Ben Kwapnioski holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA), specializing in International Business and Political Science. He also holds a certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy and Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance from Georgetown University. He has recently completed his Master of Science degree in Business Intelligence and Analytics from Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.
So many of us are hungry for knowledge and growth, but just like everything good in this world, success comes at a mighty price!
Ben is a recipient of a multitude of scholarships and funds that helped him achieve his goals – learn how he grabbed these opportunities here. This is his story.
Ben is a recipient of:
- Connect Nebraska IT grant
- Western Union Scholarship – for undergraduate students between 18-26 years of age wishing to pursue a degree in the following fields: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business/entrepreneurship.
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- Udacity Scholarship – for tech students.
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- Google IT Support Professional Certificate Coursera Scholarship – offered by careercircle.com to 30 CareerCircle members. Through this scholarship, you will have the opportunity to apply for either the Google IT Support Professional Certificate or the Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate. Click HERE! for more.
1. Describe the application process in brief.
You can apply online, through the state workforce development office, or even through your school’s financial aid office.
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Could be your story. Feel free to write about anything fun, deep, emotional or motivating!
The software engineering course I was admitted into is going very well!
I was always scared of building things from scratch as I was always afraid of breaking them. I felt like an imposter around those on my past teams who were really good at coding. I did not realize how welcoming the community is to those who have just begun learning to code.
It hasn’t been long since I started this course, but so far I have learned that with my anxiety, I need to step back from looking at the code sometimes, take a break, and then look at it with fresh eyes. I have written more lines of code from scratch than I used to do before just by finding pre-existing code to use and modifying it according to my goals.
At first, I was really struggling but the program manager at Momentum found a way for me to be a teaching assistant and take part in the first cohort of the Momentum@Morehouse program. In this new role, I even get to use my skills in personal branding, resume writing, interviewing, optimizing LinkedIn, etc. to help out other students.
Just 4 weeks in, I am tired and my brain hurts but the synapses in my brain firing up from all the excitement of learning about the different aspects of coding. 🧠
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3. Major accomplishments
Finishing my Masters! Taking part as a teaching assistant in the first cohort of the Momentum@Morehouse program was also amazing!
4. Why do you think you were selected?
I like helping others and connecting them to the plethora of opportunities out there. Maybe that was why I was selected?!
5. Any failures or rejections?
Unfortunately, my Connect Nebraska grant was unfunded but I was able to keep paying for my Masters through wages from my internships.
6. Any advice you would like to give to future applicants?
Be your full authentic self!
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