High Tech High School Students Awarded $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Two seniors at High Tech High School will each receive a $40,000 scholarship through Amazon’s competitive Future Engineer Program. Abakir Hanna and Fady Besada, both seniors studying Design and Fabrication, were among 100 students nationwide to receive this prestigious award.

“This scholarship is giving two of our students an incredible career opportunity that will prepare them for success in the workplace while they are still in college,” said Acting Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez. “All of us at Hudson County Schools of Technology are so proud of Abakir and Fady for their hard work and commitment to their studies and congratulate them for being recognized among the best computer science students in the country.”

In addition to the $10,000 students will receive during their first four years studying for an undergraduate degree, they are also guaranteed a paid internship with Amazon. Abakir will be attending New Jersey Institute of Technology and Fady will be attending Rutgers University. Both plan to study computer science.

“The students in our Design and Fabrication program work incredibly hard in this rigorous program each and every day,” said D|Fab Academy Supervisor Gregory Simon. “Abakir and Fady are young men with bright futures in computer science and all of us cannot wait to see all they will accomplish for years to come.”

The Amazon Future Engineer program aims to provide need based scholarships to deserving students from underprivileged, underserved and underrepresented communities. The entitled paid internship is available to students after completing their first year of college. This is a unique opportunity since most college students do not have access to software and engineering internships until later in their careers. More about the program can be found here.

Photo: (pictured from left to right: Dr. Mychele Perez, Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Fady Besada, Abakir Adel Hanna, and D|Fab Academy Supervisor Gregory Simon)

For additional information contact Caitlin Mota at 201-737-5832 or cmota@vmmi.net


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