Two High Tech Students to Enter Google Virtual Programs

(Mountain View, CA–May 29, 2019) The Generation Google Scholarship committee, in conjunction with the Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI), has selected two seniors from High Tech High School, Abakir Hanna of Jersey City and Bayonne resident Fady Besada, both of whom study Design and Fabrication, to participate in virtual programs, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

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.

Originally waitlisted for the traditional CSSI, Besada recently learned of his acceptance into the virtual program, although he did not receive a Generation Google Scholarship. 

In addition to their Google successes, both won $40,000 through Amazon’s Future Engineer program two months ago.

The Generation Google Scholarship helps aspiring computer scientists excel in technology and become leaders in the field. Applicants have been chosen from a pool and scholarships awarded on the basis of each candidate’s impact on diversity, demonstrated leadership, and academic background. Scholarship selection decisions will be communicated in June.

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