05 Apr Nathaniel Henriques – a ChaTech Scholarship story
With the deadline for ChaTech scholarships looming, the story of one of last year’s recipients reminds us why we invest in our future tech talent. Read more about Nathaniel Henriques, a 2017 ChaTech Scholarship recipient, and how ChaTech fits into his higher education.
2017 ChaTech Scholarship Recipient
When ChaTech presented scholarships to 12 local students with future career plans in technology last June, an energetic, tech-savvy, Nathaniel Henriques was among them.
A computer science major at Covenant College, Nathaniel decided to apply for a scholarship, after learning about it from a friend who had applied. He realized he could do the same thing. So, June 2017, he received an IT scholarship to be used toward the funding of his final year of school this year.
“I felt both honored and excited to be selected for the scholarship,” the Windsor, CT native said.
Throughout childhood, Nathaniel was interested in computers and building things, he says, but only discovered computer science as a major after previewing at Covenant College. Computing technology and its ability to connect people were a constant fascination for him, which is why he says choosing Computer Science as a major was natural.
Through his studies, he has landed internships with Chick-fil-A’s corporate office, testing integrations, and with BlueCross BlueShield, where he says he gained real-world experience in the technology field.
“I don‘t think I’ve met a more enthusiastic group of people,” he said. “It’s not hard to look around and see Chattanooga and see tons of opportunities and people who are passionate about what they do, like the larger companies, BlueCross BlueShield, and smaller companies like Skuid.”
Nathaniel professes his love of working in a corporate setting, and of pursuing careers, but after graduation, he confesses he will probably wait a few years before working full-time. His current interest is pursuing an MBA.
To up-and-coming IT students, his advice is to take career-related courses and to seek opportunities for professional growth.
“The worst that could happen is a no,” he said. “Persevere, get through school, and pursue internships. Take each and every opportunity you’ve got.”
If you are or know a college student with a declared IT major from an area university, download the application for this year’s scholarship here. If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.