MTBC awards 2nd annual Florence Shapiro STEM scholarship

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July 29, 2014
Congratulations to Bryan U. Rodriguez Gomez, the recipient of this year’s MTBC $5,000 Florence Shapiro STEM Scholarship. Rodriguez Gomez is a recent graduate of Plano West Senior High School. In the fall, he will attend the University of Texas at Dallas, where he plans to study biomedical engineering.
“I chose biomedical engineering as my major because it involves both math and science, and I have a great interest in the medical field,” said Rodriguez Gomez. “Taking AP Biology really helped me in deciding that I would love to work around the medical field. Learning about different body functions, molecular science, anatomy, dissections and the importance of other organisms are just a few things that incredibly intrigued me.”
Rodriguez Gomez was an honors student who graduated with a 3.71 grade point average. He also is a steward of his community, serving as a volunteer at Silverado Retirement Home and Robby Jones Head Start program.
The MTBC established the Florence Shapiro STEM scholarship in 2013 and named it for the local former senator who spent years advocating for STEM education in the Texas legislature. It is awarded annually to a local graduating high school senior pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline at a local four-year college or university.
Rebecca Eggleston Caso, Plano ISD Education Foundation president; Bill Sproull, president/CEO of the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC); Bryan Rodriguez Gomez; Senator Florence Shapiro; and Keith Bryan, STEM Talent Team Committee chair for the MTBC.