Bryan Chu and Abba Furry, two newly-admitted Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships for the fall semester. The merit-based scholarships are awarded in the spring and fall to two incoming BSIS students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement and written outstanding application essays.
Bryan Chu is a junior from Brooklyn, N.Y., who is majoring in both information science and business administration. He learned about the BSIS program at an information session during first-year orientation and realized it was a good fit for him.
“I am interested in the way the large influx of information can change every day processes and how we as people can use it to improve society,” Chu said.
Specifically, Chu said he wants to employ databases in the financial field to organize the large amounts of information being collected in order to provide a better understanding of the industries that have such a significant influence on people’s everyday lives.
Chu said he was honored to receive the scholarship from SILS in recognition of his achievements in the classroom. “I will continue to work hard towards my goal,” he said. “It means a lot to me to have the support of the SILS community in my endeavors.”
Abba Furry, a sophomore from Sanford, N.C., said the information science major seemed like the best path for continuing an interest she developed during high school, when she earned a Certificate in Web Technologies from Alamance Community College. She anticipates pursuing a job in Web design after graduation, but says she is open to other fields as well.
Next fall, Furry is planning to acquire a more global perspective on information science by studying at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain, one of six international schools with which SILS has formal study abroad agreements. Furry would also like to study at University College Dublin, which offers information science classes (and is SILS’ partner for a new summer seminar).
Furry said receiving the scholarship has been a great affirmation of her choice to pursue the BSIS. “For me, this scholarship helps solidify in my mind that applying to SILS was the right decision,” she said. “The professors and staff at SILS have been welcoming to me and this is a clear indication that the iSchool is glad to have me as part of its major and community, which means a lot to me.”