As part of the SAME Tampa Bay’s Post continuing effort to mentor students in the fields of engineering, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to three deserving young students at the monthly Post luncheon on Aug. 10.
Jessica Martin, who recently graduated from Freeburg Community High School with a 5.0 GPA, hopes to complete her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama in three years. Jessica participated in the World Youth Science and Engineering competition and is an active member of Future Farmers of America, which she serves as Officer-Secretary.
Hailing from Tampa, Fla., Summer Carlson has dreamed of becoming a civil engineer since she was a freshman at Alfonso High School, where she maintained a grade point average of 5.91. Summer is a member of the National Beta Honors Society and National Honors Society, and she received the Academic All American award for 2011. She plans to pursue her degree in civil engineering at the University of Central Florida.
Garrett Sloop comes from a long line of engineers—his mother, father and grandfather are all engineers. Garrett has an un-weighted 3.72 GPA, was head lighting technician for the Bay High Drama Club, is an eight-year martial arts student and participated in beach restoration cleanup in 2010. Garrett has been accepted at the University of South Florida and will pursue a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering.
During the same luncheon, attendees were introduced to Erik Tanberg, who recently returned from the SAME/U.S. Navy Seabees Engineering & Camp in Port Hueneme, Calif. Erik is the first student the SAME Tampa Bay Post has ever sent to an SAME Engineering & Construction Camp. While at the Seabee camp, Erik participated in such events as the cardboard boat race and concrete beam construction competition. A U.S. Naval Sea Cadet and an Eagle Scout, , Erik maintained straight A’s in his freshman year at Steinbrenner High School. That same year, his class won the Florida regional Future Cities Competition and took “Best Communication Award” at the national competition in Washington, D.C.