Scholar of the Week

Roscoe A. Johnson      
Morgan State University

Roscoe Johnson is in his senior year working towards his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Concentration on Network Visualization, at Morgan State University. A 2013 HENAAC Scholar, Roscoe was awarded a Northrop Grumman Corporation Scholarship of $2,550.

Roscoe iterates that his main goal in studying engineering is to “help people…improve the standard of living all around the world.” To do so, he must finish his degree, but he is already thinking ahead about what graduate program will fit his interests. Earning his STEM degree will not only allow him to be successful, but it will grant him the opportunities to change communities by advancing technology.

Roscoe is exemplary in and out of the classroom. He holds a strong 3.59 GPA, all while helping out other students that have difficulty with their coursework. His advisor describes him saying, “He is always at the top of the classes I teach, and he regularly works with his classmates to help them along.” Roscoe serves as an inspiration to his classmates and is known to “have precision in all his work.” Outside of the classroom, Roscoe is very supportive of the community where he lives. He volunteers with Young Men in Charge, in Philadelphia, where he mentors and tutors African-Americans and Latinos in the STEM fields. Though his first language is not Spanish, he helps out at a Spanish immersion school in Baltimore assisting first graders with Spanish and mathematics.

In addition to his academic and service achievements, Roscoe obtained a co-op position with the National Security Administration, and more recently began working with The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

For Roscoe earning his STEM degree would mean being able to pursue any interest he pleases. Roscoe understands that “STEM is a gateway to finding solutions in any field,” and “it ensures… a deep understanding and respect for scientific research and knowledge.” Roscoe looks forward to the day when he receives his bachelor’s degree to further validate him as a rising STEM professional with the technical knowledge and skills to help people around the world.

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