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Scholarship #thread

In this thread I will talk about all the scholarship I've received in my life until now.
And how this helped me to be where I am today
I've got my first scholarship on 7th grade of elementary school on 2006 by OBMEP(Brazilian Olympiad of Mathematics of the Public Schools).
This scholarship gave me a mathematics course every Saturday in a year.
It was completely different from math from high school.
this let me see math in a different way, much more fun and useful than before.
In the end of the course I went to an event with a lot of other students and great mathematicians of Brazil.
In that event, I had the opportunity to see someone wearing a USP (University of São Paulo) t-shirt, so public university wasn't so far anymore to a public school student like me, now it was feasible
I've got my second scholarship on 2008 again on OBMEP.
This 2 years doing mathematics course was really helpful to make me smarter and help me pass on public university exams.
On 2009, I was the first position on IFSP Guarulhos (Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo) exam for Programming and Development of Systems.)
I had some programming experience before, but at IFSP, I've started coding more than for hobby
We had a group of friends that compete against each other to code faster and do more complex games.
I've made a snake game, then a tetris and started working on a horizontal scrolling game like Mario using pascal and visual basic.
We made a really cool maze generator using visual basic, and used the left hand algorithm to solve them automatically.
On 2010, I've passed on 3 public universities exams for Computer Science course.
I was the first one on UNESP.
I've also passed on Federal University of São Carlos (Ufscar)
And also on USP São Carlos. I've decided to follow USP course.
As I was from public school, I've got a scholarship named Bolsa Fuvest, that is given for best students from public schools
I've learned a lot of core computer science concepts on graduation.
I've learned a lot of math and physics that are very useful when working on hard problems like graphs and machine learning.
I did scientific research from 2011 to 2014 with FAPESP scholarship

You can check some of my work on my Lattes CV: buscatextual.cnpq.br/buscatextual/v…
On 2012, I had an international paper approved on ICEIS (International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems).
It was a paper with my friend Vinícius that was doing masters at the time.
USP didn't have any fund for masters students, only had fund for undergrads and PhDs.
As most undergrads does not have an international paper, it was easy to get the fund to travel and present the paper
The conference was in Wroclaw, Poland.
I didn't know much english at the time.
I've made a transcript of the talk and speak in front of 30 people.
It was a great experience.
The airline lost my luggage, and I've got it back after 11 hours.
It was my first time travelling by airplane and to another country.
I had an opportunity to meet other computer science researches from the world.
I had another international paper accepted on 2013, same conference on Anger, France.
I spend one day in Paris, beautiful city.
I was much more comfortable with my englsh, the talk was fluid.
I had my first train experience in Europe, we really need this in Brazil.
My last scholarship was Science without Borders.
I had the opportunity to live the US college life.
They have much less classes than we do in Brazil, so you can have more time to work on something else
Grant values:
OBMEP 2006: Grant R$100,00 per month; Total Grant: R$1200,00
OBMEP 2008: Grant R$100,00 per month; Total Grant: R$1200,00
IFSP technical degree: Total Grant: not sure
USP university course: Total Grant: not sure
FAPESP scholarship: Grant: ~R$520,00 per month; Total Grant: R$ 24.960
ICEIS 2012: Total Grant: R$ 7000,00
ICEIS 2013: Total Grant: R$ 7000,00
Science Without Borders: Grant: USD300,00 per month + USD 1000,00 (to buy a laptop) + USD 3200,00 (buy travel tickets); Total Grant: 7800 + US college tuition
It takes a lot of money to educate a person!

So if you really want, there are a lot of scholarship available that you can got to help you reach your goals.

How I contribute back to society:
- I contribute to open source
- I mentor people so they can achieve they high potential
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