Martin High School Student Receives $40,000 Amazon Scholarship

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on May 17, 2022. The story was updated on May 26, 2022 to include the video for The American Dream Story of Ruth Hong.

She is organized, caring, and ambitious, and she is destined to overcome any obstacle that comes her way. This is Ruth Hong, the senior of Martin High School.

Amazon Future Engineer College Scholarship

Hong is also a computer whiz and one of 100 students across the country to receive the $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer College Scholarship. Not only will she get a good chunk of the change, but Hong will have the opportunity to participate in a 12-week paid internship at an Amazon site in the summer of 2023.

Martin is on a roll with students receiving the award back to back, like Chijioke Mgbahurike won it last year after applying on a whim. After Hong saw Mgbahurike win in 2021, she set a calendar reminder 12 months in advance to apply for the scholarship this year. Talk about a planner!

“I’m a dreamer with big aspirations, so I made sure to tailor my high school experience to be able to achieve all of my goals,” Hong said. “I like to make plans and pursue them relentlessly. That’s how I am.

His teachers and advisers also agreed with his sentiment.

“She’s the toughest, most determined student I know,” said counselor Sara Stringer. “She’s a real fighter and she doesn’t let anything get in her way.”

“Ruth is always ready to help and mentor young students,” said STEM Academy Coordinator Marianne Varner. “She’s aware that it’s not all about her, and it’s amazing to see someone her age giving so much of themselves to others.”

His dedication to academics and service is far from unnoticed.

Hong holds the titles of Computer Club President and Key Club Vice President, while also being an active member of the National Honor Society, Library Youth Ambassadors, and the Swim Team.

What does the future hold?

Guess what Hong is planning to study in the fall at Minerva University? That’s right – IT. Minerva is not the typical college campus, however. In fact, the program is suitable for active and holistic learning. The unique approach to education will allow Hong to travel and study in a different country each semester. Places like Korea, Germany and Taiwan should remain interesting.

Of course, she looks forward to meeting the other students in her cohorts at Minerva and Amazon. Above all, she is eager to learn more about the technology so she can help disadvantaged communities in the future.

Hong is ready to take everything she learned in Arlington across borders to become an exceptional global citizen.

“Instant relief washed over me as I realized all my hard work had paid off,” Hong said. “I wouldn’t have come to this without the STEM Academy. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be recognized by Amazon and for my support system at Martin. It really is the perfect end to my senior year.

Ruth Hong

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