Student Earns CGCS Scholarship

Hume-Fogg Grad Awarded Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship
Posted on 06/30/2021
Emmi Offutt, a 2021 graduate of Hume-Fogg High school, has been selected as one of four recipients of the 2021 Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship.

Offutt competed with hundreds of otherOffutt applicants from big-city school districts around the nation to receive this prestigious honor. Graduating seniors were awarded based on their academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement.

“Emini is an outstanding scholar with exceptional character,” said Dr. Kellie Hargis, Principal at Hume-Fogg. “It was such a joy to watch him grow as a learner and leader during his time at Hume-Fogg. We could not be prouder of his accomplishments both in and out of the classroom, including being honored with this scholarship.”

The CGCS scholarship was created by former NASA astronaut and first African-American to walk in space, Dr. Bernard Harris. Harris created the scholarship to promote and encourage students from diverse backgrounds, with interests in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), to continue in the educational field beyond high school.

“These scholarships are a wonderful way to promote academic excellence in math and science and foster the next generation of STEM leaders,” said Harris. “The achievements and aspirations of these young men and women are truly inspirational and it is my hope that the scholarships they receive will propel them to a future of fulfilling their dreams,” Harris continued.

Offutt will receive a $5,000 scholarship to continue his STEM education in computer science at Vanderbilt University. Offutt wants to utilize his education to impact technology and the health care industry where he currently serves on the Coronavirus Visualization Team, a student-led initiative from Harvard University dedicated to producing visualizations and analyzing data to help defeat COVID-19.

CGCS provides administrative oversight of the scholarship program and Dr. Harris select the final recipients.