Dr. Alexander Sobel has awarded the fourth annual WISE (Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship to University of Washington freshman Merrill Keating. Keating is a mechanical engineering and artificial intelligence major.

This $1,500 WISE Scholarship award will not only go toward the cost of tuition but also toward other education-related expenses.

Keating was one of 35 high school sophomores who transferred directly into their first year of college at the University of Washington. Not only has she logged over 600 volunteer hours, but has helped organize and lead Bainbridge Island’s TEDxYouth student conference, started a Girl Up chapter in Seattle, and has encouraged an interest in STEM among members of the Boys and Girls Club and Girl Scouts.

“I feel it is my duty to heal and change the world through intelligent and ethical design, and to empower other girls and women in the pipeline to do the same,” said Keating in a press release. “My goal is to normalize the existence of girls and women in STEM education and STEM careers.”