GEM Environmental is excited to spotlight our most recent scholarship recipient. Sofia Lomeli is a proud graduate from Mingus High School in Cottonwood, Arizona. She enjoys painting, volunteering, traveling, and trying new foods! She highly values STEM Education and believes it will be the main force in shaping our future for the better. Congratulations Sofia!
How did you hear about G.E.M. Environmental and this scholarship opportunity?
I heard about GEM Environmental and this scholarship through the Scholarship Fair at the Yavapai College.
Please provide a brief description highlighting your work/area of focus.
I will be majoring in Architectural Studies in the Fall at Arizona State University. I plan on studying abroad in Russia in the future to learn about principles of design there and implement them into my work.
If your scholarship funds HAVE NOT BEEN USED yet, how do you anticipate you will achieve success?
I anticipate achieving success through dedicating myself to my work and making meaningful connections along the way. The GEM Environmental funds will help make this an achievable goal.
I have two main goals behind my future architectural work: To give it a message of diplomacy and to implement sustainable practices wherever I can. By taking inspiration from eastern European designs into my work, I intend to create spaces in communities so individuals can embrace differences between the cultures and also find similarities.
Tell us what this scholarship means to you.
As a first generation student receiving the GEM Environmental scholarship has helped alleviate some of the financial stress that comes with pursuing a secondary education in STEM.