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. When his family wasn’t able to help him pay for college, 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.

Based on his experience when paying for college, he started ScholarJet to create 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.

Awarded with the Young Leader In Recognition at the age of 15 from the Harvard Institute of Politics, Tuan is named 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. He basically can do backflips at will.

Joseph Alim
COO and Co-founder
 
 

Joe, named BostInno 25 Under 25 and Forbes 30 Under 30, is a Brooklyn, NY first generation American who 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 competitions trying to pay for college and navigating scholarships. Based on his personal experience and seeing many of his peers left behind, he realized the need for a more accessible scholarship model and co-founded ScholarJet. With his engineering mindset, Joe leads ScholarJet’s operations every day.

Around Boston, you’ll often 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, a 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 lived and went to school in Boston and went back to the Dominican Republic when he was 14, a decision his mother took to keep him away from the rising crime in their community. At the age of 18, after completing high school, he came back to the United States to pursue a college degree in Computer Science. He first obtained his Associate’s degree in Computer Science from Bunker Hill Community College, and scored a full scholarship to Northeastern University for a 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 differences in culture and education, he was inspired to take himself one step further and pursued a degree in computer science at Northeastern University. After experiences at New Pathway Education and Novartis, Albert became even more aware of the impact of a great education.

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.

Interns

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 recently moved up to Boston for school and is currently a Northeastern undergraduate student majoring in behavioral neuroscience and minoring in interaction design. She currently plans on pursuing a career in either user research or data visualization.

One thing that she is passionate about is equalizing educational opportunities. 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 underfunded urban public school to now being a senior at Boston College on a full scholarship. Perseverance, resourcefulness and diligence are in her nature. She is multilingual, has a great sense of responsibility to give back to the community and a sense of passion for 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 to stop students from achieving their goals.
Brittany Zhuang
Content and Communication Ambassador
 
 

Originally from Guangzhou, China, Brittany is a senior at Boston College studying Applied Psychology & Human Development as well as Communication. She likes running, exploring, and taking pictures for her food insta! In the future, she’s aspiring to be a therapist, working with children and adolescents.

Sam Cestari
Operations Intern
 
 

Sam is studying Finance at Syracuse University with minors in Psychology, Economics and Sport Analytics. In addition to his academics at SU, 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 poverty-ridden 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.

Annie Wu
Marketing Analytics Intern
 
 

Born in Beijing, China, Annie is a rising senior at Boston University studying statistics and psychology. She is interested in business at the same time, and she is intrigued to get insights from data to help with business decisions. Annie also served as a peer mentor to help first-year students to adjust to college. She was glad to utilize her skills from psychology and her experience to help students.

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.

Advisors

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.

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