Make It REAL Scholars honored with reception at The DeBruce Foundation

Recipients of the 2024 Make It REAL Scholarship pose with Leigh Ann Taylor Knight of The DeBruce Foundation and Chelsea Barbercheck of the KC STEM Alliance. They are each holding a colorful sign illustrating their top Agility.


The KC STEM Alliance team and  The DeBruce Foundation recognized the 2024 Make It REAL Scholarship recipients during a special celebration for families, teachers and friends on June 3. These inspiring students each earned a $500 scholarship by reflecting on their journey through PLTW – Project Lead The Way coursework and capstone projects, the skills they honed from the Agile Work Profiler, and how these experiences have shaped their future aspirations.

The event, hosted by The DeBruce Foundation, included the opportunity for students to get professional headshots and build their networks while enjoying beautiful views of the city.

A special shoutout to Miles Cohen from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School/Center of Academic Achievement, who received the inaugural Agilities Champion Award for his outstanding articulation of how he used his Agilities during his Engineering Design & Development capstone project.

Congratulations to each of the scholarship recipients:

  • Yuridia Abrego, Ruskin High School;
  • Brooke Alsup, Blue Springs High School;
  • Meredith Barry, Blue Springs High School;
  • Keyra Castillo Avila, Van Horn High School;
  • Miles Cohen, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School;
  • Maria Diaz, Van Horn High School;
  • Loretta Garoutte, Van Horn High School;
  • Valeria Hernandez, Van Horn High School;
  • Adilynn McGinley, Blue Springs High School; and
  • Chinyere Omeife, Blue Springs High School.