Two outstanding New Jersey students started college this fall with the help of Juniper Networks engineering scholarships.
This year’s scholarship winners were Evan Klein and Alexis Schleeter, each of whom received $5,000. Both recipients visited Juniper OpenLab (Bridgewater) this summer to learn more about the company and celebrate having won their awards.
Klein, from Cherry Hill High School East, told NJTechWeekly.com the scholarship will let him focus on his education without worrying as much about finding the means to finance it. “I also plan to continue my studies with a graduate degree in mechanical engineering, thanks to the financial security this scholarship affords me,” he said. He is now attending Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pa.).
Schleeter, who graduated from Williamstown High School (Monroe Township), is now attending Drexel University (Philadelphia). After her visit to Juniper OpenLab, she told NJTechWeekly.com, “It is wonderful to know the people behind the company are so passionate and involved in not only in their work but in their community.”
Juniper’s mentoring particularly impressed her. “It is very empowering to know that I have not only received a scholarship from them but new connections and new possibilities through them as well … I have gained invaluable advice that I will be able to apply to my schooling and beyond.
“One piece of advice I received while [visiting Juniper] was the importance of not just learning theories and skills, but [of] being able to apply them to real-world problems. This advice coincides with why I chose to attend Drexel University. Drexel … offers a unique co-op program which allows their students the opportunity to take the skills learned in the classroom and apply them to real working environments.”
Established in 2012, the scholarship provides monetary support to New Jersey residents who intend to major in engineering at a four-year college.
A scholarship committee seeks to identify “academically talented, young leaders with the potential to take on the toughest challenges facing their communities, to connect and empower people everywhere, and make a meaningful difference,” the Juniper scholarship webpage states.
The applicants need to demonstrate community involvement several years and have a high school grade point average of 3.5.
The scholarships were administered through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.