Senior Liz Radway receives $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship award
NEWS RELEASE: Heather Higdon, Director of Communications
INDIAN HILL, OH (April 21, 2020) – “A few days after school shut down, an Amazon Prime truck dropped off an ominously large package at my doorstep,” recalls Indian Hill High School senior Liz Radway. “I didn’t order anything online and neither did my mom. Hesitantly, I brought it inside and cut a slit through the top, unsure of what it contained.”
Indian Hill High School senior Liz Radway earned a $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship. (Provided)
Buried in packing peanuts was an announcement: Liz earned a $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship and a paid internship at Amazon for the summer following her freshman year.
“I could not believe it; I couldn’t fathom being able to work for such an innovative and successful tech company at any point in my life, much less at age 17,” said Radway. “More than anything, I felt grateful for the opportunity, as well as lucky that I live in a time when women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are not only accepted, but also desired.”
The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship Program assists high school seniors who have completed or are currently enrolled in an advanced placement computer science course, or who have taken an advanced placement computer science test and plan to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university majoring in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or other computer related field of study. Radway will be attending Columbia University in the fall.
“I feel very lucky to have had access to the education system at Indian Hill, especially with the new programs that have been initiated during my time here,” Radway said. “My journey with STEM ultimately started at Indian Hill Middle School in the seventh grade where I was a member of the inaugural STEM class. In this class, we combined the periods of science and math for a two-hour class where we would
utilize these skills in tandem to develop the innovative mindset of an engineer. Through this I realized I loved to create something that would help people in the future and I knew I would want to eventually work on the frontiers of technological innovation. As my time at Indian Hill comes to an end, I have realized that the world is your oyster! At Indian Hill, we are given a plethora of opportunities, however it is up to us fully utilize our options.”