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Press Release: Intertech Foundation Awards its first STEM Scholarship to California Student Annina Hanlon

Hanlon plans to study Symbolic Systems at Stanford University and to pursue a career in human-computer interaction

St. Paul, Minn—June 23rd, 2015—A high school senior from California has been selected by the Intertech Foundation board of directors to receive its new $2,500 STEM scholarship for use in 2015-16. Scholarship recipient Annina Hanlon is an outstanding student who not only has successfully battled cancer, but also created Zarno, a children’s game/iPhone app to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

“I am incredibly grateful to be the recipient of an Intertech Foundation scholarship, as it will decrease the financial burden on my family as I pursue my education at Stanford. Merit based scholarships generally are not given at top universities, so scholarships like this are extremely helpful,” she commented upon learning of her selection.

Hanlon intends to study Symbolic Systems at Stanford, which she describes as “the study of how computers think, how humans think, and how the two interact . . . My dream is to use what I learn to help those in need, not necessarily just design the ‘next big thing’ for those who can afford it.”

She credits her first laptop with spurring her interest in computer science technology. “I was wonderstruck by the simplicity and perfection with which the beautiful device functioned, and my desire to learn about technology was born,” she says.

Intertech Foundation President Tom Salonek says Hanlon’s scholarship application was distinguished in a field of very qualified applicants for multiple reasons.

“Annina impressed us with her intelligence, creativity, heart, savvy, persistence and sheer grit. We are delighted to be able provide her with financial assistance through the Intertech Foundation STEM scholarship and look forward to seeing her continued success in the years ahead. We also are pleased to encourage more young women to follow Annina’s example in pursuing a STEM related career,” Salonek said.

About the Intertech Foundation STEM Scholarship

One important area of focus for the Intertech Foundation is inspiring young people to build science, engineering and technology skills. To further that pursuit, the Foundation created its new STEM scholarship for students interested in pursuing careers as professional software developers. This opportunity is aimed at current college students or college-bound high school seniors who have excelled in the areas of math and science, to pursue college studies in the area of computer science.

This non-renewable scholarship (only awarded for one year to any scholarship recipient) is in the amount of $2500. To be eligible for consideration, the student must possess:

• Cumulative high school or college GPA of 3.3 or better
• An intent to study computer science
• Currently enrolled at or accepted to an accredited college or university within the U.S. (not required at time of application)

The scholarship recipient must maintain a minimum of 3.3 GPA during the first semester to receive the second payment. More information about the Intertech Foundation STEM scholarship, including application details and deadlines, is available online at:  http://www.intertech.com/About/Foundation/Scholarship
 

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