Rino Nori High School Scholarship

The Rino Nori High School Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity tailored for high school students who have recently completed either 11th or 12th grade. It provides exceptional students with a platform to showcase their achievements and pursue their academic aspirations. To be considered, applicants must meet the qualifications outlined below and submit a captivating essay on a technology-related topic. Applications are accepted annually in July, and award notifications typically occur in September/October.

This scholarship offers a unique opportunity for passionate students to demonstrate their knowledge and dedication to STEM while getting assistance in pursuing their academic goals.

How Much? Award Amount is $2,500 Annually

Who is eligible? The following criteria must be met:

    • A child of current FWSIM Member in good standing (no AR  balances)
    • Completed 11th or 12th grade in High School in the year of the award and is higher education
    • Applicant must not have previously won this FWSIM award

When is the submission window?  Annually in the month of July.

How and what to submit? All qualifying submissions must have the following 3 components:

    • Application: Completed application (2023 FWSIM HS Scholarship Application)
    • Transcript: Legible and complete copy of high school transcript as graduation showing a GPA.  If the GPA is not standard (0-100, F-A, 0-4.0) please provide an explanation of grading and if available official high school description of grading methodology.
    • Essay: Attachment of 1,500-2,500 word essay on topic:
      “From Classroom to Career: Describe and analyze the skills and learning strategies you would employ to position yourself as a competitive candidate for a promising STEM career path that may not yet exist or is vastly different than today. Identify the key characteristics and behaviors of effective leaders of the future in the Intelligence era.  Describe how you have personally exhibited these characteristics both in and out of school and how you plan to prepare yourself for the unknown.”

All three required components must be emailed to Anna Ransley, FWSIM Scholarship Chair (anna@ranetix.com) within the submission timeframe listed above, with a cc to the sponsoring FWSIM member.

If the applicant does not receive an email confirmation of submission receipt, they must contact Anna as soon as possible to prevent submissions from being filtered by spam or other filters.

How are the winners selected?  FWSIM members will evaluate and rank the essays; the awards will be based upon GPA (on a 4.0 basis) and essay rankings. In case of a tie the respective award will be shared amongst the winners.

What if I have more questions?  Please reach out to me via anna.@ranetix.com if you have any questions.




2022 – Afra Rafi

Afra Rafi is the daughter of FWSIM member, Rafi Mohamed.

Afra is currently a freshman at the University of Connecticut pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

She hopes to be a physician in the future, and though she hasn’t settled on a specialization, genetics and emergency medicine interest her.

Her hobbies outside of school are reading, getting coffee, taking walks outside, and playing sudoku.



2021 – Nicole Satanovsky

Nicole Satanovsky is the daughter of FWSIM member, Dmitry Satanovsky.  At the time of receiving the award, Nicole was a senior at Weston High school. Nicole pitched for the Varsity softball team and played first violin in Weston’s Symphonic Orchestra.

Nicole founded a community outreach music and arts club, Weston Arts for a Cause, in which club members create musical videos and host virtual concerts for senior citizens in the community. The club has delivered over 150 videos since the start of the pandemic.

In addition, Nicole had an internship with Elayne and James Shoke Jewish Family Services, a local nonprofit organization, where she participated in the development of a digital platform for the distribution of groceries to Holocaust survivors and lower income families in Connecticut.

Nicole plans to study psychology and human services in college and is interested in how technology and innovation can help improve people’s lives.



2020 – Manvitha Mullapadi

Manvitha (Manvi) Mullapadi is the daughter of FWSIM member, Ram Mullapadi. Manvi graduated from Wilton High School in Connecticut during the spring of 2020.  At the time of receiving the award, she was gearing up to attend Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio and planning on being a Cognitive Science and Nutrition double major on the pre-med track with the goal of going to medical school and becoming a doctor after she graduates.

Some of her major extracurriculars were figure skating, singing, and debate. Additionally, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends in her free time.