Izell Scott, a 2013 graduate of Statesboro High School, has been awarded the SECME ExxonMobil Scholarships’ Overall Academic Scholar award from a slate of three finalists and a highly competitive pool of nationwide Class of 2013 applicants. The honor comes with a one-time $4,000 scholarship.
This will aid him in his studies at Georgia Southern University, where he currently is majoring in computer science. Scott was selected based on his application, grade point average, essay, recommendations and involvement in SECME activities in high school.
Scott stated in his application: “My experience with SECME has been very beneficial. Through it, I have learned invaluable life skills such as: time-management, how to work as a part of a team, how to work within constraints that are specified, and, most importantly, how to work toward accomplishing a goal. My success in SECME, specifically in robotics, has pushed me in my decision to pursue a career in computer science.”
While a student at SHS, Scott was a key part of the school’s SECME team, which won the Georgia SECME regionals four consecutive years and advanced to SECME nationals. He was a member of the SHS SECME Mousetrap Car Team that placed second at nationals, the SHS SECME Vex Robotics Team that placed third at nationals twice and the two-time national champion SHS SECME Water Bottle Rocket Team.
“He left behind a strong legacy of working with students,” said SHS science teacher Richard McCombs, who serves as the school’s SECME sponsor. “I encourage students to try clubs and events in high school because they may just discover their passion and life-long career interest through them.”
ExxonMobil bestowed a total of $10,000 in scholarship funds in three categories: Academic Scholar, Merit Scholar and Overall Academic Scholar.
SECME was founded in 1975 and aims to increase the pool of historically underrepresented and underserved students who will be prepared to enter and complete postsecondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce. SECME provides teacher professional development and coordinates student competitions across the country. Its national headquarters is housed on the campus of the Georgia Tech in Atlanta.