About Us

Our Mission

Helping the world innovate and solve the most challenging problems by empowering those who are often overlooked

The Crew

Tuan Ho
CEO and Co-founder

Tuan came to the U.S. from Vietnam at the age of 10. He graduated from Boston Latin Academy with high honors. His family was unable to help him pay for college so Tuan took matters into his own hands and wrote over 120 essays to apply for 40 scholarships, earning a full ride to get his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Tuan started ScholarJet with the hopes of creating a better and more exciting future where students can bring innovation into the world by showcasing their skills and talent and be rewarded for it through scholarships and career advancement.

Tuan has humbly accepted a number of honors and awards: the Young Leader In Recognition (at the age of 15) from the Harvard Institute of Politics, The Priscilla Chan Stride Fellow from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, BostInno's 25 Under 25, Forbes 30 Under 30, and the Spark Impact Winner for Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Mayor Walsh of Boston. Most importantly, he can basically do backflips at will.

Joseph Alim
COO and Co-founder

Joe, named BostInno 25 Under 25 and Forbes 30 Under 30, is a first-generation American from Brooklyn, New York. He pursued his passion for engineering at Northeastern University, earning a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Engineering Management. He gained engineering experience through co-ops at GE Aviation, Instron and Medtronic.

Joe faced many obstacles trying to pay for college, navigating hundreds of scholarships. Based on his personal experience and seeing many of his peers left behind, he realized the need for a more easily accessible scholarship model, lead him to co-found ScholarJet. With his engineering mindset, Joe leads ScholarJet's daily operations.

Around Boston, you can find Joe trying to reach new heights at a local rock climbing gym or zooming around the city on his road bike.

Francisco Calderon
CTO and Co-founder

Francisco, named Forbes 30 under 30, came to the United States from the Dominican Republic with his mother and brothers when he was 11 years old. He went to school in Boston until he returned to the Dominican Republic when he was 14, a decision his mother made to keep him away from the rising crime in their community. At the age of 18, with a high school diploma, he came back to the United States to attend college. He first obtained his Associate's degree in Computer Science from Bunker Hill Community College, and ultimately scored a full scholarship to Northeastern University for a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Francisco is the man behind all of ScholarJet's platform code.

Jasmine Tudor
Director of Marketing

Jasmine hails from Bellevue, WA and is a true Pacific Northwest native. She earned her Bachelor's in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing at the University of Washington and was granted both College and Departmental Honors. She later earned her Master's in Science for Interactive Digital Media at Trinity College Dublin with Distinction.

Between earning her degrees, she worked in the Web and Marketing departments at companies such as Nordstrom and glassybaby before opening her own Digital Marketing and Web Design/Development company. As a proud Black woman, she has a passion for social justice and activism, and wants to use her marketing and tech skills to make our country an equal and just place for all. She decided to join ScholarJet after meeting the fabulous team and believing in their mission: to equalize higher education by revolutionizing the scholarship process.

Albert Lee
Software Developer

Born in South Korea, Albert's family was the first generation to step out of their homeland. They moved to China when he was 14. Struck by the vast difference in culture and education, he was inspired to take himself one step further and pursued a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Northeastern University. Following his experiences at New Pathway Education and Novartis, Albert became even more aware of the positive impact that a quality education can have.

As a full stack developer with a passion for furthering his own education and pushing others to do the same, ScholarJet's mission resonated with him. He leapt at the chance to help others who are struggling to succeed and truly believes education is the key to solving the world's biggest problems.


Amy Dang
Social Media Ambassador

Amy was born in Vietnam but immigrated to the United States when she was three years old with her parents, who, along with her sister, have made a home in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Boston to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Interaction Design at Northeastern University. She is currently seeking a career in either user research or data visualization.

Amy is very passionate about equalizing educational opportunities for all. As a child, she grew up in districts with both under- and well-funded education systems, and observing the educational disparities between these areas has inspired her to work with ScholarJet's wonderful group of individuals who share the same sentiment about the importance of education and the same desire to advance opportunities.

Silver Li-Situ
Social Media Ambassador

Born in Kaiping, China, Silver is a first-generation immigrant from a low-income family. She beat the odds against her. She went from living out of her suitcases, attending under-funded urban public school to attending Boston College on a full scholarship and receiving a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a Foundation in Education. Perseverance, resourcefulness and diligence are in her nature. She is multilingual, has a great sense of responsibility to give back to the community and is passionate about being an advocate for those in poverty.

As a first-generation college student, Silver resonates with the mission of ScholarJet. She seized the opportunity to help students like her and hopes one day there will be no financial barriers stopping students from achieving their goals.

Sam Cestari
Operations Intern

Sam is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Finance with minors in Psychology, Economics and Sport Analytics at Syracuse University. In addition to his academics, Sam coordinates a financial literacy initiative through the Mary Ann Shaw Center. By running the program, he has had the opportunity to meet inner city students face-to-face and understand their daily struggles and perspectives on education. Given that the City of Syracuse is one of the most impoverished areas in America, this has been a real eye-opening experience for him.

