Intended Major: Anthropology
Intended Major: Computer Science
Junlong “Jun” Kwan grew up in Euclid, Ohio, and is a graduate of the Cleveland School of the Arts High School. At CSA, Jun was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and graduated within the top 5 of his class. In addition to completing an internship with NASA Glenn Research Center while in high school, he took part in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program, a team comprised of students and employees from AECOM (an engineering company) who worked together to create a 3D model of a potential architecture project. Jun is also an accomplished composer of music. During his time at CSA, he was a member of CSA Composers, an extracurricular group in which students had the opportunity to learn musical composition and have their pieces performed at the New Works Festival competition. While in CSA Composers, Jun composed over 62 pieces and had two of them, “Paradox Reign” and “Turmoil,” performed.
At Case Western Reserve, Jun intends to major in computer science with a minor in Japanese. He is a member of Theta Chi fraternity, eSports club and Baja SAE Motorsports club and also hopes to be involved with Habitat for Humanity. After graduation, Jun hopes to pursue a career as a game developer and computer programmer, or in digital music composition.
In his own words: “You will hear this often: THANK YOU! Because of your generosity and philanthropy, this program provided me the means to take two courses at CWRU and get credits for it, as well as be compensated over the summer. ESP didn’t just give me free education, credits, and some money, however. I gained a sense of what college demands of me and what it means to be my own person. For if I did not go through ESP before attending CWRU in the fall, I surely would have been miserable and lost. And just when it seems I could not get anything more from the program, I acquired new friends and made acquaintances with faculty who made it so that I would not be alone in my efforts to stay academically successful.”
Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering
Angelo Rini-Bearden is a graduate of the Design Lab Early College High School in Cleveland. During his high school career, he was a High Honor Roll student and captain of his school’s FIRST Robotics Competition team. As captain, he helped lead his team to win the industrial design award for the competition.
At Case Western Reserve, Angelo is majoring in mechanical engineering and is a member of the BAJA Club and the Firearms Club.
In his own words: “ESP is an amazing program and provides an amazing amount of support to its students and alumni.”
Intended Major: Philosophy and Political Science
Ken Schall is a graduate of the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at John Hay. At CSSM, he was a member of the mock trial team and National Honor Society, and he achieved High Honor Roll status. He plans to major in philosophy and political science and minor in ethics while at Case Western Reserve. Outside of the classroom, he is a member of the CWRU Undergraduate Mock Trial team.
After graduation, Ken plans on entering law school. His career aspirations include becoming a public defender or establishing a private practice.
In his own words: “Through the Emerging Scholars Program, I have been able to reach a preparation and success that I do not believe I could have reached otherwise.”
Intended Major: Biomedical Engineering
Jeremiah Ukwela is from Garfield Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Garfield Heights High School, where he was the salutatorian for his graduating class and an Honor Roll student. In addition, he achieved Ohio Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble ratings of 3 and 4. He was also involved in student council, National Honor Society, marching band, jazz band and concert band.
At Case Western Reserve, Jeremiah intends to major in biomedical engineering. Eventually, he hopes to pursue a master’s degree. Jeremiah is a member of CWRU Motorsports Baja and the Biomedical Engineering Society.
In his own words: “Without the support from the ESP program, I definitely would be in a much different place right now.”
Alex Van Belleghem
Intended Major: Biology