If currently working or interning, how has the scholarship helped support your professional advancement?
I worked in Israel this summer as a Research Assistant at Bar-Ilan University. Although MIT covered most expenses, I did not receive a salary. This scholarship allowed me to participate in this program without having to take on a paid summer job. I was able to help my professor create models for a research paper he is writing, which happens to be at the intersection of Computer Science and Economics - my fields of study. The experience has been invaluable in advancing my vocational goals.
Apply! Even if you don’t think you have the qualifications, there may be a space for you! I think last year I read a post very similar to this one and thought, “There’s no way I can match this person’s accomplishments.” Yet we all have a unique story to tell and amazing achievements we’ve completed. I think if you can talk about your studies, work experience, and side projects with confidence and passion, you have a great chance at success!