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Deborah Fagade

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Nominee

3x

Finalist

1x

Winner

Bio

My life goal would include serving my community even better than it has served me. I am most passionate about self improvement and making a positive impact on the world, even if it is just with one person, because it has a lasting effect and it consequently pours into the lives of others.

Education

North Central Texas College

Associate's degree program
2024 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Biology, General

University of North Texas

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Public Health
  • Minors:
    • Chemistry
    • Biology, General

Katy H S

High School
2017 - 2021

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

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

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Pharmaceuticals

    • Dream career goals:

      Company founder

    • Resident Assistant

      University of North Texas
      2022 – 20242 years
    • Associate

      Church’s Chicken
      2019 – 2019

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Junior Varsity
    2017 – 2017

    Arts

    • Independent

      Drawing
      2017 – 2019
    • Independent

      Painting
      2011 – 2020
    • Independent

      Photography
      2019 – 2020

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      National Honor Society — Volunteer
      2019 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Iliana Arie Scholarship
    Losing my mother at a young age was not easy. Neither was it watching my dad try to pick up all the pieces by himself. However, I could not let him do it on his own- my older brother and I had made the decision to step up. In addition to supplemental chores, we excelled at school to increase our scholarship opportunities to decrease financial strain on our father and were so blessed to have graduated Katy High school with honors and serving in our community though National Honor Society. Volunteering at Katy Christian Ministries regularly was always an amazing experience for me, and getting to know people in my community only grew my love towards them! Taking care of my younger brother was another opportunity I have been blessed with to help make our new family dynamic more cohesive while also allowing my dad to spend on other needs, rather than on after school care. I have loved watching my little brother grow into a young man who loves and cares for everyone around him in such a gentle way. I carry these memories with me the same way I cherish the memories I have of my sweet mother. Losing her so early in life has also taught me to love the people I have around me well and not take a single moment for granted by acting on every opportunity so that I do not look back in regret. With that said, I took a couple work opportunities that have helped me to stay afloat and help my dad financially, since he already does so much for me. I have worked as both a Resident Assistant for two years and a pharmacy technician while keeping a college semester GPA above 3.25. A lesson I have learned is to work diligently in an honest manner, and it will pay off no matter how difficult it may seem in the small and mundane tasks. Like Iliana, I enjoy many activities but primarily staying physically active. From my track days in high school until now as a senior- I have loved playing volleyball and soccer and recently pickleball! I found that it is a way to bring communities of people together - which is what I want to do with my career in public health. I want ro bring families and friends together by maintaining a holistic lifestyle through physical activity, healthy eating habits and caring for people's mental health.
    Taking Up Space Scholarship
    Being the only minority and black girl in my middle school in Brazil nearly drove me to my own suicide. Thus, discrimination has had the greatest impact on me and my dream career. I faced unreasonable amounts of microaggressions and direct racist attacks, not only by students, but also teachers. Fortunately, I had my family to help me throughout a childhood that I missed out on due to trauma from racism and bullying. Funny enough, growing up in Brazil before moving to the United States as a teenager really instilled a passion for caring for the immediate needs of others because I also saw the major differences within the healthcare system, both cost and treatment for patients immediately. My passion for pharmacy only grew over the years. Due to those harsh years, I made myself small- by not speaking, missing out on amazing opportunities and allowing my mental health to deteriorate. At one point, I realized I had to take that back. I began to speak my mind, put myself out there and seek professional help. I continue to do these things on a regular basis, because I have fallen in love with the growth I have seen in myself. For example, my senior year of high school, I was accepted into the Pharmacology/Pharmacy Technician program at Miller Career and Technology Center which included an internship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s battle with cancer, which she unfortunately passed away from later on, and my father being at high risk of contracting COVID-19, I was not able to partake in the class or the internship. Although this missed opportunity initially discouraged me, I have not given up on the desire to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Losing my mother also was a battle I could not fight alone. I invited people into my life like I never have before. In fact, it made me even more determined to pursue greatness. Setbacks no longer have a hold on me, I use it to fuel more fire and encourage myself to keep pushing. Eventually, I look forward to helping minorities who have been underdiagnosed and ignored by a healthcare system that is meant to help them achieve prime health, considering the fact that I have an understanding of how discrimination affects people, even in the medical field, since my mother was a victim of that. I am willing to sacrifice years of my life to studying and learning about how systems have failed people and methods to improve the health of our community and help heal the world, person by person. I strongly believe that taking up space also means inviting other people into my own space.
