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May 13, 2021 Academics

North High School Student Tinh Tran Receives $40,000 Scholarship

Tinh Tran, a senior at North High School, poses with $40,000 scholarship award from Amazon
Tinh Tran, a senior at North High School, poses with $40,000 scholarship award from Amazon

North High School Student Tinh Tran Receives $40,000 Scholarship and a Guaranteed Internship Offer from Amazon to Pursue Undergraduate Degree in Computer Science

Tinh Tran is among 100 new Amazon Future Engineer scholarship recipients to receive $40,000 over four years to study computer science starting this fall and a guaranteed, paid internship opportunity at Amazon after their freshman year of college

Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career education program that works to inspire and educate children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science and coding

Tinh Tran, a senior at Sioux City North High School has been named an Amazon Future Engineer scholarship recipient to continue studying computer science at a college of his choice. He is one of 100 students across the country who will receive the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship of $40,000 over four years for his ongoing education at Carleton College, along with a guaranteed paid internship offer at Amazon after his freshman year of college to gain critical real-world work experience.

Recipients were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community activities, work experience, future goals, and financial need.

Tinh is a dedicated student who is active in robotics and national honors society at North High. Tinh is also enrolled in the information technology and network systems pathway in the Sioux City Career Academy.

“Tinh is a hard-working natural-born leader in the classroom,” said Mary Hunt, a teacher in the Sioux City Career Academy. “He is a highly motivated problem-solver who perseveres until the task is completed. Tinh has participated in extra-curricular activities, and I have seen him excel in CyberPatriots and CyberStart America. Because of these awesome characteristics, Tinh is extremely deserving of this award.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2014 to 2024, the market for computer science professionals will grow twice as fast as the rest of the labor market and, in 2019, the median annual salary for computer science occupations was approximately $48,000 greater than the median wage for all occupations in the U.S. Computer science is the fastest-growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a small percentage from underserved backgrounds. Students from underserved backgrounds are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.

Amazon Future Engineer is a childhood-to-career computer science education program intended to inspire and educate millions of students globally, including hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. each year. Students explore computer science through school curriculum and project-based learning using code to make music, program robots, and solve problems. Amazon Future Engineer also awards 100 students each year with four-year, $40,000 scholarships and paid internships at Amazon, and celebrates teachers with professional development and $25,000 Teacher of the Year Awards. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million commitment to STEM and computer science education. The program is available in the U.S., UK, Canada, and France.