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Grit & STEAM Scholarship

Tips for Interview Success:
  • Tell your interviewee what to expect for the interview (ie. How long it will be,generally what the questions will be about, etc.)
  • Be on time! Be respectful of your interviewee’s time and make sure you arrive a little early.
  • Start with some get-to-know-you questions (ie. Where are they from? How long have they worked in their current position? Do they have pets? Did they go to college?, etc.)
  • What should you CREATE? Be creative, use elements of STEAM that speak to YOU.(Examples: A poem, a song, a sculpture, a hypothesis, an essay, a working mechanism, a drawing, etc.)

Application Check List
___ Research and/or contact a professional to interview
___ Schedule interview
___ Email to receive “tool kit” for interview
___ Interview professional
___ Complete scholarship application (be sure to include ALL required attachments)
___ Submit final package to the Front Office no later than 12:00pm on 5/1/17

Possible Professionals to Interview

We have hand selected these people because they're AWESOME. They are creative, professional, inventive and just fun to hang out with.  Even if their profession isn't something you think you might pursue - all these people have life experience and stories of grit.  So we highly recommend seeking them out.

You are also more than welcome to research and find any professional to interview, but here's a good place to start.
If you don't think you'll have transportation to a person's office, chat with them and see if they're willing to meet you at school or at a library close by.

Jim Reed
Technical Director, Red Bull Air Races
Engineer, The Spaceship Company
Why interview him? - Because he travels the world to race planes! And he has a great life story of what grit means.

Bob Morgan
Director of Research & Development, Scaled Composites 
Why interview him? - Because not only can he build a plane, he's a photographer and an artist.

Grace Wang
Design Engineer, Scaled Composites 
Why interview her? - Because not only can she build a plane, she plans game nights and is an amazing cook.

Todd Quelet 
Executive Director, The Mojave Foundation (non-profit)
Why interview him? - Because he's living a story of grit RIGHT NOW trying to make changes in Mojave.

Sara Reed
Nursing Student, College of the Canyons
Why interview her? - Because not only can she save your life, she can build shelves and make you a quilt.

Zach Reeder
Test Pilot and Engineer, Scaled Composites
Why interview him? - Because he'll be one of the first to help fly the BIGGEST plane in the world. And he can fix your car.

Kane Wickham
Reporter/Photographer, Mojave Desert News
(760) 373-1012
Why interview him? - Because he sees things differently than most people.

Breanna Schultz, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Why interview her? - Because she can tell you how much grit it takes to get through law school.

Andrew Parker
Owner, Parker Construction Co.
Why interview him? - Because he is also a local and can tell you fun stories about Mojave.

Lisa Porter
Dog Trainer, Marley's Mutts & Cesar Milan's Dog Psychology Center
Why interview her? - Because she can tell you awesome stories about dogs and their humans who have grit.

Libby Jones
Design Engineer, Composite Structures, Scaled Composites
Why interview her? - Because she can build planes AND beat you in a motorcycle race.

Paisley Close
Yoga Instructor
Why interview her? - Because she can also tell you awesome stories about rock climbing.

Kelsey Gould
Graphic Designer, Scaled Composites
Why interview her? - Because she's got some serious style.

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