Meet the game changers

To empower and encourage the next generation of female tech leaders, Influenster chose five female students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a technical field of study to each receive an academic scholarship valued at $1,000 for the spring 2020 semester.

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“Influenster is dedicated to supporting female students in fulfilling their dreams of becoming leaders in their respective fields.”
Elizabeth Scherle
Co-Founder and President

Influenster 2020 women in stem
SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTs

Anna

“Having women role models, mentors, and supporters was instrumental in my life, and in the future, I want to provide that same encouragement for other young women in any way I can - donating to scholarships such as these, advocating tours for Girl Scouts and female STEM clubs at my place of employment, and answering any questions I’m asked.”

Anna Madison
University of California, Davis
Environmental Toxicology, ‘22
Bio
On a volunteer trip to Panama with the Girl Scouts in high school, Maddison opened her eyes to a view of environmentalism inclusive of complex factors such as industry, culture and government. She decided soon after to devote her studies to the emergent field of Environmental Toxicology, with interest in further exploring the negative impact of synthetic molecules on aquatic life, or the consequences of pesticides on lung and heart health.
Aysha

“...the best way to bring more women into STEM is to motivate everyone that you meet and once one person dives into male dominated fields, others will follow. It requires persistence, determination, and the understanding that you are capable of anything and that you are special - from one woman to another - which will allow more women to have the confidence and need to enter fields in STEM.”

Aysha Zaher
Rutgers-New Brunswick University
Genetics, Health & Society, ‘23
Bio
After the tragic and untimely death of her three-day-old sister who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, Zaher chose to turn fear and anger into action by pursuing a major in Genetics, with an interest in further understanding the differences in healthcare systems worldwide, particularly third-world countries. She ultimately plans to pursue a dual MD/PhD with the hopes of improving access to care for all people, regardless of race, gender or creed.
Beata

“I love technology and travel, and I’m currently working my dream job as a digital nomad: traveling and living with host families while building websites for a startup back in Montana. I want to spend my career breaking down the gender and language barriers in the tech world, so that everyone can have these same opportunities, and the power to make change in their own communities.”

Betta Delsordo
University of Montana
Computer Science and Spanish, ‘20
Bio
Growing up in a small rural community, Lyon-Delsordo had little exposure to women working in technology, but through personal interest and conviction, she taught herself to code. With an interest in addressing difficult community issues, she worked with a team to create an app geared towards suicide prevention in her state, and mentored other young women in developing technical solutions geared at tackling other complex issues. She’s received two President’s Volunteer Service Awards for her efforts.
Kisabeth

“I grew up believing that I was terrible at math and that this was a personal trait that could not be changed. Calculus was my biggest fear entering the College of Engineering. I have overcome and completed all Calculus requirements, even now tutoring Calculus to others.”

Jennifer Kisabeth
University of Kentucky
Civil Engineering, ‘22
Bio
After a six-year enlistment in the United States Navy, where she was tasked with the deployment of surveillance systems to track submarines, Kisabeth realized her passion for the world’s waterways extended even beyond her time served on a ship. She made the difficult decision to return to college to study Civil Engineering, with an aim to help lower health risks associated with unsanitary drinking water. She wants to use her personal lessons learned through life’s twists and turns to inspire women to dream big and pursue their passions.
Shayna

“Fun fact about myself: in high school, when I didn’t think about getting a career in STEM, I read a book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” and had a dream inspired by that book. I was in the Feynman’s head, speaking to all the famous physicists. It was so strange and exciting at the same time! I recalled this dream years after, when I started to apply to the physics graduate school. So my overall advice is to follow your dreams!”

Shaina Raklyar
New York City College of Technology
Biomedical Informatics, ‘20
Bio
Inspired by her mother, who was a single parent working as an engineer in Kiev, Ukraine and earning only $4 per day to support her family, Raklyar has been persistent in her pursuit of scientific studies through continued personal hardship that almost left her homeless in New York. She is an avid researcher and presenter, who is passionate about using data to help people communicate more effectively, whether they're from different cultures or have disabilities.

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