“It’s always been my desire to help people and make an impact in my community and society as a whole. This led me to accept the invitation to volunteer as a Supply Chain advisor in implementing and developing a vigorous Career and Technical Education in Supply chain at Portland Community College (PCC). It was in one of the PCC advisory meetings that I became more interested in implementing and improving the education system in Ghana, Africa. During one of our meetings, we talked about how most students are visual learners and providing a job shadow will help children understand the fundamentals of supply chain. This experience connected with my desire to help underprivileged students who do not easily have access to varied opportunities which is easily accessible in developed countries like a job shadow field trip to NASA. This experience led me to the idea of using virtual reality (VR) to allow students in rural areas to explore the world beyond their physical surroundings in order to help them widen their dreams and imaginations, a catalyst for innovation and development.
I’ve been admitted in the Master of Education program in Technology, Innovation and Education (TIE) at Harvard University. My professional goal is to implement an affordable virtual reality educational curriculum that will expose students in rural areas to environments that they would otherwise find it difficult to access. By attending Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), I will gain the project based experience and research knowledge that will help me to be a part of pioneering the use of virtual reality technology to complement a curriculum in the education system in developing countries.
The PlanB scholarship means a lot to me. This award will help to reduce the financial burden as a graduate student and for this, I am extremely grateful. Not only does this award help me to pursue the career of my dreams, but it recognizes my passion for helping underserved students to improve their life chances with the help of technology.”
We wish you the best of luck Gillian and look forward to hearing more from you in the future!