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17mappingoutthehometownsotheelevenMaristrecipientsoundingromtheNationalScienceFoundationNSFwouldrequireanatlasotheentireUnitedStates.TeyhailromdistantplaceslikeHawaiiLosAngelesandKenyabywayoMinnesotaandromplacesclosetoMaristx19sbackyardincludingNewYorkandPennsylvania.Teirbackgroundsareextremelyvariedbuttheyallhaveoneimportantthingincom-monx14theireducationisbeingx3nancedbyundstheSchooloComputerScienceMathematicsreceivedromanNSFS-SEMgrant.x1cIthinkwhatstrikesyoumostaboutthegroupinitiallyisdiversityx1dJaneFioredirectoroMaristx19sAcademicLearningCentersaid.x1cTeyx19rejustthiswonderulcreativebrightunnygroupouniqueindividuals.x1dFioreledthepsychologyoseldevelopmentclassthestudentswererequiredtotaketheirreshmanyeartoulx3llasocialbehavioralrequirementandeasetheirtransitiontocollegelie.Testudentsx14JamesAramaStutiBhattDex19RonBillupsJulioCabreraMarkLoganMorganMachutaMartinMenaGabrielaRosalesGarrettSutclix1eJustinSvegliatoandJasonWongx14begantheirreshmanyearintheall2010andwillgraduateinthespringo2014.MaristrecruitedthecohortatertheSchooloComputerScienceMathematicswasawardedtheS-SEMgrantbytheNSFin2009.PertheNSFwebsiteS-SEMgrantsareawardedx1ctoinstitutionsohighereducationtosupportscholarshipsoracademicallytalentedstudentsdemonstratingx3nancialneedenablingthemtoentertheSEMsciencetechnologyengineeringandmathemat-icsworkorceorSEMgraduateschool.x1dTegrantpaysoralargeportionoeachstudentx19sacademicexpensesandMaristcoverstherestmakingatop-notchdegreeintechnologyax3nancialrealityorthesestudents.x1cFirstoallthegoalotheundingwastobringinadiversegroupostudentsx1dRogerNortondeanotheSchooloComputerScienceMathematicssaid.x1cGenderracex14itx19saMaristScholarsHoneWithagrantfromtheNationalScienceFoundationelevenstudentsfollowtheirdreamsandpursueafutureincomputerscienceandinformationtechnologybylauralacyphotographsbylynlepreTalentstheirdiversegroup.Teyhadtobestudentswhowereinstrongeco-nomicneed.Itx19sprobablyagroupostudentsorwhomMaristwouldnx19totherwisebearealrecruitingoption.x1dRonColemanassociateproessorocomputersciencewastheprincipalinvestigatororthegrant.AterthegrantwasawardedColemantravelednationwidetomeetstudentsandpiquetheirinterestintheprogram.x1cItisalwaysinterestingtoseehowstudentsromaschoolinthemountainsoHawaiigetherex1dColemansaid.HelookedorthesepotentialMariststudentsinunderrepre-sentedpopulationsteenswhomightnototherwisepursueacareerinscienceandtechnology.TisiscriticalromanationalviewpointaswellColemansaidasnotenoughgraduatesarecurrentlyenteringthisx3eldx14aactthatcouldax1ectbusinessandnationalsecurity.TestudentsappliedasregularMaristapplicantswhileindicat-ingtheywereinterestedinthisgrant.Workingwiththeadmis-sionsofceColemanalongwithNortonandMaryAnnHox1mannassistantdeanotheSchooloComputerScienceMathematicsnarroweddowntheapplicantstothisx3eldoMaristqualityscholars.x1cTesestudentsneededtobepeoplewhoweregoingtobestrongstudentsx1dNortonsaid.x1cWehavestudentsinthisgroupx14theacultywilltellyoutheyarethebeststudentswex19veeverhadatMaristCollege.x1dBothinandoutotheclassroomthesestudentshavebeenawelcomeadditiontotheMaristcommunity.x1cIthinktheyx19rejustwonderulrepresentativesotheschoolx1dFioresaid.x1cWex19vecertainlybenex3ttedromhavingthesemotivatedbrightstu-dentsaspartoourcommunity.Andwex19resendingoutreallyspectacularpeopletobigcompaniesorinternshipsandthatrepresentsMaristverywell.x1d