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How I Won The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

What is the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

The Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship awards $40,000 ($10,000 for each of the 4 years of college). It also gives recipients a programming internship at Amazon the summer after their freshman year of college. This scholarship has a 2% acceptance rate. They accept 100 out of 4,000 people.


Ethnicity/interests that won me the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

For my ethnicity, I put I was Hispanic or Latino. For my field of study I put Science/Math/Technology. My GPA was a 3.90 at the time of applying as well. See the below screenshot.

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My stats and financial info that won me the Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

I submitted my mother’s financial aid information who makes $65,000 a year. The below screenshot is what I put for the financial section of the application.

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For my grades, I received 3Bs in my freshman year second semester and the rest were As on the transcript that I submitted to them. This link contains a copy of my transcript. I also submitted to them my 1480 on the SAT (750 reading, 730 math). The high school I went to is also selective and prestigious which might have helped.

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In addition, the application also has a section that asks you to put your first preference college/dream school is or you can put the college you will be attending. At the time of applying for this scholarship, I hadn’t heard back from any colleges yet since I applied regular decision everywhere, so I put Stanford University because that is my dream school. Application readers might have interpreted this as me saying I will be going to Stanford. Who knows? Maybe they just liked my ambition that I put Stanford. I guess this shows it might help your scholarship application to put a reach school that is good in computer science!

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My extracurriculars and awards

I didn’t put any descriptions for the extracurriculars I did since there was no room to, so they didn’t have any descriptions of what I actually did in my extracurriculars. All they had was the title of what I had done as you can see in the screenshots below:

amazon future engineer scholarship

amazon future engineer scholarship

If you’re looking at my award in the screenshot above and are wondering what a National Honorable Mention from NCWIT is, it’s basically a computer science award that high school girls apply for. The award is based on aspirations and involvement in computing. The National Honorable Mention was an 11% acceptance rate. It was 360 chosen out of 3600. Note that this wasn’t the highest possible award that NCWIT offers (the national honorable mention was the second highest). They have a National Winner one which is 50 chosen out of 3600.

In addition, I believe something that really helped my application was the fact that on the website I created that helps high schoolers find internships, I put that I had over 30,000 registered users on my website.


The essays that won me the scholarship


First prompt:

Describe your career goals and aspirations. How do you plan to use your computer science degree to accomplish your goals? (1000 character limit including spaces).

My response:

My passion is helping others and my fields of interest grew around this base. Ever since I was little I have wanted to be an elected official. I have always felt like it would be so fulfilling to serve people every day while being able to help any field by changing policies of that field. Politics is something I want to get more involved in. I also love computer science because I have seen how it can influence any field. I am drawn to entrepreneurship as well because I have seen how it can help solve real-world problems fast. I envision myself making use of programming in order to aid my marketing efforts, whether it be for my own entrepreneurial venture or my political campaign for office. Many marketing softwares are built using programming. Because of my desire to help others, I will continue to use computer science to accomplish any end goal I want, whether it be getting involved in research or building a website or app for a problem I believe in.
Second prompt:
At Amazon, we have 16 leadership principles that we use to drive our business. Every software engineer is expected to “think big” and demonstrate “customer obsession”. To demonstrate your ability to think big and have customer obsession, pick a big problem in your school or your community that you think could be solved with the help of computer science. Describe the problem, the impact it has, and describe your “think big” solution that uses computer science tools. (1000 character limit including spaces).
My response:
A problem I see is a lack of youth involvement in the community and in extracurriculars. When people are young they should be encouraged to be hardworking and involved. When people are young they are easier to change. With the help of the website developer I intern for, I coded, a website that helps high schoolers find internships. Recently, I have landed a marketing internship for Scaling Savages. I was looking for a marketing internship to help me scale my website. My supervisor here has a software that scrapes leads off of social media and messages them. We are also building up the social media accounts for my website. He said that I could get involved with coding for other marketing softwares, which includes doing Python. He said that he could compensate me for doing work for him by helping me scale my website. We have to utilize customer obsession when thinking about who would be most effective to target when finding leads using these softwares.
There was also an unusual circumstances section that was optional and that I left blank. This section says: Please describe how and when any unusual family or personal circumstances have affected your achievement in school, work experience, or your participation in school and community activities. (1000 character limit including spaces).

The recommendation letter that won me the scholarship

The application says that they only want a teacher recommendation, but I felt that my teachers didn’t know me well enough to write me a good recommendation so I emailed the Amazon Future Engineer email and asked them if I could get a recommendation from my website development supervisor and they said yes, so that’s where I got my recommendation. Here is the link to it.

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