Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients
The Dr. H. Bentley Glass Scholarships were established to provide financial support to Baltimore City public high school students who intend to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics in their post-secondary education and who demonstrate financial need.
Each year, the Maryland Academy of Sciences at the Maryland Science Center awards two college scholarships to graduating seniors from Baltimore City high schools who plan careers in the science, technology engineering or math (STEM) fields and have high academic achievement.
2016 Dr. H. Bentley Glass Scholarship Recipients
Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
This year’s recipients of the Dr. H. Bentley Glass Scholarships are high-performing students richly deserving of these awards, and one of this year’s awardees is from Poly.
This student was very much influenced by the death of her grandfather in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has driven her to volunteer with a number of groups that focus on social justice, including Habitat for Humanity, the Baltimore Algebra Project and the ESSENCE Project.
At Poly, she is a member of the National Honor Society, serves as Class Treasurer for Student Government, is on the varsity lacrosse team and plays trumpet for the Jazz and Concert Band. She has a weighted GPA of 4.36 while taking AP courses in English Literature, Calculus and Biology.
She has interned with researchers at The Johns Hopkins Medical School, including in a neuroscience lab, which inspired her to potentially work toward a career in that field. She will be attending Vassar College in the fall.
The Maryland Academy of Sciences at the Maryland Science Center is pleased to award the 2016 Dr. H. Bentley Glass Scholarship to Poly’s Brenda Dzaringa.
Digital Harbor High School
This year’s recipients of the Dr. H. Bentley Glass Scholarships are high-performing students richly deserving of these awards, and one of this year’s awardees is from Digital Harbor.
This student is originally from Ethiopia and escaped to Kenya after political disturbances in her home country. She spent five years living in a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to Baltimore with her family thanks to the International Refugee Committee.
She started school in the U.S. in the seventh grade, knew no English and was often bullied due to her accent, but she says the “perplexity of my life has allowed me to become stronger and more determined.” At Digital Harbor she runs on the track team and is a member of the National Honor Society. As a senior, she was elected Student Government President, and she ranks sixth in her class of 295 with a weighted GPA of 4.07.
She has been accepted at both Stevenson and George Mason universities and looks to pursue a career in Computer Science. She said she hopes to “work in an international company in Africa that teaches technology skills to young women so that they can have a better life for themselves and their families.”
The Maryland Academy of Sciences at the Maryland Science Center is pleased to award the 2016 Dr. H. Bentley Glass Scholarship to Digital Harbor’s Achol Odolla.