Carolina Zuniga

Carolina Zuniga

Scholar since

Scholarship received
Diversity Advancement Scholarship


Cornell University

Doral, FL

I was born in Santiago, Chile to two Chilean parents but moved to the United States at a young age due to a promotion in my father’s position at the company where he worked.

I was interested in art from a young age but I started to become interested particularly in architecture around the end of middle school and decided to apply to Design and Architecture Senior High. During high school, I did my best to involve myself in the subjects I am passionate about by taking multiple classes related to art and architecture such as art history, painting, drawing, AutoCAD 2D design and 3D design. At the end of my sophomore year I was given a full scholarship to attend a pre-college program at the School Of Visual Arts where I took a sculpture class and was able to experiment with clay, plaster, woodworking and more. When I returned to my high school I was part of the Young Designers Consortium and helped set up an exhibition displaying the experiences and work of students who attended the School of Visual Arts Pre-college. I also attended a pre-college program at Cornell University where I participated in a design immersion program that focused on product, interior, branding, packaging, and exhibit design.

Throughout the past few years I have also tried to involve myself in multiple clubs such as the National Honor Society, Architecture Club, National Science Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Future Educators of America. I am currently the historian for National Honor Society and I am in charge of finding community service opportunities for members, and tracking their activity in the club, and I also co-coordinated the school’s food drive, and participated in toy drive, and tutoring. I am also currently the co-treasurer of Architecture Club.

I also participated in the ACE (Architecture-Construction-Engineering) Mentorship Program where I was able to design an event space in Design District with other students and under the guidance of professional architects from Coastal Construction.

Some of my recent awards include Scholastics Regional Gold Key, Silver Key and two Honorable Mentions, AIA Student of the Year, National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, AP Scholar of Distinction, AP Studio Art Award of Excellence and AP Calculus AB Award of Excellence.

I have also been an intern at Glottman, a design firm and shop in Wynwood, for the past eight months. In the fall, I will be starting classes at Cornell University to earn my Bachelors of Architecture.