Seven Brooklyn Tech Seniors Awarded UFT Shanker Scholarships

Seven Brooklyn Tech Seniors Awarded UFT Shanker Scholarships
Brooklyn Tech’s UFT Shanker College Scholarship winners (left to right): Krishna Roy, Bing Chen, Emily Cheng, Mirna Nashed, Tamanna Hussein, Sandy Jean-Charles, Jimmy Xie

Seven students from Brooklyn Tech’s Class of 2017 were awarded UFT Albert Shanker College Scholarships, the school announced yesterday.

The UFT Albert Shanker College Scholarship fund was started by a group of teachers 48 years ago and has since helped 8,000 students pay for college. A total of 181 graduates from New York City public high schools and eight postgraduate students shared in the $1 million UFT Shanker scholarships this year.

The recipients have demonstrated “academic excellence, outstanding community service and personal values, and represent a bright hope for tomorrow,” the announcement states.

The seven Brooklyn Tech students include:

Bing Chen, a Law and Society major from Sunset Park, will attend Macaulay Honors College at City College/CUNY in the fall where she will take International Studies. Chen was also on Brooklyn Tech’s track team and wrote for The Survey newspaper.

Emily Cheng, a Gateway to Medicine major from Ozone Park, Queens, will attend Princeton University and study Molecular and Cellular Biology with a possible minor in history. Cheng was a member of Brooklyn Tech’s Weston Research Mentorship Program which nurtured her interest to conduct clinical research in a traditional lab setting.

Tamanna Hussein, a Software Engineering major from East Elmhurst, Queens, will attend Barnard College and study Computer Science. Hussein is interested in coding and was a member of the school’s Computer Science for Urban Youth summer program as well as the Girls Who Code club and has taken part in Barnard’s Science and Technology Entry Program.

(Left to right): Mrs. Raquel Maysonet-Sigler, College Office Coordinator; Krishna Roy; Emily Cheng; Mirna Nashed; Tamanna Hussein; Bing Chen; Sandy Jean-Charles; Jimmy Xie; Mrs. Robin Scherman-Levitt, Scholarship Director; Mrs. Paula McKinnon, College Office Advisor

Sandy Jean-Charles, a Gateway to Medicine major from Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a possible double-major in Math and Physics with a concentration in African-American studies. Jean-Charles volunteered in a program called Legal Outreach that taught her to help others and “not be afraid to ask for help.”

Mirna Nashed, another Gateway to Medicine major from Little Neck, Queens, will attend the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College/CUNY and study Biomedical Sciences. Nashed volunteered at New York Methodist Hospital where she learned about the “human side” of science and medicine.

Krishna Roy, a Mechatronics and Robotics major from Kensington, will attend Stevens Institute of Technology and study Mechanical Engineering. Roy interned with Consolidated Edison where he learned “to work in and for a corporate environment,” which prepared him for the “real world.”  Roy was also the President of Brooklyn Tech’s Photography Club.

Jimmy Xie, a Software Engineering major from Bensonhurst, will attend Stony Brook University of the State University of New York and study Computer Science. Xie worked at various internships and “independently improve[d] on his skill-set in programming and design.”

Congratulations to all the accomplished and hardworking graduates!

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