Kendall Kling

Awarded $2,500 on 6/15/2016

Kendall is a graduate of West Ottawa High School in Holland, Michigan and will attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana to study computer engineering and join the Army ROTC program. Kendall is honored to serve her country and develop through the leadership program.  Kendall’s involvement in her high school’s FIRST Robotics Team WOBOT #141 inspired her career aspiration in computer engineering with interest in automation and programming.  On the robotics team, she was a member of the design and fabrication team to produce the competitive robot in the 6-week build season. Kendall’s design for the robot’s mechanical arm was selected for the final design. Kendall’s interest in STEM began in middle school when she competed in Science Olympiad on the structural engineering teams, designing and building a balsa-wood bridge and tower with the best ratio of structural efficiency to meet test requirements and win several gold medals.  As a member of Robotics scouting team, she created a new and streamlined electronic method of maintaining scouting records that resulted in easier access to critical information as the team’s competition advanced in play.  As an advocate for women in STEM, she successfully increased female participation on the FIRST Robotics team by 57% after targeting recruiting information to parents and students during freshman orientation. Her FIRST Robotics team advanced to the World Championships two years in a row.

Kendall’s extracurricular activities include involvement with CTEE (Cultural Technological Environmental Exchange) to rebuild/refurbish obsolete computers for reuse in Cameroon, Africa.  She was a section leader in the school’s marching band, volunteers part-time at Renew Therapeutic Riding program where she assists horse riders with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and is an ambassador at Dutch Village Theme Park in Holland, Michigan to educate the park visitors about Dutch history and culture.  Kendall’s hometown is Holland Michigan.  The scholarship was sponsored by Cox Automotive.