Nadia Ferrer | Supplied photo
Updated: August 8, 2014 11:38AM
Nadia Ferrer, of Olympia Fields, is among the Chicago-area teenagers recently selected to be part of the 2014 Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer.
The program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, awards the students a paid eight-week summer internship at a local nonprofit and a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to participate in the Bank of America Student Leadership Summit, according to a press release about the program.
The students are working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago or at Working in the Schools, which promotes literacy.
Ferrer is a recent graduate of Southland College Prep Charter High School who will be attending Tufts University on a full-ride scholarship as a QuestBridge Scholar and plans to study either human factors engineering or cognitive and brain sciences, the release said.
In high school, Ferrer was valedictorian of her class and vice president of the National Honor Society, the release said.
Ferrer has fiercely sought out opportunities to be an active volunteer and student in the science, technology, engineering and math community, including being a science and math tutor, volunteering at the Museum of Science & Industry, and participating in summer education programs at MIT and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an online introductory engineering course provided by Brown University, the release said.
She hopes to someday start her own design consulting firm focused on engineering services, as well as her own foundation to provide underserved youth who are as eager to learn as she is, as well as access to education and outside resources, it said.
Ferrer is interning at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago at the Ford Heights location, the release said.