MyBioSource Scholarship Recipients 2018
MyBioSource Scholarship Recipients 2018
MyBioSource's 2018 Scholarship awarded five $1,000 awards for S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) majors, five $1,000 awards for all other majors, one $1,000 award to students with Disabilities. Congratulations to each of our well-deserved scholarship recipients below:
Julia Thomas - Rohnert Park, CA
- Sonoma State University, Political ScienceJulia is a former foster youth and survivor of sexual abuse. She currently attends Sonoma State University as a full time, first gen student, where she will be pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She hopes to one day work for UNICEF to help aid women and children in developing countries around the globe. All the while, patiently awaiting her wedding day with her Junior High sweetheart.
Ryan Swartz - New York, NY
- Pace University, MFA ActingOriginally a native of Oklahoma, Ryan spent the last 10 years as a high school theatre teacher in Oklahoma City, during which time he had the privilege of fostering an environment where students could explore and discover the power of storytelling through performance. Now living in New York City, and recently accepted into one of the top MFA Acting programs in the nation, Ryan plans to seize his opportunity to grow as both an artist and an educator, and to continue sharing the positive impacts that theatre can have in our everyday lives.
Paige Mecyssine - Munster, IN
- Valparaiso University, Healthcare AdministrationPaige is currently a sophomore at Valparaiso University. She is on track for a 4+1 Master’s program in Healthcare Administration, with three minors in biology, psychology, and music. Paige is passionate about music and loves to use her piano skills to accompany for church services and the University choir. She runs both vocal a cappella groups on campus. On her free time, Paige loves baking, figure skating, and finding crafts to do on Pinterest!
Cheryl Olsen - Phoenix, OR
- Southern Oregon University, (English, ASL/Deaf Studies)Cheryl grew up in Southern Oregon and is currently attending Rogue Community College in Medford, Oregon, but will soon transfer to Southern Oregon University this fall. Cheryl is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English with an interest in American Sign Language. Thereafter she will become a sign language interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Nicolas Gourgues - Dix Hills, NY
- American University School of International Service, International StudiesNicolas was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He graduated high school with honors from the Half Hollow School District. He is currently attending American University School of International Service pursuing a bachelor’s degree in international studies in the areas of peace, global security and conflict resolution.
Zoe Barlow - West Hartford, CT
- University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy, PharmDZoë Barlow is a first year PharmD Candidate at the University Of Connecticut School Of Pharmacy. She is from West Hartford, CT and graduated from Saint Olaf College with a Biology degree in 2017. She then spent a year working at Healthcare for the Homeless in Baltimore through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Zoë is looking forward to continuing her work in the medical field through her pharmacy studies and by working as a pharmacy technician at her local Walgreens.
Andrew Torres - Kirksville, MO
- AT Still University, KCOM (Medicine)Andrew is the first in his family to receive a Bachelor's degree and pursue a higher education in medicine. Andrew has served as a Spanish medical interpreter for physicians in various clinical settings worldwide. He looks forward to delivering high-quality personalized care with specialized skill-sets of engineering, global health, and environmental science to provide infrastructure and community development in underserved communities.
Samridhi Singh - Spokane, WA
- Gonzaga University, NursingSamridhi is currently an undergraduate freshman starting her first year of a nursing program at Gonzaga University. While volunteering at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital during in her high school years, she was inspired to pursue nursing seeing how it can affect lives and make a positive difference in her community. Samridhi am excited to start this new journey, looking forward to gaining new knowledge and resources that will help prepare her to become an exceptional nurse.
Michael Diiorio - Brookline, MA
- Harvard Medical School, MedicineMichael has earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Brown University. Upon graduating, he spent three years as a researcher in a cancer immunology laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he studied CD8+ T cell differentiation. Michael is now a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School and immunology remains at the core of his interests. Beyond academics and medicine, Michael is an avid runner, home brewer, and musician.
Madison Haagenson - Billings, MT
- Montana State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering Madison is a freshman at Montana State University studying Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Honors College Program. At Montana State University, Madison hopes to participate in undergraduate research to best prepare her for her future career as a civil engineer. As a civil engineer, Madison hopes to enable her whole community to "go green" through environmentally cleaner practices and designing and implementing sustainable infrastructure.
Haley King, Leesburg - VA
- George Mason University, Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence Haley is a highly motivated sophomore at George Mason University, who is passionate about geospatial sciences and plans to enter GMU’s accelerated Master’s program in Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence. She is a GMU Ambassador, serving at the university’s “The Face of Mason”, where she provides introductions to families and prospective students interested in the university. Haley is also a part-time employee in the geospatial field, supports church mission projects and volunteers with several charitable health organizations. Haley has overcome her learning challenges by setting aggressive goals and has worked hard to reach her career goals.