Name: Marie-Emmanuela Newman
High School: Charles R. Drew High School (Clayton County)
College (Current or Future): Georgia Institute of Technology
Major/Intended Major: Computer Science
Financial Aid Program: Zell Miller Scholarship
With the projected rise of STEM-related fields, multi-talented and Georgia-born Marie-Emmannuela Newman is setting her future path forward. Her love for technology and interest in software engineering led her to choose computer science as her major along with the Georgia Institute of Technology for her education.
"Being a computer science major in a world that is rapidly moving towards technology, I realize that attending college is a great opportunity to network, find internships, and obtain essential skills and qualifications that could help me in a job search or the workforce," said Newman.
Newman's favorite subject is Mathematics. "Originally I was looking into Software Engineering, but what encouraged my transition to computer science was my enjoyment for math. I also like technology and computer science is a great combination of these subjects.
Also, there seemed to be a high number of jobs projected for this field," said Newman. By next year, there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs available in the US according to dreamhost.com.
Along with being the valedictorian for the Class of 2019 and Clayton County Scholar-Athlete for Charles R. Drew High School, Newman also participated in Spivey Hall's Honors Orchestra Program as well as Softball, Queens Mentoring Program, LIFE Dance, Beta Club and as the Girls Basketball Team manager. She also achieved the Georgia Merit Award and National Society of Collegiate Scholars Nominee. "Many times, I felt like giving up during the journey and it got hard, but faith and trusting God helped to overcome that," said Newman.
Newman's main advocate was her aunt, Andrea. "One of the things I am very thankful for is the level of support I had while going through the process of schooling. My aunt, Andrea, was able to console me on personal issues and advise me. She was always willing to provide an open ear and showed so much love by comforting me."
Newman qualified for the Zell Miller scholarship through diligence, hard work, support, and perseverance. "Being a recipient of the Zell Miller Scholarship has largely decreased the number of loans taken out for school," said Newman. "It truly shed light on the benefits of staying in-state for college. Paying for college is not the easiest thing and being blessed with Zell Miller allowed accommodation for my tuition costs."
As for providing advice to future students, Newman stated, "Work hard not only to obtain certain qualifications to be accepted into school but to meet qualifications for scholarships, such as the Zell Miller Scholarship, especially if you’re planning to attend school as an in-state student in Georgia. Apply early and ask others if they know about any scholarships as well because college is expensive."