Congrats to Our Delaware Legacy Scholarship Winners

Evan Davis2020 Scholarship Winner

Attending Sussex Tech High School I had many technical pathway options to choose from. After all, Sussex Tech is a technical school that allowed me to have an area of study that was untraditional compared to a typical high school. After a great deal of thinking and discussion with family and friends, I chose carpentry, which has ended up being a great choice!

My very first class when I walked into Sussex Tech was, in fact, carpentry, and I met one of my favorite teachers of all time, Mr. Stough. I quickly realized that he was very knowledgeable, patient, and a great teacher. He never got too upset if I made a wrong cut or messed something up. He calmly explained what I did wrong, how to fix it, and then we went on building. In my first year there, my class and I built a shed from the ground up while learning how to layout a wall, layout a rafter, put up sheathing, roof a house, and put up siding. It was hard work, but I loved using my hands and seeing results. It took nearly all year to build that shed as we only had less than an hour and a half a day for construction time, as many classes were related to learning about safety and different tools or materials used in the trade. I was also able to be certified for OSHA 30, as Mr. Stough is an instructor for the course. I enjoyed building the shed and was excited that I would have more years of this class and learning new things.

During my junior year, and unlike the previous year, my class moved to the other side of the shop, which is the cabinet side. Here I learned about making furniture as we worked on building a cabinet. Prepping the boards using a planer and joiner, using a table saw to cut boards to length, and finishing and making our cabinets all took hard work and time. While this was going on, I was also able to take part in Skills USA. After an inter-school competition, I was selected along with two other Sussex Tech students to participate in Delaware’s carpentry competition. The competition included students throughout the state. While I was hoping to place in the top three and earn a chance to go to the national competition, I was not able to achieve that goal but I placed a respectable 11th out of 21 competitors.

I have tried to put all of this my carpentry knowledge into practice this past spring. I set up and organized as a youth leader for the Chesapeake Housing Project. My big project over spring break was going to build an entry ramp for a home for a local family, but unfortunately, due to COVID the project had to be canceled. I was excited to use my skills in the real world finally and was very upset that I could not take part in this project.

As I look forward to the future, I genuinely hope to take my skills and develop them further and put myself into a position to succeed. Transferring to Sussex Tech was one of my best choices as it taught me so much more than the standard classes I could have received at other schools. I realized that there are many career opportunities where I can use my physical skills, which is something I will truly enjoy.

Nicholas Holcomb2020 Scholarship Winner

For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by technology, specifically computers. Whenever I had the chance, I would dismantle old computers and put them back together to learn how they work. Eventually, I saved up enough money to build my own computer. It was like a giant puzzle and piece by piece, I could physically see it coming together. I enjoyed the process so much that from then on, I knew I wanted to study something related to computers in college.

Throughout my high school experience, I have maintained straight A’s and made the High Honor Roll each semester. Also, I have been involved in various extracurricular activities. I have been a member of the Technology Student Association since my sophomore year. I enjoyed my experience in TSA so much that I took on the roles of treasurer and president in my junior and senior years, respectively. I developed invaluable leadership skills from my experiences, such as communication and flexibility. Each year I competed in various technological competitions, learning new skills and furthering my love of technology. In 2019, I placed third in the Delaware Technology Student Association Promotional Design Contest.

In addition to TSA, my involvement in the Foreign Language Activity Group beginning my junior year taught me to be more understanding and inclusive. I put these skills to use while volunteering in my community as a member of the National Honor Society, with which I have been involved since my junior year. Moreover, I plan to get involved in similar organizations in college, where I can learn valuable leadership skills that I can put to use while studying computer science in college.

Although volunteer opportunities have been limited in the past year due to the pandemic, it was still really important for me to find a way to give back. With the health of my family in mind, I chose low-risk activities, such as delivering groceries to elderly neighbors, bringing people their mail, and collecting donations for the local food pantry. These activities served as an opportunity to get out of the house, as well as something positive to focus on. Due to the pandemic, there was no better time to give back to my community.

I am excited to begin my undergraduate education in the field of computer science. A degree in computer science will allow me to master programming and computational methods; these skills will help me later on in my career. I am thrilled to learn more about computers, including the many different programming languages. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I plan to continue my education and achieve a master’s degree. Eventually, I hope to secure a job as a software engineer.

Although my career choice does not relate to construction, I feel that I am a worthy applicant because I am hardworking and driven. I know that I can succeed in my studies, but financing my degree is an obstacle. My family has never had much; with a single mother and two siblings in college, there have been times in which we did not know if we could afford to eat. I plan to work over the summer to save up as much money as I can, but I will likely have to take out student loans. Any financial assistance would be greatly beneficial. With help from the Legacy Scholarship Program, I can focus on my challenging classes rather than worry about affording them.