Sam is an avid Boston sports fan and loves to play basketball in his free time. Someday he wishes to travel the world and experience the many gifts it has to offer.

Caolan Disini
Software Development Intern

Caolan lived in the Philippines his whole life until he moved to Boston to start his college education at Boston University. He quickly put himself to work at pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and is now a rising senior with a lot of experience under his belt. Caolan has used his knowledge in assisting the community by coordinating through the university's Spark! Initiative, where he has partnered up with local businesses and startups to provide work and advice.

Caolan is a hobby 3D modeller and loves producing content for virtual reality. He is also one of the leaders of his university's Virtual Reality Club and is always on top of the latest trends in the field.

Annie Wu
Marketing Analytics Intern

Born in Beijing, China, Annie is a rising senior at Boston University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Statistics and Psychology. She is interested in business and believes there is valuable insight lying in data, which can help with operations and marketing decisions. She served as a peer mentor this past year, helping first-year students adjust to college. She gladly utilized her experience and knowledge of psychology to assist those in need of guidance.

Annie is passionate about sports, especially tennis. Her favorite tennis player is Novak Djokovic, and her goal is to watch at least one match for each grand slam.


Michael Brown
Advisor & Investor
Mike recently joined Toast, Inc. to lead the Talent Organization. He has experience leading HR and Talent at high-growth tech companies. As VP of Talent, Mike focuses on aligning culture to business strategy and implementing programs that support employee experience at the organization in order to attract and retain top talent. Mike has over 14 years of experience attracting and retaining top talent for rapid growth software companies, technology consultancies, as well as time spent in agency staffing. Prior to Toast, Mike led Talent, HR, and L&D for SHYFT Analytics where he helped the company become an employer of choice ultimately steering the company to a healthy acquisition by Medidata (MDSO) in 2018. Prior to SHYFT, Mike was the Global Director of Talent Acquisition for Acquia, an enterprise open source software company. There Mike drove rapid growth taking the company from 100 to more than 750 employees globally. During his time at Acquia they achieved recognition as Fastest Growing Software Company by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and Inc 500, as well as winning Best Places to Work by Boston Business Journal. Mike began his career and held leadership positions with a variety of Boston area staffing and consulting firms including WinterWyman, LeapFrog Systems, and Softworld. Mike holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology from Ithaca College.
Christina Luconi
Advisor & Investor
Christina Luconi leads Rapid7’s strategic people initiatives as its Chief People Officer. She is responsible for the entire employee lifecycle, with critical focus on recruiting stellar talent, building and inspiring corporate culture, acquisition integration and “scaling with soul.” Prior to joining Rapid7, Christina was the owner of People Innovations, a consulting firm focused on the creation of innovative people strategies for start-ups and high growth companies. Christina also served as Chief People Officer at @stake, a professional services security firm which she helped build from the launch through its acquisition to Symantec. She also played the role of Vice President of People Strategy at Sapient Corporation. Joining the company prior to its public offering, she was responsible for building the people-focused side of the company from the ground up, aligning business strategy with people needs. Christina has been featured in several articles and is a frequent speaker regarding her visionary approach to people strategy and culture, and for her disdain for old-school “human resources.” She is currently an investor and advisor to Scholarjet and CultureHQ, and “gives back” by partnering with CEOs of early stage companies on their people strategies. She serves as an advisor to the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, and is on the advisory board of BUILD Boston. She contributes a weekly blog to VentureFizz and LinkedIn. She holds a B.A. in psychology from George Washington University and an M.S. in organizational administration from Boston University.
Ashley Ryall
Marketing & Sales Advisor

Ashley brings eight years of marketing, sales and social media expertise, specifically within the talent space, having held individual contributor and manager roles at Bullhorn, John Leonard Employment Services and WinterWyman. Currently she owns her own content consulting firm out of the North Shore of Boston, UntapSocial, coaching professional services organizations to better leverage content and social selling best practices for lead generation and talent acquisition. She's also a national speaker on social media for sales and employer branding.

Ashley facilitates lead generation strategies, tools and best practices that help ScholarJet get in front of companies, both online and offline.

Doug Weich
Advisor & Investor
Doug Weich helps people think differently so that they can solve complex problems. As Founder & CEO of Sophelle, Doug built a leading management consultancy helping the country's best retailers. Called upon for his retail expertise by national media outlets, including ABC World News and The Wall Street Journal, and a speaker at retail’s largest conferences, Doug’s thought leadership covers omnichannel retailing and retail innovation. Doug advises ScholarJet on business and sales strategies and tactics. He advises businesses and individuals on the rewards of active philanthropy and action-based scholarships.

Our Support

Contact us to get involved