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Connor ReedThe Obvious Choice for High Achievers: UNH

As a high-achieving high school student in Salem, N.H., Jonathan Gallant could have attended any number of universities hoping to recruit the best and brightest young minds in science.

Gallant is glad he chose UNH. Not only was he drawn by its outstanding reputation in science, technology, engineering, and math, but also by the feeling of community he found when he visited the Durham campus.

“The professors and staff seem to genuinely care about the students, and everyone I know who has gone to UNH has nothing but good things to say,” he says. “I wanted a school that had a good engineering program, was close to home, and was affordable, and I found all of that at UNH.”

Gallant distinguished himself in high school as an outstanding math and science student, earning honors in mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

A member of Salem High’s Biotechnology and Science Clubs, he participated and placed in the New Hampshire Science Olympiad and the New Hampshire Science and Engineering Expo, testing his knowledge against other students from around the state.

The first-year student says the Whelen Engineering scholarship will help take the financial pressure off his family, allowing him to focus on his schoolwork and get his college career off to the best possible start. A prospective electrical and computer engineering major, Gallant hopes to become an engineer and to contribute to a project that will benefit the world at large, such as a clean, renewable source of energy.

The Whelen Engineering Company Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by Whelen Engineering Company to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Preference is given to students pursuing electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or computer sciences, especially those demonstrating an interest in robotics engineering. Scholarships are awarded to one freshman, sophomore, junior and senior annually and are based on financial need.

—Kristin Duisberg


 

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