Isaac Sheard is a driven and self-motivated individual with a profound passion for aerospace engineering, cultivated by life-altering experiences. At Fairmont High School in Minnesota, he holds the Valedictorian position in the class of 2024. His project, "Breaking Barriers of Space: Apollo 11," achieved 1st place in Minnesota and ranked 4th nationally in the 2020 Junior Exhibit Category of the National History Day competition.
His leadership roles as the Robotics team captain and Programming Leader of FRC Team 2847 Megahertz showcase his ability to cultivate success. Under his leadership, the team secured their inaugural state berth during his sophomore year, followed by qualification for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in his junior year. They capped off that remarkable season by winning the Minnesota State Championship.
As a NASA Space Grant Consortium Research Intern at the University of Minnesota, Isaac contributed hands-on to aerospace challenges and satellite projects for NASA Ames Research Center. Beyond academics, his passion shines as a volunteer coach for elementary VEX robotics teams, elevating them to the state level with his guidance. Isaac's commitment extends to fostering a structured mentorship program for younger students, engaging in community outreach, and cherishing meaningful friendships.
The NSHSS Nobel Academic Excellence Scholarship recognizes high school juniors and seniors making a positive impact on society, and how college will help these students continue to make an impact for years to come.