Scholar of the Week

Patrick Sellas      
Cal Poly Pomona

Patrick is a 2012 HENAAC-NAVSEA/SPAWAR scholarship recipient.

Patrick Sellas is in his freshman year at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he is majoring in mechanical engineering. Patrick graduated from Fullerton High School with a 4.55 grade point average, ranked tenth in a class of five hundred and fifty. He was a member of the Fullerton Rotary Booster Club Top 100, which heralds the achievements of the top 100 high school students in the city of Fullerton, California.

Patrick considers himself lucky because he has the advantage of having two strong role models in his life who helped him realize the possibilities for Hispanics in the STEM fields – his grandfather who gained an education through military service where he became a radar specialist for the U.S. Air Force and then worked for the Apollo Space Program and the Northrop Stealth Bomber; and his father, who is currently employed as an electrical engineer. Throughout his life, Patrick has been encouraged to explore, build and problem solve using the principals of science which helped ignite his early interest. From the books he chose to read as a child to the anticipation of participating in his annual elementary school science fair, he has always loved science. In high school, he competed in the physics “Walk on Water Challenge” where he designed an apparatus to walk across the school pool and the “Egg Drop Competition” where he created a box with a suspension system that allowed him to drop an egg from a very high distance without breaking.

Throughout his high school years, Patrick excelled in academics. Not only did he take the most rigorous course load available to him, but he also played baseball, was in the school band and did volunteer work in his community.

Patrick looks forward to using his degree to create innovative products that will serve to enhance the world around him. He is extremely proud to be a Hispanic engineering student and hopes that, like his grandfather and father, he can serve as an example for others to follow.

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