel: Dreaming of one day working for NASA or a nanotechnology company, Shon is a Hialeah resident and will be a first generation student. SECME allowed Shon to discover his passions for robotics and engineering while cultivating his critical thinking and team collaboration skills. In the fall, Shon will attend Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

· Mia L. Handfield: Mia, who lives in Opa Locka, dreams of one day opening her own dental practice in Overtown and improving access to oral health services in underserved communities. While at SECME, Mia discovered her passion for biomedical engineering and its role in fighting disease, which led her to commit to Tennessee State University in pursuit of a dental career.

· Jordon D. Robinson: Broward County Jordon Robinson has been involved with the Junior Academy of Science, the Black Student Union, the National Honors Society, and various sports in addition to SECME. Jordon’s SECME experience honed his design and problem-solving skills, which led him to commit to NC A&T and pursue a career in graphic design.

· Zoe O. McCrae: Dreaming of one day opening her own pediatric practice, Zoe de Royal Palm Beach thanks SECME for helping her cultivate her passion for pediatrics. Throughout high school, she was also involved with HOSA-Future Health Professionals and the Academy of Medical Sciences, which allowed her to grow professionally while giving back to her community. Zoe will be attending the University of Miami to pursue a career in healthcare.

· Malik A.Henry: Malik, from Lake Worth, was introduced to SECME in his freshman year and became both president and vice president of his school’s chapter. Malik also served as president and vice president of the robotics team at Royal Palm Beach High School, which led him to pursue a career in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida.

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