Scholar of the Week

Isaac King
Georgia Institute of Technology
Chevron Corporation

As a STEM student, Isaac King understands the importance of building a strong support network of mentors, tutors, and peers. Throughout his academic career, he has devoted himself to working with minority and English as a Second Language (ESL) students to provide them with valuable academic resources. In recognition of his impressive accomplishments, Great Minds in STEM awarded Isaac a 2019 scholarship from Chevron Corporation. Isaac currently attends the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

Isaac’s interest in computer science developed when he participated in the STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) at Georgia State University Perimeter College (GSUPC) during his Fall 2016 semester. Through the program, he gained access to valuable resources like mentorship and consistent tutoring, which helped him succeed in his courses. Inspired by a successful semester, Isaac continued his studies at GSUPC and went on to graduate in May of 2019 with his associate degree in computer science.

Recognizing the important role STEP played in his academic journey, Isaac was driven to help other students who may be struggling in STEM courses. He elaborates, “Whenever I saw my peers in distress, I felt connected to them. Whether they faced the same academic challenges as me or not, I wanted to be there to help them.”

Isaac later joined the Mentoring Initiative for New Americans (MINA) Organization in 2017, and through the program worked with ESL students from all backgrounds to help prepare them for standardized admissions tests. As president of the organization, Isaac established an on-campus tutoring program to accommodate the growing number of students utilizing the resource. In 2018, he partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to assist refugees and immigrant students attending local high schools. He remarks on the rewarding nature of his work, “The loving and welcoming energy from these students resides with me and contributes to my character today.”

Most recently, Isaac’s efforts were rewarded when he joined the Chevron Information Technology Corporation (ITC) as a Software Engineering intern and demonstrated his skills when he competed and placed third in the Google NSBE Hackathon. Isaac’s tireless commitment to mentoring others has truly set him apart as a strong leader in the STEM community. GMiS is proud to recognize Isaac as both an outstanding role model and as Scholar of the Week.

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