1 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED:
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
As an out-of-state student, I do not take this scholarship lightly. As I first began school here, I did not know how I would pay out-of-state tuition or how long I would be able to fund my own education. However, I knew that any amount of time I was able to study here would give me incredible opportunities and new experiences. This scholarship significantly lightened the burden of paying for college. Because of this scholarship, I was able to stay at the University of Maryland this year and learn from renowned professors as well as students from diverse backgrounds who all have inspiring aspirations. Being able to associate with these individuals has opened my eyes to what I could achieve with my degree and the good that I could do in the world.
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 I began to apply to colleges, I looked at the bioengineering programs at a number of schools. I was immediately impressed by the University of Maryland's dedication to their students and the hands-on, experiential nature of the program. It has been an amazing experience to get to know such a diverse group of students and professors. I love how determined my peers are and how their determination to succeed motivates me to be the best that I can be. The University of Maryland provides a great environment that encourages students to pursue their goals and is dedicated to helping them in any way possible. I feel so blessed to be able to be a part of this community.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I hope to use my degree in Bioengineering (Biomedical Instrumentation track) to develop improved bionics for amputees. While there have been many incredible advancements in technology that have made bionics more versatile and have increased their capabilities significantly, they are often times too expensive for many individuals, especially individuals in low-income countries. I hope to change this. After I graduate from the University of Maryland, I would like to find cheaper, more efficient ways to create bionics. I would also like to focus on individualizing bionics, finding solutions that will fit each individual's needs. Ultimately, I would love to help bring bionics to low-income countries in a way that would best serve the individual's needs.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a freshman majoring in Bioengineering. I am on the Biomedical Instrumentation track and hope to use the knowledge I gain here to design improved bionics. I am planning on graduating in May of 2018.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Salt Lake City, Utah.