Richard Le and Karley Wheeler, two newly-admitted Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) students at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships for the fall semester. SILS awards the merit-based scholarships in the fall and spring to two incoming BSIS students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement and written outstanding application essays.
While both Le and Wheeler are pursuing double majors in information science and computer science, they have very different plans for their futures.
Le, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., wants to become a backend web developer and create his own applications. Wheeler, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., hopes to work in public transportation, optimizing transportation routes and making places more accessible to more people. “I would love to work on driverless cars, as well,” Wheeler said.
Both Le and Wheeler found that receiving this scholarship reaffirmed their choice to pursue the BSIS degree. “It is extremely gratifying to know that somebody believes in me and in the work that I have done,” Le said. “It will push me harder to achieve my professional dream of being a software developer.”
Wheeler said the scholarship signaled she had found both the school and the field in which she belongs. “Ever since I found out about information science, I have felt accepted in SILS,” she said. “I know that this degree will lead me to great places in life and will put me in a place of financial success.”