Congratulations to Our MAC Award Winners
We’re proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural Marcella A Connolly Scholarship Award or “MAC” Scholarship, for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Each year, the MAC Scholarship Award, established by SMC Squared and the Connolly family, will recognize remarkable young women who are working to achieve an education in a STEM-related program.
“Locally, I’ve launched the MAC Scholarship, in partnership with DFW-ATW (Alliance of Technology and Women), to support young women pursuing a college degree in STEM fields. The scholarship, which is funded through both SMC Squared and me personally, honors my aunt who broke glass ceilings in the 1970s and served as my early role model,” said CEO and Founding Partner Dr. Patricia Connolly.
The 2021 recipients of the MAC Scholarship received a $2250 scholarship from SMC Squared and Cyber Group and a student membership to DFW*ATW to help them build personal networking and mentorship opportunities as they pursue their degrees in STEM.
“I have an opportunity to shape the culture of our company’s growing global organization and to serve as an example for other women who are pursuing technology careers and leadership roles,” said Connolly. “It is an honor to be able to recognize these young leaders and support their educational journey.”
Please join us in congratulating this year’s recipients:
Jane Chapoomee, Mac Scholar 2021
A graduating senior from the Young Women’s Leader Academy, Dallas, Jane will be attending the University of Rochester in the fall where she will work towards a major in Computer Science. Jane is currently active as a part of her Geo Club, Robotics Club, Future Leaders and has been recognized with several awards including recognition from the National Honors Society and as an AP Scholar.
Naemy Asmorom, Mac Scholar 2021
A 2021 graduate from the Young Women’s Leader Academy, Dallas, Naemy will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. With an interest in becoming a physician’s assistant, Naemy plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Naemy is an active member of the League of Latin American Citizens, Geo Club, Robotics Club, Peer Assistance Leadership Service, Young Women in Science & Engineering Investigators, and Handbells, Music Theory.
SMC Squared is excited for the opportunity to serve and support our outstanding young leaders. We wish both of these impressive women great success!
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