Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Zinquarn Wright Uses JnJ Scholarship at Capitol Technology University

Zinquarn Wright * Capitol Technology University
BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Johnson & Johnson awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to winners of the BDPA IT Showcase.  One of those students is Zinquarn Wright of Capitol Technology University.

Zinquarn Wright lives in Washington DC and is a graduate of McKinley Technology High School. He has participated in the UPO Providing Opportunities With Educational Readiness (POWER) program for the past five years. Zinquarn has distinguished himself with his participation with the Joint Educational Facilities (JEF) program led by Dr. Jesse Bemley.  Zinquarn won first place in the BDPA High School IT Showcase in Indianapolis. He was also a member of the Digital Media Arts Club sponsored by WHUT and American University Graduate Film School, where I helped produce two PSAs dealing with suspension from school and teen pregnancy. In his sophomore year of high school he was a part of the WPFW live teen radio show, '2K Nation', where he was frequently a host and part of the panel. He not only attended the National Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, he was also tapped by Lockheed and 4H to present Legos Robotics to youth attendees. For the last two years he has been a part of the music club at his school, where students are taught how mix beats, engineer using Logic music software.

When asked to share his thoughts on being a Johnson & Johnson scholar, Zinquarn wrote,

"Participating in BDPA through the JEF program with Dr. Bemley absolutely changed my life. I learned about aspects of technology that stretched beyond just my interests in music and music technology. Because Dr. Bemley prepared me to participate in two high school showcases at the BDPA Conference in DC and Indianapolis, I learned how to prepare professional papers, how to give informed presentations and improved my leadership skills by working in a team.

BDPA definitely improved my chances of getting into CapTech U, especially when the dean saw my paper in the BDPA proceedings from Indianapolis. The folks at CapTech U knew about the great work of BDPA and Dr. Bemley and Mr. Perry Carter. Not only was I accepted by three other students from POWER who participated with JEF and BDPA. The opportunities provided by BDPA broadened my academic interests and helped with my post-secondary matriculation. I’m thankful for the great opportunities."

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student on board as winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Zinquarn's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

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