Orchard Announces 2022 Women In STEM Scholarship Recipient
NEW YORK, May 10, 2022 – Orchard, the company that is radically simplifying home buying and selling, today announced Jazmyn Weeks as the first recipient of Orchard’s scholarship for Women In STEM. The Georgia resident will receive a one-time payment of $2,500 to subsidize educational costs towards a neuroscience degree from Barnard College in New York, NY.
Jazmyn, who is a first-generation American of African and Caribbean parents, says that she was inspired to pursue a degree in neuroscience after her mother’s stroke in 2019. Watching her mother recover, she wondered how science could help restore brain tissue and neural pathways to give brain injury patients quicker recovery times. Jazmyn has already accepted a spot at Barnard College in New York City, where she will begin her studies in fall 2023. She first plans to take a gap year to volunteer with various women’s empowerment initiatives and do additional neuroscience research.
“Being a first-generation American, I have seen firsthand how working nonstop affects your free time and, consequently, your academics. The Orchard Scholarship will allow me to be fully engaged in my studies, and will reduce the financial stress of pursuing my degree. I hope to become a distinguished Black woman, learning alongside fellow ambitious women of various ethnicities and ultimately making a difference for brain injury patients and their loved ones,” says Jazmyn.
Orchard received over 750 applications from around the world. Applicants were asked to share what inspired them to pursue a career in STEM, and to articulate how $2,500 could help in pursuing their goals. In order to be considered, applicants were required to identify as a woman of color with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or the international equivalent.
“Higher education is a massive financial burden for many families and we hope to remove one of the many obstacles facing women in STEM. By contributing to the cost of a quality education, we can help more women to successfully pursue and complete their STEM-related degrees,” says Lorraine Buhannic, Head of People at Orchard.
According to research compiled by Maryville University, female-identifying professionals currently make up 28 percent of workers in STEM-related occupations and are much less likely to declare STEM-related degrees. Of this percentage, women of color comprise only five percent of the science and engineering workforce. Scientific American reports that 45 percent of women in STEM later leave their jobs because they feel underpaid and underrepresented.
“A huge part of Orchard’s success can be attributed to female-identifying employees across our tech, engineering and product teams. As a woman working in tech, I believe it is important to see other women driving innovation and leading teams to solve interesting challenges. We hope that Orchard can help more women to enter STEM professions, and that other companies will follow in creating opportunities for women and underrepresented groups,” adds Buhannic.
Orchard plans to make the Women in STEM Scholarship an annual initiative. For more information on the Women in STEM Scholarship, including scholarship eligibility requirements, how to apply, and the selection process, visit Orchard’s blog.
The scholarship review committee included a diverse selection of Orchard employees from different departments and personal backgrounds. Each essay question was graded on a 1-100 scale, and essays with the highest scores were reviewed a second time by the full committee to determine a winner.
In a world where buying anything has become as simple as “point, click, purchase”, Orchard is bringing that same ease to life’s biggest financial decision — buying a home. We combine brokerage, mortgage, title, and technology to make the obstacles that lie between our customers and the home of their dreams disappear. Orchard customers win their next home, skip the traditional home sale hassles, and ultimately get to enjoy the experience. Orchard is headquartered in New York City and offers its services in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Oregon, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington. It’s the new way to home. Learn more at https://orchard.com/