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2012 Scholars

Erika Skeele

Erika Skeele

Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences; College of Engineering
Major: Music Performance; Chemical Engineering
High School: Robert E Lee High School
Hometown: Tyler, TX

About Me

I like to think that I am really colorful and expressive yet also professional and courteous. Some of my greatest interests lie in music, aviation, and chemistry. Through music, I was able to participate in the All-State competition all four years of high school and qualified for Area every year. I served my band as Color Guard Captain my junior year and as a percussion section leader my senior year. I achieved the Maestro Award for Outstanding Musicianship my sophomore year through the Heritage Festivals and later the Most Outstanding Senior Award during my time in the Robert E. Lee Band program. Throughout my middle school and high school careers, I was an active participant and leader in the Tyler Composite Squadron of the United States Civil Air Patrol, the Air Force Auxiliary. Through that program, I qualified in Search and Rescue techniques. I was also introduced to piloting small aircraft and the sciences behind both flight and rocketry. I was able to achieve the prestigious General Billy Mitchell Award, which conferred the grade of Cadet Second Lieutenant, and the responsibilities of an officer. I acquired the opportunity to serve my squadron as the Executive Officer and Cadet Commander Elect with the additional honor of being a Group II Cadet Advisory Council representative. I’m inspired by the creativity of others and motivated by the opportunities to help others and my personal work ethic to always improve myself and those around me into a cohesive group.

Campus and Community Involvement

I volunteered throughout high school through Civil Air Patrol and the local food bank and Red Cross. I also played soccer until my sophomore year. I was a part of the Robert E. Lee Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra all four years of high school. Now at UH, I am in the Symphonic Winds and I play intermural soccer and rock climb.

Awards and Honors

Other than the awards listed above in the About Me section, I was awarded the Honors College Scholarship and the Civil Air Patrol Academic Scholarship.

Study Abroad

During high school, I studied German and had the opportunity to do a month long summer exchange program. Through the Tier One Scholarship, I would like to continue my learning and mastery of German and go back to either Bavaria or northern Austria. I would like to study German/Austrian Oboe playing for music. If I study abroad for engineering, I would like to learn how Germany keeps their country on the forefront of experimental technology, such as wind and solar power in addition to other hybrid energy sources.


I’m not yet sure what type of research I would like to pursue, but I am very excited to have the opportunity to explore my options.

Future Endeavors

I’m not yet sure if I want to pursue graduate school or go directly into the work force. As towards my career, I would like to work professionally as an engineer while performing as an oboist with small chamber groups and orchestras.