A Washington State University Tri-Cities student will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to a science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM conference thanks to a national organization.
Fernando Serna is one of 107 scholars to receive the Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award from the Great Minds in STEM organization, a release said. He will participate in networking opportunities while attending the conference in Pasadena in mid-October.
He was an English language learner in grade school but his reading improved dramatically by the second grade, according to a release.
He is pursuing an electrical engineering degree at WSU Tri-Cities and hopes to work for Lockheed Martin.
He said he looks forward to flying on an airplane for the first time and meeting representatives from some of the best engineering companies in the world at the upcoming conference, the release said.