Congratulations to our scholarship recipients!
The winners, from among many highly qualified candidates, impressed the Scholarship Committee with their academic accomplishments and their extracurricular interests and talents.
Daniel Guevara Diaz, born in Bogota, Colombia, impressed the Scholarship Committee with his dedication and perseverance in seeking education against all odds because of his family financial circumstances. Following high school, he had to work to enable his higher education at a 2- year technical program to become Natural Resource Manager and then at a private university in Bogota, where he earned a scholarship, and where he decided to continue his studies to become an Environmental Engineer. He intends to continue his education at the Environmental Engineering Program at UNAD, with the focus on natural resources preservation. This scholarship will finance his education. He has a connection to NFRS, as his father-in-law, Dr. Jay Slotkin, was the first President and a founding member of the NFRS.
Kai Kaufman graduated from Greenport High School as an AP scholar with Distinction by taking all the Advanced Placement classes offered. His interest in Computer Science and Cyber Security started as a hobby. He was only 10 years old when taught himself 11 programming languages. His passion for coding led him to robotics. He is one of about 200 individuals worldwide last year to complete a reverse-engineering challenge coordinated by the cybersecurity firm FireEye. He will use the scholarship to pursue his education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has been featured in Newsday as one of 13 Long Island extraordinary seniors.
Kai was recently featured in a Newsday article and video called “Emerging at the top: Meet 13 of LI’s extraordinary seniors”. To see this article, click here.
Mia Seitles is a member of the Temple Israel Synagogue in Riverhead, where she was a bat mitzvah. She is a graduate of Westhampton Beach High School, the President of Student Government, member of the National Honor Society and has been on the Principal’s Honor Roll every quarter of her high school years. Mia’s art is on display at the Parish Art Museum. She will use her scholarship to help finance her UCLA education. Her long-term goal is to continue her graduate education in law school.