Jeremy Lewan says he wanted to be a meteorologist since he was five years old. And now the Rutgers eldest has been awarded the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Orville Family Endowed Scholarship 2021 for $10,000, the nation’s top prize offered by AMS.
Lewan, who was born and raised in Bayonne, is currently an Honors College senior at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, majoring in meteorology with a 4.0 grade point average.
Across the country, a total of twenty-three AMS undergraduate scholarships have been awarded in 2021, designed to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in atmospheric and related ocean and hydrological sciences.
Lewan is also a recipient of the 2019 Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Fellowship, the 2019 Cook Education Assistance Grant, the 2019 School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Global Scholarship, and the Rutgers Trustee Fellowship, among many others. recognitions and awards.
Bayonne was born and raised
Before attending pre-kindergarten at Woodrow Wilson Community School, he attended Library School at Bayonne Public Library. During elementary school, Lewan began to get heavily involved in everything from science fair contests to winning the geography bee and other competitions. Although he still loved Bayonne, after graduating valedictorian from Woodrow Wilson in 2014, he went to High Tech High School and majored in environmental science.
“While I was in high school, I was always interested in meteorology,” Lewan said, noting that his interest goes back even further than that. “When I was five years old, I was doing predictions in kindergarten. I would bring a little piece of paper and give it out during main class.
At High Tech, he received a $1,000 grant from the Hudson County Schools of Technology Foundation to travel to Penn State for a week in “weather camp.”
“I spent a week there and was able to learn more about weather and see a first-hand account of what meteorologists do behind the scenes while visiting AccuWeather Studios and the National Weather Service “, said Lewan.
While there, he made a video diary of the experience, which aired on PBS Pennsylvania and Weather Channel. This led to him being invited as a guest speaker at a gala to raise funds for a new High Tech High School campus.
From Hudson County to Rutgers
“I’ve always been inspired to pursue my passion for weather, and that’s why I went to Rutgers,” Lewan said. “It’s the only school in the entire state that offers meteorology as a major. They have a great weather program, I loved every minute of it.
After graduating from high-tech, Lewan continued to attend Rutgers and now broadcasts the weekly forecast on campus.
“I give the forecast for RU-TV every week on Monday afternoons,” Lewan said. “It is also posted on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It gives me a realistic approach to actually learning what it’s like to be my future profession. I always wanted to be a broadcaster too, not just a backstage meteorologist.
Lewan continues to be as involved on campus as he has been since Woodrow Wilson, having received a host of the aforementioned scholarships in addition to the AMS Orville Family Endowed Scholarship. He also works for NBC News for Al Roker on the Today Show, continuing his summer internship.
“I write news articles for nbcnews.com,” Lewan said. “I fact-check journalists and provide them with information to help them write their weather reports. I talk to on-air talent through their earpiece, answering their questions about the weather while they’re on commercial break. I also design the graphics projected behind Al and the other meteorologists. I even had the incredible opportunity to appear on the TODAY Show.
In the midst of his busy schedule, Lewan has somehow found time to balance school and work with other extracurricular activities at Rutgers, including but not limited to the Meteorology Club and the Weather Watcher Club, among other things, like being a walking coach for the Rutgers FACE modeling team. and writes for Green Print and EPIB Trail magazines on campus.
“I try to take advantage of everything I can because those opportunities won’t come around once I graduate,” Lewan said. “I really want to get the most out of college as much as possible.”
Other clubs in which Lewan is active relate to his multiracial heritage, including being a member of the Rutgers Fusion Club for Biracial and Mixed-Race Students and participating in the Active Allyship for Racial Justice Living-Learning Changemaking Community 2021-2022 .
“As a proud member of a multiracial minority, I embody a confident and capable leader with diverse perspectives and opinions,” Lewan said. “I am proud of my identity and aim to champion diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of meteorology.”
Doing everything Lewan does hasn’t been easy. He joked that he could find time to sleep later in life.
“A lot of people say to me, ‘You’re living your dream. You’re so lucky that this is coming to fruition, which is what you’ve always wanted,'” he said. would not have been possible without my hard work and dedication, diligence and perseverance. It’s not something that just occurred to me. It’s something I’ve worked for all my life. »
Next stop, national weather news
With the receipt of the scholarship, Lewan is expected to graduate on May 15, and should have received an A in every grade since elementary school with the completion of two other courses. And soon he will undoubtedly broadcast the weather forecast on television, finally realizing his dream.
“I see my connections that I’ve made leading to a possible full-time job somewhere in the country where I can get into television right away,” he said. “I would love to be the next weather anchor on NBC News for the Today Show. That’s really the goal because the national weather is so exciting and different every day. There are so many facets of weather and broadcasting it to nationally on a show like the Today Show is definitely the end goal. But it’s going to be a long journey.”
Lewan described weather as a ladder: “Everyone has to start at the bottom of the ladder. So I’m going to have to start small and work my way up to the big moments.
But no matter where he goes, he will always be from Bayonne.
“I will forever be a hometown of Bayonne,” Lewan said. “I was born at Bayonne hospital, my mother worked as a nurse at the hospital. I have lived here all my life and will always have a special connection. And Bayonne is such a special place given its location right next to New York, it really gives me a stepping stone to jobs there. I live in a high rise building and every time there is a rainstorm, thunderstorm or blizzard I see it coming across Newark Bay from the west. It’s just amazing to see every storm with a bird’s eye view. My mom always said she had the perfect apartment for a weatherman and she was right about that.
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