We’re delighted to announce the recipient of Distillery’s first scholarship: Miranda Lin! Distillery set out to recognize a student who demonstrates outstanding promise in IT, computer science, software engineering, or a related field, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have found Lin. As Distillery’s scholarship recipient, Lin will receive $1,000 toward her tuition.
A California native, Lin currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she attends college as a Computer Science major. She found Distillery’s scholarship online while searching for scholarships for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors.
Says Lin, “This scholarship presents an amazing opportunity for me — it lightens the burden of paying for my tuition and allows me to further pursue my passions, from research, to watercolor, to dance. The Distillery scholarship gives me the chance to study at one of the top universities in computer science and gain the skills I need to make an impact on the world.”
Lin’s scholarship essay impressed us with its thoughtfulness, originality, and passion. Displaying the impressive diversity of her interests — interests which include not only computer science and coding but also ballet, Chinese dance, Chinese brush art, and the French language — the essay explored how computer science is a “dance of ideas” requiring precision, grace, and incredible attention to detail. What most struck us, however, was Lin’s clear commitment to using computer science as a mechanism to make the world a better, kinder, more beautiful, and more inclusive place. All in all, Lin’s essay revealed her as a passionate but poised student of the world who is destined to go far in whatever direction she ultimately selects.
Here at Distillery, we’re excited about the future of software development. That’s exactly why we established our scholarship program: so that we can support some of the students who’ve chosen to make it their careers. We’re already looking forward to finding out which outstanding student we’ll be privileged to recognize with next year’s scholarship.
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