The CNY STEM Scholars program is a partnership between SRC, King + King, Schneider Packaging Equipment Company, C&S Companies, Carrier Corporation, the CNY STEM Hub, and Partners for Education and Business. This program is for high school seniors entering a higher education program in the fall.

These scholarships are designed to support the best and brightest students in the Central New York Region in their quest to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in college. All scholarship applicants are judged on their academic achievement and extracurricular activities, as well as the essay and an interview.

Elise Ranieri has been selected as King + King’s 2017 CNY STEM Scholars recipient.  Elise enjoys the feeling of accomplishment and the creative expression achieved from creating an idea and then completing the final project. During her sophomore year of high school she took a course entitled “Civil Engineering and Architecture” through the Project Lead the Way program which solidified her desire to pursue a career in Architecture.  In this class, she used Revit software to design a computer model of a hotel project that would support the county amphitheater.  She learned about building codes and requirements for operating a hotel with a bathing beach, swimming pool and liquor license.  She was in charge of site ingress, egress and the design portions of the first floor 130-room facility.  During this project she worked under the mentorship of engineers from C&S Companies and architects from King & King Architects.  After taking the course, Elise continued on to job shadow at King & King Architects, Harmony Architects and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

She volunteers with the St. Charles – St. Ann’s Youth in Ministry group that provides services to many places throughout the community such as: the Matthew 25 Farm where they harvest vegetables and deliver them to local food pantries; the Brady Children’s Faith Center where she helps host a vacation Bible school each summer; the Oxford Inn Men’s Shelter where an annual barbeque is held to cook and serve dinner to homeless men; bringing a gift and spending a morning with inner city school children at Christmas time; and visiting the St. Camillus Senior Center where she plays bingo with the residents.

She plans on majoring in Architectural Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. This unique major will allow her to learn about Architecture and Civil Engineering simultaneously, strengthening both her creative and technical side.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Elise plans on completing a Masters Degree in Architecture.

Congratulations Elise!

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