The University of Evansville has awarded scholarships to three high school students through its annual High School Changemaker Challenge. UE says the challenge, now in its ninth year, is designed to motivate area youth to identify and solve worldwide challenges through innovation and creativity.
The university says the winners will each receive four-year scholarships at varying amounts if they choose to attend the University of Evansville. A panel of judges heard pitches from 20 teams and individual students and six ideas were chosen to compete in championship round.
The awardees and amounts are listed below:
1st place: full tuition
Heroes Among Us: Tyler Myers (Evansville Day School)
Summary: Heroes Among Us is an interactive app that will equip schools with a curriculum that allows them to educate kids about sensory needs.
2nd place: $27,000 per year
Ticket to Health: Sophie Rodionova and Maryam Adeel (Signature School)
Summary: The language barrier should not mean the difference between the quality of life a patient has and could have. As Evansville grows and becomes diverse, we need to provide for the needs of a diverse community. Ticket to Health is a medical booklet that will contain questions specifically tailored to each doctor’s needs. It will include the most common languages in Evansville: Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, Urdu, and Mandarin. Different colors will represent various specialties, and each language will have a translation to English.
3rd place: $23,000 per year
QuickSports: Prab Jayachandran and Kaden Oberlander (Signature School)
Summary: An app that connects sports players and brings them to the best sports location near them. QuickSports is the go-to app for anyone looking to find friends and play sports in a large group as fast as possible.
Previous competition projects include Upgrade Bike Share stations and solar-powered CommuniTree at Mickey’s Kingdom Park in downtown Evansville.
Since its inception, UE says it has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships through the competition.