The Current Watson Scholars

Meet the student innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs working to solve the world’s biggest problems.

  • Nathan Jaffe, South Florida
    focused on the dynamics between the pursuit of higher education and career opportunities for the next generation.
  • Anahit Mkrtchyan, South Florida
    mission is to prove that the possibilities are endless.
  • Isaac King, South Florida
    wants to keep his head and vision clear use his knowledge and skills for the benefit of society, rather than himself.
  • Maria-Isabell Abrahamsson, South Florida
    interested in learning more on how learning management systems can alter the educational experience of students.
  • Wainright Acquoi, South Florida
    wants to keep his head and vision clear use his knowledge and skills for the benefit of society, rather than himself.
  • Samuel Nvota, South Florida
    wants to keep his head and vision clear use his knowledge and skills for the benefit of society, rather than himself.
  • James Okina, South Florida
    believes strongly that our world is in a deep mess because of the mistakes of yesterday and if we must make things right, then we must start by preparing the children today for tomorrow
  • Regina Zhyldyzbekova, South Florida
    changing the educational system in Kyrgyzstan by focusing on improving its nationwide curriculum.
  • Ja’dan Johnson, South Florida
    wants to help youth cultivate ideas that create positive impact on the world.
  • Bryan Nakambonde, South Florida
    wants to prove that if we had many versions of Bill Gates strategically focusing on improving smaller regions of the world, many people can be uplifted from poor living standards at a quicker pace.
  • Brima Bangura, South Florida
    seek to address the lack of clean drinking water for underprivileged people in Sierra Leone.
  • Reagan Fox, South Florida
    believes that every human has the potential to make a change in our world but they can’t due to the restrictions upon them.
  • Meghan Kalvey, South Florida
    Meghan is the Founder of, FindQlarity, an online platform that provokes thought and makes the self-inquiry process more efficient (having our questions, responses, thoughts, and ideas stare back at us have a faster impact than an acknowledgment of these reactions when they stay in our mind).
  • Albert Vrzgula, South Florida
    Albert’s mission is to increase youth engagement within political education, utilizing conference-style platforms with the intention of promoting social and political awareness.
  • Chloe Cobb, South Florida
    Chloe’s mission is to create a fashion line that focuses on the beauty of women no matter her shape or size called L.O.L.I.P.O.P which means “Labels of Love, I’m Pretty On Purpose”. She wants to have labels within each piece of clothing expressing how beautiful, strong, and powerful they are as women.
  • Xiomara Florencio, South Florida
    Xiomara’s mission is to change the system and policies around welfare and housing with the intention of bridging the gap between lower-income communities.
  • Uchechukwu Ogbonn, South Florida
    Uchechukwu intends to work on an enterprise centered around mental health with the aim of fighting the stigma and making the service available where access is limited.
  • Tijn Jakobs, South Florida
    After working with various refugee camps in Greece, Tijn intends to set up a venture with the sole purpose to better the living conditions that displaced people reside in.
  • Rachael Stern, South Florida
    Rachael’s mission is to develop a venture tentatively named, Home. A social enterprise focused on the elimination of food waste within communities and educating previously incarcerated women to be cooks. Home would also provide pay for what you can/donation-based meals.
  • Pratima Thami, South Florida
    Pratima’s mission is to create a safe and healthy environment where every child can reach their full potential and every woman can have social, economic, and political equality.
  • Pablo Cuellar, South Florida
    Pablo’s mission is to bring sneakers to a new emerging demographic of people that are interested in the benefits of helping the society and environment around them.
  • Milena Kirillova, South Florida
    Milena's mission is to create an environmental international exchange program for young students from Russia and other countries to increase their environmental awareness and at the same time expose them to a different culture.
  • Lima Sarhadi, South Florida
    Lima's father once told her, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” Like her father, Lima believes that education is the key to success and plans to fight to achieve her goals and ignore those voices telling her she can’t, not just for herself but for girls who can't speak for themselves.
  • Jordan Mitchell, South Florida
    Jordan is focused on developing a clothing brand called, Quality Clothing. Their mission is to foster a community that engages influencers and their audiences in social change through the creation of sustainable merchandise.
  • Jonathan Kibe, South Florida
    As the Founder of the LOVE Project, Jonathan is focused on creating awareness concerning mental and emotional health in African communities.
  • Chris Taylor, South Florida
    Chris’s mission is to give opportunities and promote positivity. Whether that be through college or a sustainable career without the need for college.
  • Cameron Casados, South Florida
    Cameron’s mission is to provide high school students and college grads with jobs/internships. Understanding the integration of experience/knowledge in a way that allows students to pay off student loans and work towards developing a sustainable future.
  • Antonia Ndumba, South Florida
    Antonia's mission is to create a safe space for children to stay engaged with meaningful extracurricular activities and help women generate income for themselves within her home country of Namibia.
  • Anthony Dace, South Florida
    As the Founder of GBX, Anthony is working to empower youth by teaching them creative confidence and applied creativity. The ultimate goal is to help them become contributing members to a greater community.
  • Alyssa Tivin, South Florida
    Alyssa’s mission is to educate herself more about nursing homes. Her ideal goal is to create a not-for-profit nursing home.
  • Ali Sandoval, South Florida
    Aliesana has recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Because of this, she would like to help others, especially teenagers, win this battle by cross-pollinating with both Eastern & Western practices/medicines in order to facilitate physical/mental healing.