Background: FWSIM has been awarding scholarships to high school and university students since 2014. The high school scholarship, $2,000, is awarded to a graduating high school senior who has achieved academic excellence throughout their high school career with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. The applicants also write an essay on “What are the smart phone and internet trends being most influential over the next five years”. SIM volunteers review several essays and evaluate them on a variety of criterion. The essay, combined with the cumulative GPA results in a winner. Since the inception, we have had 19 applicants and four winners: 2014, Chase Smith, son of Eydie Sum, 2015, Frederick Kauber, son of Fred Kauber, 2016, Paulena Portnoy, daughter of Rafail Portnoy and 2017, Mariel Barocas, daughter of Rob Barocas.
Mariel is the daughter of Rob Barocas, FWSIM’s VP of Arrangements. Rob leads the Digital Technology Cloud engineering organization at GE. He is helping GE reach the pinnacle capability offered through deployment of a modern cloud, product-based ecosystem. He is the proud father of a high-achieving Ivy-league daughter who briefly served as our chapter’s administrator during a brief period of transition.
Mariel is extremely grateful for the opportunities FWSIM has granted her in the last year. At Stamford High School, Mariel served as the Opinion Editor of The Round Table, as well as the Treasurer of the Student Council for the Class of 2017. Outside of school, Mariel volunteered as an ESL teacher at Building One Community and worked as the campaign manager for State Representative William Tong’s 2016 successful bid for re-election. As a first-year student at Yale University in New Haven, Mariel hopes to continue cultivating her experiences in politics. She plans to major in Political Science or Ethics, Politics and Economics. Currently, Mariel is apart of the Yale College Democrats, Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association, as well as a member of the Yale Club Polo Team.