STEM Forward’s $2,000 High School Scholarship Awarded to Benjamin Hermann

Congratulations to Benjamin Hermann of Pius XI Catholic High School for earning STEM Forward’s $2,000 scholarship.

Benjamin Hermann recently participated in STEM Forward's Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Waukesha Area Technical College. His machine had a restaurant theme.

Benjamin Hermann recently participated in STEM Forward's Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at Waukesha Area Technical College. His machine had a restaurant theme.

Benjamin, a Franklin resident, was one of 29 highly qualified high school seniors residing in southeastern Wisconsin who applied for our scholarship this year to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Benjamin will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall to study engineering.

“My inspiration to pursue a STEM job, specifically engineering, started with my involvement in the Future City Competition,” he said. “Since then, my interest has continued to grow.”

In addition to STEM Forward’s Future City Competition, Benjamin has participated in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest for three seasons, and served as co-captain when the team took home first place in the National Competition. He’s taken four years of challenging Project Lead The Way courses and earned college credits, and has participated in MSOE’s software engineering summer camp, Woodland Conference math competition and countless extra-curricular activities.

With all of these activities, Benjamin still finds time to work. He has experience working as a contracting assistant for Luettegen Contracting, as a stocker for Pick n' Save and as a home cleaner/organizer for the nonprofit organization, Project Pals.

“Ben demonstrates what it means to be a well-rounded student who is committed to school and service and balances his responsibilities accordingly,” said Catherine Zurawski, STEM Department Chair and Rube Goldberg teacher at Pius XI Catholic High School. “He demonstrates a high level of maturity and responsibility.”

Benjamin will be honored at STEM Forward’s 12th Annual Golf Outing Scholarship & Program Fundraiser at Morningstar Golfers Club on Aug. 17, 2017.

Attend the ceremony, enjoy a day on the golf course and help us support more scholarships for students pursuing a degree in STEM. Register here.