Charles Christopher "Chris" Bucher Memorial Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) or Education Scholarship

Must have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) curriculum or majoring in education in a STEM field. This scholarship is offered by his family in memory of our beloved Charles Christopher Bucher, known as Charles to his coworkers and Chris to his family.

Mr. Bucher worked in the journalism field for 10 years before switching to teaching Junior High Math. He taught in the Alvin Independent School District at Fairview Junior High (FJH), Alvin, Texas, for 9 years before moving to Santa Barbara, California where he taught at Goleta Junior High for 2 years. Mr. Bucher was diagnosed with cancer in 2019 and passed away in 2021.

Mr. Bucher was passionate about teaching math. From a small child he loved all things space related, especially Star Wars and Star Trek. He followed our space program religiously and won a coveted spot with the NASA Teacher Aerospace Externship Program in 2011.. He loved his students and did everything within his power to spark their interest in math.

As an introduction to his new school, Mr. Bucher wrote on his Goleta school blog of his accomplishments at Fairview, “I was a math teacher, mentor, trainer, instructional math coach, ELM curriculum design coach, PTO founding member, District curriculum and assessment writer, positive discipline committee leader, robotics club sponsor, and honorary FJH Band member at Fairview Junior High School in Alvin, TX.” In addition, he was Robotics Club Co-Founder and Grant Recipient, 2014 and 2015 [an after school program], was selected Fairview Junior High School Teacher of the Year in 2014 and was FJH Engaged Learning Model Design Coach and Positive Behavior Committee leader.

This scholarship is given in loving memory of Charles/Chris by his family to students who wish to follow in his footsteps.

Supplemental Questions
  1. CLICK ON "ADD A NEW REFERENCE" BELOW to provide the name and email address of someone in the community involved in your service who can provide a personal recommendation on your behalf. Note: This must be a different name than you provided on your General Application.
  2. Describe what you are passionate about. Explain why you are choosing to go into a career in one of the Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) curriculum or STEM education. What is your major? Your minor? In your chosen field of study, where do you see yourself in 10 years? 20 years? 30 years? Include any outside interests and hobbies. What do you do in/when you have spare time? Include community activities you have been involved in during your Junior and Senior High school years. Include, if any, actions you have taken to help those less fortunate than you. What approach do you take when encountering life’s difficulties? Describe any difficulties you have experienced (be general) and how you overcame them.