The CEI Internship Program at LabForce CEI fosters skills in high school students in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Phoenix. The program, which runs throughout the year, includes laboratory work, community engagement, and event management. Skills are honed through research projects, networking, mentorship, and hands-on learning. Interns leave with exposure to numerous fields to help decide future steps in secondary education. 

Luis Hernandez, a Bioscience High School senior and CEI Intern, applied for the Flinn Foundation Scholarship. Over 1,000 applicants are whittled down to 20 scholars, a 2% accepted rate. After a rigorous application process, Luis was accepted as a Flinn Foundation Scholar!

“I am excited to be able to continue my education and serve my community in the future through this incredible opportunity with Flinn. I know this is an honor, and I plan to give back as much as I can in the future,” Hernandez said.

The scholarship, valued at more than $130,000, covers tuition, fees, housing, food, and even studying abroad at one of Arizona’s three public universities. Luis will attend the University of Arizona in Tucson to pursue a pre-med track.

While Luis was an incredible intern at CEI through its partnership with Bioscience High School, his journey started with CEI two years ago. He attended the first Careers in STEAM camp and has attended every year since.

“Being a part of CEI allowed me to explore opportunities in the medical field and see if I was actually interested while having fun. As much as it was educational here, it was done in a way that I enjoyed and wanted to keep coming back. I want to keep laying the foundation for other kids like me to have the opportunity to do something outside of what has been expected, and programs like this are a great stepping stone to the future.”

His family experienced a disconnect with medical providers due to language barriers and a lack of understanding during his aunt’s health issues. Luis is focused on completing the pre-med program at the University of Arizona and then continuing on to medical school so that he can serve his community. His goal? Close the gap and provide service to all communities. 

We are looking forward to seeing all that Luis accomplishes!

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