    Feltus Impact Fund Scholarship
    Winner
    Being the only minority and black girl in my middle school in Brazil nearly drove me to my own suicide. Thus, discrimination has had the greatest impact on me and my dream career. I faced heaps of microaggressions and direct racist attacks, not only by students, but also teachers. Fortunately, I had my family to help me throughout a childhood that I missed out on due to trauma from racism and bullying. Funny enough, growing up in Brazil before moving to the United States as a teenager really instilled a passion for caring for the immediate needs of others because I also saw the major differences within the healthcare system, both cost and treatment for patients immediately. My passion for pharmacy only grew over the years. During my senior year of high school, I was accepted into the Pharmacology/Pharmacy Technician program at Miller Career and Technology Center which included an internship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s battle with cancer, which she unfortunately passed away from later on, and my father being at high risk of contracting COVID-19, I was not able to partake in the class or the internship. Although this missed opportunity initially discouraged me, I have not given up on the desire to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. In fact, I am even more determined. I am currently studying Biology as my major, with Chemistry and Entrepreneurship as my double minors. Since I am on the Pre-Pharmacy track, I plan on earning a Pharm.D. degree from UNT’s Health Science Center after graduating from University of North Texas with my biology degree. Then, I would like to go a step further by becoming an actual, practicing pharmacist and dispensing medication to patients in need. My dream is to open my own practice, possibly after working in retail or in a clinical pharmacy for years. I would love to open up my own pharmacy so that I can develop personal relationships with my patients beyond other pharmacies and ensure their holistic wellbeing. I intend on working in this field so that I may help people in my community, and possibly even outside of it, with health issues by providing them with medicine necessary to live life to the full. Eventually, I look forward to helping minorities who have been underdiagnosed and ignored by a healthcare system that is meant to help them achieve prime health, considering the fact that I have an understanding of how discrimination affects people, even in the medical field, since my mother was a victim of that. I am willing to sacrifice years of my life to studying and learning about how systems have failed people and methods to improve the health of our community and help heal the world, person by person. In the past, I have been discouraged by criticism even if it were constructive, simply because I was a hypersensitive person- courtesy of my experiences as a child. Over the past year though, I have met with a couple counselors and many friends to talk about my wellbeing. Consequently, I have opened up to their comments and opinions concerning areas of my life that need improvement, which has allowed me to see myself from a different perspective and thus allow me to seek self improvement. Additionally, not only will I be open to correction, but I will also be sure to call out biased behavior, whether I am certain it will directly affect someone or not. This will be a use of time that I particularly look forward to, so that other people have healthier experiences.
    Charlotte Emery Memorial Scholarship
    Black Excellence is simply existing. The same applies for Black Girl Magic. As contradicting as that may sound, there is something about existing as a black woman that aggravates multitudes of people for no particular reason. Being able to live and enjoy life simply disregarding the hatred is success to me. For so any years, I had let it get to me, which only made my life difficult. Once I realized I found peace without constantly thinking about making myself small as a black woman, there was no turning back. Being the only minority and black girl in my middle school in Brazil nearly drove me to my own suicide. Thus, discrimination has had the greatest impact on me and my dream career. I faced heaps of microaggressions and direct racist attacks, not only by students, but also teachers. Fortunately, I had my family to help me throughout a childhood that I missed out on due to trauma from racism and bullying. Funny enough, growing up in Brazil before moving to the United States as a teenager really instilled a passion for caring for the immediate needs of others because I also saw the major differences within the healthcare system, both cost and treatment for patients immediately. My passion for pharmacy only grew over the years. In fact, I am even more determined because I know that hate will not conquer. I am currently studying Biology as my major, with Chemistry and Entrepreneurship as my double minors. Since I am on the Pre-Pharmacy track, I plan on earning a Pharm.D. degree from UNT’s Health Science Center after graduating from University of North Texas with my biology degree. Then, I would like to go a step further by becoming an actual, practicing pharmacist and dispensing medication to patients in need with a focus on minorities. My dream is to open my own practice, possibly after working in retail or in a clinical pharmacy for years. I would love to open up my own pharmacy so that I can develop personal relationships with my patients beyond other pharmacies and ensure their holistic wellbeing. I intend on working in this field so that I may help people in my community, and possibly even outside of it, with health issues by providing them with medicine necessary to live life to the full. Eventually, I look forward to helping minorities who have been underdiagnosed and ignored by a healthcare system that is meant to help them achieve prime health, considering the fact that I have an understanding of how discrimination affects people, even in the medical field, since my mother was a victim of that. I am willing to sacrifice years of my life to studying and learning about how systems have failed people and methods to improve the health of our community and help heal the world, person by person. In the meantime, I am studying and educating myself through college courses and interactions with the variety of people I meet regularly or once in a lifetime. When I encounter discrimination I do not shy away- instead I dive in with kindness, patience and love, since whoever is expressing it did not have the privilege of experiencing it in the first place.
