1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My scholarship has shown me the extent of how people can encourage others for pursuing something that may have certain barriers, like financial instability. It has made me want to work harder so that I too can give back to future students with similar interests in healthcare. With my financial burden being lessened somewhat because of my scholarship, I have been able to focus more on my studies and have a more positive outlook on my future career.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I will make a positive difference in the world by helping others in terms of health-related problems with the best and most considerate methods possible. I will also work hard enough so that I am financially stable enough to give back to my community in the same way that my donors have for me. I want to encourage students pursuing a career in the health field when they have the additional problem of financial security to worry about on top of keeping up with their coursework.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am majoring in general biology, and I am currently a freshman. I plan to graduate in 2019.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Phoenix, Maryland, which is north of Baltimore.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
My favorite extracurricular activity that I have been involved with so far has been TerpThon, which is a twelve hour dance marathon to raise money for Children's National Health System. It was an amazing opportunity to hear families share their stories in person about how cancer and other illnesses have affected their mindsets and family dynamic. The children who have been able to receive treatment because of what University of Maryland students like me have done was really inspiring. We were able to raise over $600,000 for such a great cause. The whole experience confirmed for me that I have chosen the right career path of healthcare. I want to be able to make a difference in sick children's lives when their hope is being strained and they just want to be able to have fun and be carefree children. I plan to participate in TerpThon for the next three years that I am at University of Maryland. Next year I want to play a more active role in the organization of the event by holding a leadership position on the committee.