Jan 13, 2012 6:51 PM GMT
Inspiring. And while this is far from an indication that this can be the outcome for anyone, it's an amazing world we live in when opportunities like this - and I wish we would seek to create more of them instead of pillorying those who find financial success.
The Intel Science Talent Search is a big deal for some high school students. It attracts entries from around 1,600 seniors every year, all fighting for a share of the $1.25 million in awards and scholarships.
Competing in such a competition takes focus and dedication, which makes the achievement of one semifinalist that much more impressive.
Samantha Garvey, a senior as Brentwood High School has managed to become one of the remaining 300 semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search this year. Her research focused on mussels and her discovery that they change the thickness of their shells if a predator such as crabs are introduced.
Why is Garvey’s achievement so impressive? Because she, and her entire family, are homeless and rely on a local homeless shelter. Such a situation would stop many students from being able to focus on studying, let alone a research project, but Garvey has instead used her situation as motivation. In her own words she wants, “a better life…a home.”
If Garvey manages to win the top prize Intel offer, she will receive a $100,000 four-year scholarship. That may not change her families living situation, but it does put her in a position to carry on learning and get a career that will certainly get her, and probably her family a new home/life.
Even if she doesn’t win, becoming a finalist means an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. and a chance to speak to either the President or Vice President. Her story is sure to be a compelling one and a great example of what the right mindset can achieve regardless of your situation.