2010 Scholar Profiles

Heirl He
Ranked #12 in her graduating class of 562 at Central High School (Philadelphia, PA), where her curriculum included both honors and advanced placement classes, Heirl He was involved in school and community activities. She played tennis competitively, and contributed significantly to her school’s citywide championship. Respectful of her cultural heritage, Heirl served as a Big Sister with the Cambodian Association and shared her knowledge of the Cambodian culture with children of transnational adoptions. She was also active in Central’s Asian Student Association, promoting knowledge of cultural traditions among her peers. At the Wharton School of Business, she majored in Marketing and Communications, joined Wharton Women, and participated in the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) Culture Show.  After graduation, she moved to Austin, Texas to work in the Demand Programs at IBM.
Elia Lopez
Elia was ranked #3 in a graduating class of 811 students at Edinburg North High School (Edinburg, TX), with a weighted GPA of 103.8. Outside the classroom, Elia was a well-rounded and active athlete, extracurricular club member, and volunteer. In summer 2010, she participated in a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for talented high school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. At Brown, Elia majored in Education and Anthropology. She volunteered weekly at a local elementary school to assist low-income ESL students, served as a teaching assistant in A COURSE ON Adolescent Psychology, and participated in a summer teaching internship with Uncommon Schools in Troy, New York.  She accepted a post-college teaching position at Troy Prep, a high-performing not-for-profit school that is committed to preparing low-income students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college.
Karina Melendez
Karina, an honor roll student, was ranked second in her class at the Bronx School of Law and Finance (New York, NY) where she was a member of her school’s Law Academy and mock trial team, and served as captain of the moot court team. Her academic achievements and activities are only one facet of this extraordinary and resilient young woman: Karina is known not only for her gratitude toward those who have helped her to overcome numerous hardships, but also for her constant willingness to share her gifts and help others. Karina is a senior at Columbia University who is working on her credentials for a career as a high school teacher of history and social studies. She served as the recruitment chair for Casa Latina, which is a housing complex on campus.
Katie "Brooke" Reed
Brooke maintained a high class rank and GPA while taking the most challenging curriculum available at Red Bank High School (Chattanooga, TN).  She also engaged in a host of activities—from the softball team to the newspaper, from the cheerleading squad to student government—and volunteered at Red Bank Elementary School with students in the CDC special-education classroom. One of Brooke’s recommenders wrote of her: "Brooke’s extraordinary personality and selflessness make her chosen career of teaching a perfect match." At Clemson, she majored in chemistry and pursued a degree in teaching, volunteered with the service team at CRU, and joined the National Science Teachers Association affiliate program.  Today, she is married and teaches chemistry and physical sciences at Bearden High School in Knoxville, TN.
Vanessa Zamy
Vanessa Zamy flourished in the college preparatory environment at Boston Latin Academy (Boston, MA), placing herself at the top of its class of 2011. In 2009, she was one of 20 students selected among hundreds of applicants for Northeastern University’s Young Scholars Program, which offers future scientists and engineers an opportunity for hands-on experience. Vanessa’s drive and motivation also are evident in her community service work: she served as a mentor in the Boston Public Library’s Homework Assistance Program and served lunch and visited with residents each week at the Kit Clark Senior Center. At Stanford, Vanessa created a combined degree program in Management Science and Engineering, Financial and Decision Engineering.  An avid traveler, she participated in a 3-week overseas seminar in India, a 7-day Arts Immersion Spring Break trip to New York City, and a study abroad program in Paris during the fall term of her senior year.  She spent the summer following her junior year at Goodwill Industries International as a Customer Relationship Manager intern and, in 2015, participated in the Italia Innovation Program which provided her with mentoring by world-class managers, innovators, and leading faculty in areas including Design Thinking, Business Innovation, and Corporate Law. In 2014-15, she received a National Society of Black Engineers scholarship. She is a Strategy and Operations Business Analyst at Deloitte.
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