Long Island Science Center Awards Two Scholarships

STEM Scholarships Awarded to Long Island High School Students
At an award ceremony on June 20th, the Long Island Science Center awarded two $1,000 STEM scholarships to high school students Eric Behr and Keiajah Washington. These scholarships will help the recipients further their STEM education as they advance beyond high school.

The first scholarship was a joint endeavor with BNB Bank and was chosen by the Long Island Science Center scholarship committee. The scholarship committee narrowed down applicants from Shoreham-Wading River High School and Riverhead High School, eventually selecting Eric Behr based on his exemplary academic record, his involvement in extracurricular activities, and his interest in pursuing a STEM career. Peter Wanderer, a member of the scholarship committee notes that "The selection committee was very impressed with both the academic and the other achievements of all the applicants. It was very difficult to decide the winner of the scholarship."

The second scholarship was given by a former Long island Science Center board member, Janice Delalio. Based upon a recommendation from Girls Inc., an organization that encourages girls to be leaders, Delalio decided on KeiajahWashington. Washington, who plans on pursuing a career as a Physician's Assistant, will be a first generation college student. Barbara Joy Beatus-Vegh, the Associate Director of Girls Inc. Long Island, emphasizes that "receiving a scholarship is a tremendous opportunity for [Keiajah]."

The Long Island Science Center is committed to encouraging the pursuit of STEM education, as we believe STEM education is necessary for 21st century careers/living.

About the Long Island Science Center
HISTORY: Founded in 1990, the Long Island Science Center offers a wide array of STEM programming both to the public and to school groups. The current location offers 2,000 square feet of exhibition and classroom space, and is available for private rental. The museum staff travel all over Long Island to provide programming in schools and libraries, as well as for organized groups.

MISSION: The Long Island Science Center is a place where children and adults of all ages will experience the wonder and joy of discovery through interactive exhibits based upon fundamental principles of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

The Long Island Science Center, in partnership with local corporations, historical societies, and professional societies, will develop exhibits and programs that showcase the rich history of technology, invention, and scientific advancement that has made Long Island a leading force in agriculture, commerce, and technology.

The Science Center experience is designed to stimulate and encourage a life-long interest in the sciences and promote science literacy in both children and adults.

About BNB Bank:
BNB Bank is one of New York’s fastest growing community banks on Long Island with 39 branches. Founded on the East End in 1910, the bank has a long history of focusing on the local community and supporting nonprofit organizations that enrich the neighborhoods, towns and villages in which they operate.

Cailin Kaller, Executive Director
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Casey Nevins