    Show your Mettle - Women in STEM Scholarship
    Being the only minority and black girl in my middle school in Brazil nearly drove me to my own suicide. Thus, discrimination has had the greatest impact on me and my dream career. I faced heaps of microaggressions and direct racist attacks, not only by students, but also teachers. Fortunately, I had my family to help me throughout a childhood that I missed out on due to trauma from racism and bullying. Funny enough, growing up in Brazil before moving to the United States as a teenager really instilled a passion for caring for the immediate needs of others because I also saw the major differences within the healthcare system, both cost and treatment for patients immediately. My passion for pharmacy only grew over the years. During my senior year of high school, I was accepted into the Pharmacology/Pharmacy Technician program at Miller Career and Technology Center which included an internship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s battle with cancer, which she unfortunately passed away from later on, and my father being at high risk of contracting COVID-19, I was not able to partake in the class or the internship. Although this missed opportunity initially discouraged me, I have not given up on the desire to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. In fact, I am even more determined. I am currently studying Biology as my major, with Chemistry and Entrepreneurship as my double minors. Since I am on the Pre-Pharmacy track, I plan on earning a Pharm.D. degree from UNT’s Health Science Center after graduating from University of North Texas with my biology degree. Then, I would like to go a step further by becoming an actual, practicing pharmacist and dispensing medication to patients in need. My dream is to open my own practice, possibly after working in retail or in a clinical pharmacy for years. I would love to open up my own pharmacy so that I can develop personal relationships with my patients beyond other pharmacies and ensure their holistic wellbeing. I intend on working in this field so that I may help people in my community, and possibly even outside of it, with health issues by providing them with medicine necessary to live life to the full. Eventually, I look forward to helping minorities who have been underdiagnosed and ignored by a healthcare system that is meant to help them achieve prime health, considering the fact that I have an understanding of how discrimination affects people, even in the medical field, since my mother was a victim of that. I am willing to sacrifice years of my life to studying and learning about how systems have failed people and methods to improve the health of our community and help heal the world, person by person. I am certain I will continue to come across discrimination. Being prepared with the wisdom I have been provided over the years will allow me to deal with it in a mature manner. Finances will also challenge me, so I will take my time to research opportunities that allow me to focus on work until I am financially stable in my career. These and so many other challenges I will come across definitely will allow me to grow and become an example so that other people far and near from me have healthier experiences.
    Minority/Women in STEM Scholarship
    Being the only minority and black girl in my middle school in Brazil nearly drove me to my own suicide. Thus, discrimination has had the greatest impact on me and my dream career. I faced heaps of microaggressions and direct racist attacks, not only by students, but also teachers. Fortunately, I had my family to help me throughout a childhood that I missed out on due to trauma from racism and bullying. Funny enough, growing up in Brazil before moving to the United States as a teenager really instilled a passion for caring for the immediate needs of others because I also saw the major differences within the healthcare system, both cost and treatment for patients immediately. My passion for pharmacy only grew over the years. During my senior year of high school, I was accepted into the Pharmacology/Pharmacy Technician program at Miller Career and Technology Center which included an internship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s battle with cancer, which she unfortunately passed away from later on, and my father being at high risk of contracting COVID-19, I was not able to partake in the class or the internship. Although this missed opportunity initially discouraged me, I have not given up on the desire to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. In fact, I am even more determined. I am currently studying Biology as my major, with Chemistry and Entrepreneurship as my double minors. Since I am on the Pre-Pharmacy track, I plan on earning a Pharm.D. degree from UNT’s Health Science Center after graduating from University of North Texas with my biology degree. Then, I would like to go a step further by becoming an actual, practicing pharmacist and dispensing medication to patients in need. My dream is to open my own practice, possibly after working in retail or in a clinical pharmacy for years. I would love to open up my own pharmacy so that I can develop personal relationships with my patients beyond other pharmacies and ensure their holistic wellbeing. I intend on working in this field so that I may help people in my community, and possibly even outside of it, with health issues by providing them with medicine necessary to live life to the full. Eventually, I look forward to helping minorities who have been underdiagnosed and ignored by a healthcare system that is meant to help them achieve prime health, considering the fact that I have an understanding of how discrimination affects people, even in the medical field, since