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Alise Fortune


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Hello! I recently graduated from Rollins College with a double major in I am philosophy and psychology and minors in ethics and SWAG (Sexuality, Women, and Gender Studies). At Rollins, I am very proud to have graduated as valedictorian and as the student commencement speaker. In my senior year, I was also proud to have earned several awards, including the Rollins Fiat Lux Award, the Rollins Presidential Award for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, and multiple academic achievement awards. I am also a semi-finalist and alternate for the Fulbright Scholarship program. In the Fall of 2024, I will be attending the Brown University School of Public Health to begin my doctoral degree in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, in which I hope to perform critical research on marginalized minority health.


Brown University

Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)
2024 - 2029
  • Majors:
    • Public Health

Rollins College

Bachelor's degree program
2020 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology, General
  • Minors:
    • Health Professions Education, Ethics, and Humanities

Riverview High School

High School
2016 - 2020


  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Public Health
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Psychology, General
    • Health Professions Education, Ethics, and Humanities
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Minority Health

    • Dream career goals:

      Public Health Advocate and Expert

    • On-Demand Style Expert

      2024 – Present6 months
    • Beauty Advisor

      Ulta Beauty
      2024 – Present6 months
    • Chair of DEIB Student Advisory Council

      Rollins College Diversity Council
      2023 – 20241 year
    • Copy Editor

      The Independent Magazine at Rollins College
      2023 – 20241 year
    • Rollins College Secretary

      Psi Chi, International Honor Society in Psychology
      2023 – 20241 year
    • Student Representative

      Rollins College Institutional Review Board
      2023 – 20241 year
    • Academic Tutor and Writing Consultant

      Rollins College Tutoring and Writing Center
      2022 – Present2 years
    • Cashier and Guest Services Attendant

      2017 – 20203 years
    • Student Representative and Secretary

      Rollins College DEI Taskforce
      2021 – 20221 year


    Track & Field

    Junior Varsity
    2014 – 20162 years


    2013 – 20141 year


    • Psychology, General

      Rollins College Department of Psychology — Research Assistant
      2022 – 2023
    • Psychology, General

      Rollins College Psychology Department — Student Thesis Leader
      2023 – 2024


    • IB Visual Arts

      Visual Arts
      IB Visual Arts School Exhibition
      2018 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Sarasota County Schools — Teacher Assistant
      2016 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Chandler's Funeral Home — Front Desk Volunteer
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Tabernacle of Higher Learning Christian Center — Volunteer Food Aid
      2017 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Doctor's Hospital of Sarasota — ER Volunteer
      2019 – 2019
    • Advocacy

      Girl Up — School Club President
      2018 – 2019

    Future Interests






    Hyacinth Malcolm Memorial Scholarship
    Born from an interracial marriage, I’ve come to understand the sheer complexity, harshness, and simultaneous beauty of experiencing life as a minority. Growing up, the disparities in the way different races were treated in the U.S. (and specifically in the state of Florida) were made blatantly obvious to me not only by observing the way in which my black father was treated but also by experiencing discrimination and microaggressions firsthand throughout my childhood. From being confused as adopted (because how could a white woman give birth to a brown girl?), to hearing negative comments about my curly hair, and even frequently being followed around stores under suspicion of stealing, I was made aware very early how prejudice and social discrimination can negatively impact one’s self-esteem and overall mental health. However, I found a way to actively engage in active social change and bring back confidence in myself through my dedication and passion for meaningful education; my dedication to overcoming educational obstacles for black girls like myself is clear through my 4.0 GPA, double major, and double minor. As a psychology and philosophy student (with minors in both Ethics and Sexuality, Women, and Gender Studies), I’ve developed a strong interest in the complex intersections between mental health, marginalized minorities, equity, and social ethics. My interdisciplinary interest in minorities led me to my current senior thesis, which aims to make clearer the ethical implications and health-related impacts associated with the oppression that LGBTQ+ and racial minority students face at private, primarily white institutions in Florida. In addition, as a student representative for my college’s Presidential Strategic Planning DEIB Taskforce, I’ve researched best practices in minority equity on college campuses and have developed high proficiency in the complex approach that working to ameliorate social issues can require. I served as secretary and student representative for the DEI curriculum sub-committee and advocated for DEI-focused curriculum change, which resulted in amending my college’s curriculum to include required DEI classes and faculty training in addition to enhancing my skills as a leader and activist on campus. Furthermore, as Chair of the DEIB Student Advisory Council, I’ve worked hard to identify equity-related challenges that underrepresented students on campus experience and to work alongside Council members to formulate effective action plans. I am prepared and excited to bring my knowledge of DEIB policies and change-making strategies to my research in graduate school and plan on using the critical framework my DEIB experience has fostered throughout my studies. My dedication to activism and education also fostered my interest in becoming an academic tutor and writing consultant on campus. As a tutor, I’ve worked alongside peers of all ages and social backgrounds, simultaneously strengthening my ability to problem-solve as a peer leader and my appreciation for effective, open-minded collaboration. The Hyacinth Malcolm Memorial Scholarship will provide a unique opportunity for me to build the expertise necessary for my future career in the health of marginalized minorities with less stress from financial strain. My studies will work to build a strong foundation for my future career as an expert, activist, and professor in minority health.