Q&A with Sezzle Scholar Jonathan Olaleye

First-year CSE student and tech enthusiast aims high

By the time Jonathan Olaleye applied to the University of Minnesota, he had already taught himself how to code, built his own website, and assembled his own gaming computer. Now, he’s a first-year University Honors Program student in the College of Science and Engineering and the inaugural recipient of a full, four-year scholarship funded by a new collaboration with Minneapolis-headquartered digital payment solution Sezzle.

Olaleye, who graduated with Highest Honors from Champlin Park High School in Champlin, Minn., plans to major in computer science or computer engineering. He has ambitious goals, including pursuing graphic design, building websites and apps, and starting his own business.

“This is a big deal, not only for me, but for my family,” Olaleye said of receiving the scholarship. “It removes so much stress associated with the financial side of college. There are a lot of things that I want to do over the next few years and after I earn my degree. Not having to worry about money, in the way that I otherwise would have, lets me focus on those things. Right now, all I can be is extremely grateful and make the most of this opportunity.”

Learn more about Olaleye and his aspirations in the video below:

Students are eligible to be considered for the Sezzle Scholarship if they are a first-year, full-time undergraduate student in the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering studying toward a degree in the area of computer science, computer engineering, or data sciences.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate financial need and preference will be given to students who are from Minnesota or reciprocity states. When possible, additional preference will be given to students who will enhance the diversity of the student body as described by the University. First-year students are automatically considered for scholarships and do not need to apply.

Read about the new Sezzle Scholarship and its U of M alumni founders.

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