The purpose of the Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students is to recognize outstanding minority students, with an interest in information technology, who make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, and make an impact on their communities through service to others.
“We are committed to supporting programs that provide opportunities for young people to explore and enhance their careers in science and technology. Education is so vital in creating the professionals who will contribute to the discovery of innovative medicines of the future,” said Janice Chavers, Director, HR and Diversity Communications, Eli Lilly and Company.Click here for the full text of her winning essay.
"I am beyond thrilled to be named a recipient of the Eli Lilly Scholarship for BDPA Students! BDPA has certainly enabled me to appreciate the sheer depth of IT through its programming courses, but in alleviating the financial burden of paying for college with its scholarship programs, this organization has forged unparalleled opportunities and truly inspired me to use computing to benefit contemporary society. I couldn't be more thankful!"Click here for the full text of his winning essay.
"These past two years have been full of ups & downs, but a roller coaster wouldn't be fun if it were just a straight line going full speed. It's true what they say, the absence of evidence isn't the evidence of absence. I received a phone call that made me cry because I thought the evidence to receive such a scholarship wasn't there. They chose me for me, not a GPA alone. Talk about breaking chains!"Previous Eli Lilly scholars were:
- 2007, Daniel Puente (University of Texas)
- 2007, Christian West (Northwestern University)
- 2008, Khalia Braswell (North Carolina State University)
- 2008, Lee Reed (University of Michigan)
- 2009, Hung Vo (Georgia Institute of Technology)
- 2009, Carrine Johnson (Palos Verdes Peninsula High School)
- 2010, Leslie Vasquez (Pike High School)
- 2010, Gerardo Dominguez (Chicago State University)
- 2011, Jala Cruz (North Central High School)
- 2011, Adwait Walimbe (John Marshall High School)
- 2012, Allen Warner (Valdosta State University)
- 2013, Risa Christopher (Indiana University)
- 2013, Cameron Hughes (University of California, San Diego)