So looking forward to our General Meeting. We had talked last year about establishing an Endowment Scholarship at Florida Polytechnic in the name of our club to ensure that our efforts continue into perpetuity. Normally this is reserved for major contributors (over $100,000), but Florida Polytechnic is willing to let us do ours at $25,000, giving us 5 years from the date we begin to meet that goal Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? Well, we already have $6,000+ that was raised in the form of donations made in memory of our members who have passed and extra money we have raised at different functions. So if we contribute that amount now, we have another 5 years to raise $19,000. If we meet that goal, then the EWC2 name lives forever in our contribution to the University. We can set the parameters for the scholarship recipients just like we do with our regular, annual contribution. But this is definitely do-able!
I will be proposing this to our members at the General Meeting - one of only three that we have now for a vote.
The greatest thing is that this in no way changes the regular, yearly scholarship that we give as a result of our dues. This is an additional scholarship, and a great way to make sure that the history of our club is remembered forever.
A highlight of our year in EWC2 is to be able to award our annual Scholarship. As an organization, since tour very beginning in 1955, the basis for our organization has been to recognize the efforts of engineering students by helping fund their education. We have enjoyed meeting most of the recipients, and all have impressed us with not only their academic excellence, but focus on the future of engineering. This year's Scholarship Committee should be recognized for their difficult task of choosing one person from a worthy field of applicants. Please join me in thanking them for their hard work selecting a single candidate! This year's winner was selected as the highest rank applicant be every single committee member. That is an impressive feat, so let me share with you why. Recognizing the unique opportunities offered at a start-up university, this year's winner has been instrumental in creating new clubs and events on the Florida Poly Campus. These include ASTRO (Association for Space, Technology, Rocketry and Observation) SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) SPLASH (a chapter of an international outreach program created at MIT focused on encouraging high school student into STEM fields of higher learning) NASA Big Idea Challenge (leading a team to determine if a Mars Greenhouse design designed developed is feasible for continued study) This year's winner interned at NASA Kemnedy Space Center, working with the Generation Orbit Launch Services working with botanists to find efficient methods of growing plants in outer space. Excited by the experience, she set up mini courses for local scout groups to get them excited about "space plants." This years winner was also awarded the 2018 Brooke Owens Fellowship, one of only 40 in the nation granted to women in aerospace and aviation. Reading through her list of accomplishments, one wonders how she finds the time for all her activities in addition to maintaining a full course load at Florida Poly and a GPA of 3.14 The most important thing, however, is her vision of the future contributions of engineering in our world. It was most exciting to see a clear focus on the big picture from our winner, Perhaps you can best understand why we chose her this year, by my sharing of her own words. "We choose to learn the engineering disciplines to better understand ourselves and what we are capable of as a species. We choose to study them "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." We choose to understand them to improve our society for future generations. We practice them because we want to change the world.