Scholar of the Week

Francisco Lopez      
Stanford University

Francisco Lopez is a first-year computer science student at Stanford University. A graduate from Cypress Creek High School with an IB diploma, he is the recipient of a $4,250 HENAAC/Northrop Grumman Foundation scholarship.

Francisco has a love of learning and challenges himself with as many opportunities as possible. He has also always been interested in computers, and he loves to learn about them. Prior to enrolling in Stanford, Francisco participated in the Stanford Summer Engineering Academy, where he had the opportunity to explore Java and Matlab and sharpen his calculus skills.

Described as engaging and articulate young man, he earned AP scholar with distinction upon graduation. He received scholarships from Burger King, the Florida Hispanic Foundation, Questbridge 2013, Orange County, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

As a senior he was inducted into Delta Epsilon Phi, the National German Honor Society, where he was secretary and helped raise awareness of the German language in his school and community through German Christmas Caroling and Oktoberfest. Francisco took his Standard Level IB German exam.

Outside of his academics, he co-founded the SHPE Jr. Chapter and served as chapter president for two years. He also was an avid participant in Science Olympiad. In addition, Francisco is a talented flutist and played in the school’s marching band, the Cypress Creek Wind Ensemble, and the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra.

A motivator with a passion for learning, Francisco aspires to a leadership role where he can“introduce people to the wonders of STEM” and use his knowledge of computers and digital information to achieve a more connected and “help-prone” society.

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