In 2023 the HPCC Systems Community Impact scholarship was announced as a part of an effort to support the Diversity & Inclusion focus areas at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. The HPCC Systems Community Impact Scholarship was launched in partnership with Scholarship America to provide two renewable $5,000 scholarships to female high school graduates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds who plan to pursue a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) undergraduate degree at an eligible college.  

It was a very in-depth selection process to find the right candidates with not only good academic performance but individuals who were well rounded in many areas such as demonstrated leadership, community engagement, volunteerism, awards, and extracurricular activities. After careful consideration, the selection committee’s expectations were exceeded with two very distinguished representatives of the student community being chosen as recipients. This special “blog” edition of The Download Tech Talk Series features Kini Bibai who is pursuing a biomedical engineering degree at Oxford College of Emory University, and Falon Kelley who is pursuing a computer science degree at Georgia Institute of Technology. They are the first recipients of the HPCC Systems Community Impact Scholarship and were recognized at the 2023 HPCC Systems Community Day Summit awards ceremony and plenary session.

Please enjoy these clips of the interview conducted during their first year in college.

HPCC Systems Interview with Kini and Falon: Question 1

What does receiving this scholarship mean to you?

HPCC Systems Interview with Kini and Falon: Question 2

How and what got you into technology?

HPCC Systems Interview with Kini and Falon: Question 3

HPCC Systems Interview with Kini and Falon: Question 4

What advice would you offer to other young people looking to pursue a future in STEM?

The hope of this interview is that it will be used to inspire other young women to explore a future in technology and STEM related careers by hearing how these two women are doing it. The scholarship will help support them over the next four years as they grow in their field of choice.

The future is bright if it is in the hands of women like these two distinguished students. I hope you are encouraged and inspired by hearing from Kini and Falon about their journey into the world of STEM and will follow their story as the years go on.

Please check out the HPCC Systems Academic Community page for more information about the HPCC Systems academic program.