KU students receive iModules scholarships

Posted on May 13, 2013 in Campus News and News

Back in March, we shared a great scholarship opportunity for KU students. One of our partners, iModules, a technology company based in Overland Park, is in its sixth year of the iModules Scholarship Program, which provides ten scholarships of $1,500 each to students enrolled at client institutions like KU.

This year, we were excited to learn that two of the ten recipients are– or will be, in one case– KU students! Congratulations to Jordann Bell, a Kanopolis sophomore and a member of the Student Alumni Association, and Robby Cowdrey, an incoming freshman from Overland Park, on their scholarship awards.

Each student submitted an essay that answered two questions:

  • Articulate one goal you have established for yourself and the efforts you’ve made to accomplish this goal, giving specific examples that demonstrate your work ethic and diligence.
  • Why are you a good candidate to receive this scholarship?

The company received nearly 850 applications this year. According to Brenda Fraser with iModules, the evaluation process is completely anonymous, so the review committee has no idea who the applicants are or what school they attend until they tally the scores.

We’re proud of our outstanding students, and thank you to iModules for their commitment to education!

A winning submission

Robby gave us permission to print an excerpt of his essay, which you can read below. He learned about the iModules scholarship program through his high school, Saint Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park. Robby decided to attend KU because it’s close to home and has a fantastic engineering program. He plans to study computer engineering and will be part of the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) program next fall.

Technology has always been my passion. As a student at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, I discovered that while the school excelled in many areas, technology wasn’t one of them.   I set out to change things and bring my school’s technology up-to-date. This began last year when I was a part of the school’s Cisco Networking Academy. After completing a site survey of the school’s network, I realized that its aging system had seen better days. A long-term plan to bring the school into the 21st century was developed. I presented the plan, which included the scope of work, equipment needed and cost estimates to the school’s network administrator and the rest of the technology department. Upon approval, $10,000 was allocated to complete phase I.   Phase I consisted of me and a fellow classmate installing over 11,000 feet of category 6 cabling, bringing gigabit connectivity to three computer labs, library, and wireless system. This on-going project is now approaching phase II. Throughout this extensive project, I learned the importance of accountability and reliability.   This was an actual project with real dollars attached to it and real deadlines to deliver an improved network uptime so that faculty and staff no longer would experience issues such as dead spots or inadequate speed due to outdated wiring and equipment. I also learned that in the world of technology, it’s not always about buying the most expensive equipment; it’s about making smart and cost-effective decisions and purchases, which help bring the school up-to-date.

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