Hanna applied to CSSI, which provides a space for young, aspiring computer scientists to connect with like-minded peers and Google engineers as part of CSSI’s three-week program. By applying, he had the opportunity to write an additional essay in order to be considered for a Generation Google Scholarship, worth $10,000 for those students studying in the United States. While CSSI did not accept Hanna into its traditional program, its committee invited him into a new virtual program, CSSI-Extension, designed for aspiring technologists. In the program, he will have special access to Google’s technical interview resources, be coached by Google engineers, and experience an approximation of working at Google. Nearly a week after hearing about this opportunity, Hanna had received word that he had earned the Generation Google Scholarship, with the expectation that the funds be spent in accordance with the scholarship’s terms and conditions.
In addition to their Google successes, both won $40,000 through Amazon’s Future Engineer program two months ago.