Part Five: Meet the 2015 New Visions Scholarship Winners!
Many times, financial aid packages offered by colleges and universities do not cover the full cost of attendance. Too often, those gaps function as deterrents for students. For the last six years, New Visions has awarded an exceptional set of high school seniors from New York City with scholarships to help offset the cost of attending the college of their choice. This year, we are proud to present 10 outstanding students with New Visions scholarships of up to $20,000. Today, in our last installment of "Meet the 2015 New Visions Scholarship Winners," here is Chuppa Cross and Tasnim Mollah.
“Being able to work on the design of space-faring technology is a career interest I have developed from my initial curiosity about space.”
Since he was a little boy, Chuppa has always had an interest in aerospace. “Ever since I was young, the heavens have always fascinated me,” he said. Today, he has turned his interest in aerospace into a career path, which he hopes to pursue, starting in college this fall.
As a student at Millennium High School, Chuppa has prided himself in being able to help his peers in various academic subjects, particularly math and physics.
“Here at Millennium, I’ve had the great opportunity to explore more advanced math and it has confirmed that math is definitely something I want to be able to study in college.”
As he enters Stony Brook University this year, Chuppa hopes to use his passion for math and physics to create technology that will help to give us a better idea of the “mystery of space.”
“As I continue to pursue success, I aspire to eradicate gender discrimination present in traditional societies. I hope to represent my identity as a Bangladeshi woman who, one day, contributes to society.”
Tasnim Mollah has big dreams for changing the world after she graduates from college, and the past four years of her life have proven that she can and will succeed at anything she puts her mind to.
Tasnim moved to the US from Bangladesh two years ago and worked through depression and separation from her family to succeed academically. “ I realized that I had to give my best efforts in surfacing from the culture shock and overcoming my obstacles,” she said. “Even if the despondency forced me to curl up in a ball, I fought against it and channeled all of my energy into shining in my classes."
Tasnim successfully maintained a 101.5 GPA while working to support her family and actively participating in extracurricular activities including the math club, badminton club, Young Women’s Leadership program and Amref Health Africa.
As a result of her outstanding dedication to her academics, Tasnim has been accepted to Yale University on a full academic scholarship, through Questbridge. She plans to pursue medical sciences at Yale towards her dream of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.