The OURA Scholarship Committee and the OU Scholarship Office are pleased to announce the selection of Adriana Deliz Gonzalez-Vega as the recipient of the University of Oklahoma Retirees Association Endowed Scholarship for 2021. Adriana is a 4th-year Electrical Engineering student originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, but later a resident of Yukon, Oklahoma. She both "found her true calling for electrical engineering and fell in love with OU" during a one-month AT&T Summer Bridge program in which she and 49 other incoming freshman engineers not only took math and pre-chemistry courses but also designed, built, and tested a working splash pad for an orphanage in Haiti.
At OU Adriana has been heavily involved in organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Latinos Without Borders, and the Hispanic American Student Association. She is the reigning Miss Hispanic OU for 2021-22 as well as the current Vice President of Recruitment for Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. During the past two summers she has interned with both ExxonMobil in Houston TX and Samsung Austin Semiconductor in Austin TX, utilizing these opportunities "to empower her community and bring about women in STEM awareness." Upon graduation she plans to attend graduate school, and after completing her Master's she "dreams of working for a large, successful company such as Samsung Austin Semiconductor, having always been fascinated by chip manufacturing and how electrical engineers are constantly progressing towards new innovations."
In closing her letter to the OURA, Adriana writes: "I would like to take a moment of your time to say thank you so much for awarding me the OU Retirees Association Endowed Scholarship. I am so thankful for your generous donation; this has relieved so much financial stress and has enabled me to focus more on my studies. I am the oldest of three, so the next couple of years will be a bit of a struggle on the financial end for my family and me. Because of this scholarship, I can pursue opportunities like my internship at Samsung and focus on my future career without having to worry about financial stress. I want to thank you again for this scholarship and your generosity! I truly wouldn't be where I am today without [such] support."