What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Thanks to gracious donors, I have been able to pay for a part of my tuition plus books. I am a commuter, so the money has helped me pay for gas, also. Perhaps one of the things I love best about my scholarship is how it shows that there are still kind, loving, and caring people in this world. These donors inspire me to be the same, and when it comes time for me to give back to education, I will remember the sacrifice of these donors, and I will know how much it means to the students receiving the funds.
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?
I chose UMCP because it was close enough that I could live at home, because it was relatively inexpensive and because it has the best civil engineering program around. I have also had family who went there, plus I liked the campus.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I have always wanted to become a civil engineer so that I could be part of the construction projects I see springing up all around me. I love them all, from highway reconstruction to the building of large buildings. I am filled with awe when I see how people have engineered the land to better serve humanity, and I would be overjoyed at the opportunity to offer up my talents to breathe life into a new bridge or dam. I look forward to continuing my education, thereby further strengthening my engineering skills. I look forward to a job in civil engineering where I can use my knowledge and wisdom to make the world a better place for the rest of my life.