Shaina Scott's path to a college degree hasn't been a direct one. Six years ago, she set out to be a math major—an area in which she excelled in high school. It wasn't long, though, before she realized that she could solve real-life problems using her math skills. She switched her major to mechanical engineering and will graduate in December.
Thanks to the Carter-Rodriguez Scholarship for Women in Engineering Shaina has been able to focus on her studies full time. "It took a lot of pressure off me to find a job and spend more time on my education," Shaina says.
In addition she had the opportunity to be more involved in outreach and educating younger girls about engineering careers. "Get WISE" (women in step with engineering), a program made possible through the Carter Foundation allowed me to mentor young girls and get them interested in the sciences," she shares. She has also benefitted from the connections she has made through the program.
This semester Shaina is interning at Burgess Norton where she will gain valuable experience to work as a mechanical engineer. "I am really enjoying the program at NIU—I am benefitting from the small class size and I feel like my teachers really know me," remarks Shaina. She is thankful for her scholarship and hopes to be able to give back someday. Until then, she will continue to encourage other women to explore engineering.
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