It is a commonly believed notion that a company’s sole responsibility is to report a profit to their shareholders. That said, it is a company’s that truly rise above and beyond that sole responsibility and contribute to its surrounding environs and community that makes a company great. Rambus is dedicated to strengthening and improving the quality of life in its communities through partnerships, engagement and employee giving. One such example is the Innovator of the Future Rambus Scholarship.
The Rambus “Innovator of the Future” Scholarship seeks to broaden the educational opportunities of students who, by virtue of their academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrate a passion for science and technology that extends beyond the classroom. The winners must possess strong leadership and communication skills and the desire to positively impact society through innovation in science and technology.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a high school student graduating before Fall, 2018, attending a high school located in Cupertino, Los Altos, Mountain View, Santa Clara, or Sunnyvale, CA. The high schools eligible are Fremont High School, Homestead High School, the Kings Academy, Los Altos High School, Mountain View High School, St. Francis High School, and Wilcox High School. The candidates also must be attending a four-year university program of study beginning in Fall, 2018 and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale from grades 10-12. Immediate family members of Rambus employees and contractors are not eligible to apply.
The Selection Process
The Rambus Scholarship Committee selected winners based on academic excellence (particularly in the field of STEM), passion for technology, leadership in school, civic and extracurricular activities, and motivation to serve and succeed. Due earlier this year, finalists were interviewed in Sunnyvale during springtime. The winners, Rebecca Hauser and Rishabh Jain, were announced towards late spring of this year.
Rebecca Hauser graduated from Homestead High School, and will be headed to Cornell to pursue biomedical engineering. She worked at Stanford’s SIMR lab on a “sensory substitution” glove for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy, following in her mother’s footsteps. She also worked on some sensor-related work in Stanford’s Camarillo Lab, regarding sports-related concussion research. She also is a cross-country runner.
Rishabh Jain, who graduated from St. Francis High School, will be heading to Duke University, also to study biomedical engineering. He was the captain of the debate team in high school, and also worked on a Music Students Service League that organized piano recitals for students to perform in senior assisted-living centers. He also interned at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, working on Parkinson’s related projects. In college, Jain wishes to pursue research in the “organ on a chip” space. Recently, he has taken on cooking as a hobby.
The Bottom Line
The Innovators for the Future scholarship hopes to broaden opportunities and possibilities for students, particularly those with high academic achievement and a big passion for subjects in STEM fields. Rebecca Hauser and Rishabh Jain are shining examples of the next generation of great minds in technology. The scholarship is but one of the example of how Rambus is committed to supporting the local community.