DePaul Prep and Sauganash Student Awarded Prestigious STEM Scholarship from ComEd
Sauganash Sounds, published 11/4/17
As careers in the STEM field become increasingly sought after, Sauganash’s own Liam Jeske is demonstrating his interest in pursuing STEM excellence with the help of a scholarship from ComEd. Liam, a junior at DePaul College Prep, is one of nine students from his school awarded with this honor.
The ComEd scholarship program, which includes both financial assistance and unique opportunities for professional development, launched earlier this year. Interested students applied with a personal essay and two recommendation letters from current teachers in the STEM areas. According to DePaul Prep, the application process was highly selective due to strong interest in the program from the school’s student community.
For Liam Jeske, the program seemed like an ideal way to pursue his passions and grow in the STEM field. The DePaul Prep junior says that he became interested in STEM through experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. While math and science classes have been his favorites since grammar school, Liam credits video games for sparking his interest in technology.
During his freshman year at DePaul College Prep, Liam was able to take this passion to the next level. He spent time in the school’s recently constructed STEAM Lab and was able to focus on STEM-based classes such as Introduction to Engineering Technology. Liam says he looks forward to pursuing this interest in both college and career.
For Liam and the other eight scholarship recipients, the program doesn’t end once they graduate from DePaul Prep. In addition to the financial assistance provided by the ComEd scholarship, the nine students selected will have an opportunity to be mentored by a ComEd engineer from the company’s Chicago North facility, located just down the street from their school. Those who excel will be eligible for a scholarship at DePaul University, the continuation of the mentorship program, and an interview for an internship with ComEd upon graduation from DePaul University.
"DePaul Prep is proud to be the first Catholic high school in Chicago selected to be part of the ComEd Scholars Program. This generous scholarship program enables our STEM students to deepen their learning in these courses at DePaul Prep and to expand their studies in DePaul University’s nationally recognized STEM majors. ComEd has helped us to create pathways from high school into successful careers after college at ComEd and other engineering and technology firms," said Mary Dempsey, President of DePaul College Prep.
As a part of the program, Liam and the rest of the scholarship group recently had the opportunity to tour DePaul University, where they met with several professors, deans, and students to discuss education at DePaul. “They took a personal interest in us,” Liam said about those he met during the tour. “Not many high schoolers can say that they have some sort of relationship with people at a university.”
ComEd, the largest electric utility company in Illinois, invests in a variety of STEM-based initiatives throughout the year, including the award-winning Icebox Derby, which started back in 2015 to increase female exposure to STEM subjects.
"As a STEM-focused company, ComEd is committed to cultivating the country’s next generation of innovators. We see investments in STEM education as investments in our future workforce and the Illinois economy,” said Paula Conrad, Senior Manager of Corporate Relations for ComEd. “We are excited to work with these great academic institutions to encourage and grow tomorrow’s best and brightest talent right here in Illinois."
The new scholarship program for DePaul College Prep students like Sauganash’s Liam Jeske is one way ComEd is able to fulfill that mission.