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Sierra Frisbee, a student at The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Receives $40,000 Scholarship and Guaranteed Internship from Amazon to Pursue Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science
Sierra Frisbee is among 100 new Amazon Future Engineer scholarship recipients to receive $40,000 over four years to study computer science starting this fall and a guaranteed, paid internship opportunity at Amazon after their freshman year of college.
Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career education program that works to inspire and educate children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science and coding.
Lawrenceville, GA – May 12, 2021 – Sierra Frisbee, a senior at The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST), has been named an Amazon Future Engineer scholarship recipient to continue studying computer science at a college of her choice. She is one of 100 students across the country who will receive the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship of $40,000 over four years for her ongoing education, along with a guaranteed paid internship offer at Amazon after her freshman year of college to gain critical real-world work experience. Sierra will be attending Harvard College in the fall.
Sierra learned of the news when Scout, Amazon’s fully-electric delivery system, made a special delivery at GSMST. Among her teachers and peers, Sierra received a package from Scout that contained her scholarship certificate. Recipients were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, future goals, and financial need.
Sierra was selected as GSMST’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Student of the Year and was selected as a finalist for Gwinnett County Public Schools CTE Student of the Year for her studies in computer science and robotics. She also has been awarded 1st place at the ISEF Regional Science and Engineering Fair in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines category. Sierra has mentored and led a Future Lego League Robotics team to win a Regional and State Championship and led her FTC teams to many championships over the past 4 years.
In nominating Sierra for the scholarship, her teacher Laura Gray said, “Sierra has been a wonderful student to watch grow; she is enthusiastic, inquisitive, independent, and intelligent, but what stands out most of all is her unbridled passion to engineer ways to always be helping others. It is this passion that will help her change the world for the better.”
During the summer of 2018, Sierra completed a Job Shadow Experience through WIT (Women in Technology) Girls at IBM and the Weather Company where she wrote AI programs using the Watson computer. Sierra also participated in the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) Symposium in which she built and coded an LED piano embedded systems project. She also has spent three summers interning at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Aerospace, Transportation, and Advanced Systems (ATAS) Laboratory where she worked on various robotics research projects.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2019 to 2029, the market for computer science professionals will grow 11 percent faster than the average for all occupations and, in 2020, the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $91,250, which is more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations in the U.S. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a small percentage from underserved backgrounds. Students from underserved backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career computer science education program intended to inspire and educate millions of students globally, including hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. each year. Students explore computer science through school curriculum and project based learning using code to make music, program robots, and solve problems. Amazon Future Engineer also awards 100 students each year with four-year, $40,000 scholarships and paid internships at Amazon, and celebrates teachers with professional development and $25,000 Teacher of the Year Awards. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million commitment to STEM and computer science education. The program is available in the U.S., UK, Canada, and France.
The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST)
The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is an accelerated STEM school that opened in 2007 as a lottery-based school of choice for students in Gwinnett County Public Schools. GSMST graduated her inaugural class of students in 2011 and has been the top-ranked public high school in Georgia every year since while leading the state in SAT, ACT, AP, OECD, and other measures of student achievement. GSMST has been named the first STEM-certified school (2012 – Georgia Department of Education), the best STEM school (2015 – Technology Association of Georgia), and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2016 – US Department of Education).