- Sep 19
Meet the Class of 2021: Sophia Skwarchuk from Kalispell,...
Meet the Class of 2021: Sophia Skwarchuk from Kalispell, Montana
As a high school junior, Sophia Skwarchuk wanted to do more to alleviate hunger in Montana than take part in the occasional food drive. So she applied — and was accepted — to the Governor’s Youth Leadership Council to Fight Childhood Hunger, a group charged with devising innovative ways to combat the problem.
That’s when Skwarchuk came up with the idea for her app, Montana Eats, a database that would link those in need, as well as donors, to every food bank and emergency food resource in the state.
“When I was trying to compile information for the app, I really had to look all over the place to find these resources,” she said. “And if it was hard for me, imagine how hard it would be for someone in a situation where they needed food quickly.”
Skwarchuk had a great idea. But she also had a problem. She knew absolutely nothing about designing a smartphone app, and her small high school didn’t offer any computer science classes. So she did it the old-fashioned way. She headed to the library and taught herself.
“Before then, making an app hadn’t even crossed my mind,” she said. “It seemed like this scary thing. But once I gave it a try, I really got into it.”
Her interest in computer science was born. And as a U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) student now at Brown, Skwarchuk is considering merging that interest with her military training by pursuing studies and a career in cyber intelligence. Ultimately, her main goal for the future is one aligned with her work on the childhood hunger council — and with Brown’s mission.
“I just really hope to be able to find a way to contribute to the Brown community,” she said, “and that by being in the ROTC and the Army, I’ll be able to give back to the country and society at large as well.” Continue reading: http://bit.ly/2eV0WHF #Brown2021