What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
I am extremely grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Loats Scholarship. As a full-time student, any bit of financial assistance is helpful in lessening the stresses in covering education expenses. The Loats scholarship has helped me to focus on my studies during the school year, limiting work to the summer months.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
As a high school senior facing graduation, I was completely unsure of where I wanted to attend college. I ultimately chose to attend UMD, as it seemed to be a perfect fit. I was ready for new experiences at a large university with a broad range of course offerings. The campus is not too far from home, so I knew I had the option of returning home occasionally. And the location near Washington, DC, with all that it has to offer, seemed ideal. The Loats scholarship, which effectively reduced the cost of attending UMD, was an additional important contributing factor.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I hope to touch the lives of others less fortunate, whether it be teaching young children or working with families in need. As a student at UMD, I have been able to volunteer as a tutor and classroom assistant in local schools, helping to broaden my education experience beyond the college classroom. Working as an educator is an effective means of making a real difference in the lives of others.