my mother was a victim of that. I am willing to sacrifice years of my life to studying and learning about how systems have failed people and methods to improve the health of our community and help heal the world, person by person. In the past, I have been discouraged by criticism even if it were constructive, simply because I was a hypersensitive person- courtesy of my experiences as a child. Over the past year though, I have met with a couple counselors and many friends to talk about my wellbeing. Consequently, I have opened up to their comments and opinions concerning areas of my life that need improvement, which has allowed me to see myself from a different perspective and thus allow me to seek self improvement. Additionally, not only will I be open to correction, but I will also be sure to call out biased behavior, whether I am certain it will directly affect someone or not. This will be a use of time that I particularly look forward to, so that other people have healthier experiences.
    Surya Education Assistance Scholarship
    Being the only minority and black girl in my middle school in Brazil nearly drove me to my own suicide. Thus, discrimination has had the greatest impact on me and my dream career. I faced heaps of microaggressions and direct racist attacks, not only by students, but also teachers. Fortunately, I had my family to help me throughout a childhood that I missed out on due to trauma from racism and bullying. Funny enough, growing up in Brazil before moving to the United States as a teenager really instilled a passion for caring for the immediate needs of others because I also saw the major differences within the healthcare system, both cost and treatment for patients immediately. My passion for pharmacy only grew over the years. During my senior year of high school, I was accepted into the Pharmacology/Pharmacy Technician program at Miller Career and Technology Center which included an internship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s battle with cancer, which she unfortunately passed away from later on, and my father being at high risk of contracting COVID-19, I was not able to partake in the class or the internship. Although this missed opportunity initially discouraged me, I have not given up on the desire to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. In fact, I am even more determined. I am currently studying Biology as my major, with Chemistry and Entrepreneurship as my double minors. Since I am on the Pre-Pharmacy track, I plan on earning a Pharm.D. degree from UNT’s Health Science Center after graduating from University of North Texas with my biology degree. Then, I would like to go a step further by becoming an actual, practicing pharmacist and dispensing medication to patients in need. My dream is to open my own practice, possibly after working in retail or in a clinical pharmacy for years. I would love to open up my own pharmacy so that I can develop personal relationships with my patients beyond other pharmacies and ensure their holistic wellbeing. I intend on working in this field so that I may help people in my community, and possibly even outside of it, with health issues by providing them with medicine necessary to live life to the full. Eventually, I look forward to helping minorities who have been underdiagnosed and ignored by a healthcare system that is meant to help them achieve prime health, considering the fact that I have an understanding of how discrimination affects people, even in the medical field, since my mother was a victim of that. I am willing to sacrifice years of my life to studying and learning about how systems have failed people and methods to improve the health of our community and help heal the world, person by person. In the past, I have been discouraged by criticism even if it were constructive, simply because I was a hypersensitive person- courtesy of my experiences as a child. Over the past year though, I have met with a couple counselors and many friends to talk about my wellbeing. Consequently, I have opened up to their comments and opinions concerning areas of my life that need improvement, which has allowed me to see myself from a different perspective and thus allow me to seek self improvement. Additionally, not only will I be open to correction, but I will also be sure to call out biased behavior, whether I am certain it will directly affect someone or not. This will be a use of time that I particularly look forward to, so that other people have healthier experiences.
    Rho Brooks Women in STEM Scholarship
    Being the only minority and black girl in my middle school in Brazil nearly drove me to my own suicide. Thus, discrimination has had the greatest impact on me and my dream career. I faced heaps of microaggressions and direct racist attacks, not only by students, but also teachers. Fortunately, I had my family to help me throughout a childhood that I missed out on due to trauma from racism and bullying. Funny enough, growing up in Brazil before moving to the United States as a teenager really instilled a passion for caring for the immediate needs of others because I also saw the major differences within the healthcare system, both cost and treatment for patients immediately. My passion for pharmacy only grew over the years. During my senior year of high school, I was accepted into the Pharmacology/Pharmacy Technician program at Miller Career and Technology Center which included an internship to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s battle with cancer, which she unfortunately passed away from later on, and my father being at high risk of contracting COVID-19, I was not able to partake in the class or the internship. Although this missed opportunity initially discouraged me, I have not given up on the desire to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certification. In fact, I am even more determined. I am currently studying Biology as my major, with Chemistry and Entrepreneurship as my double minors. Since I am on the Pre-Pharmacy track, I plan on earning a Pharm.D. degree from UNT’s Health Science Center after graduating from University of North Texas with my biology degree. Then, I would like to go a step further by becoming an actual, practicing pharmacist and dispensing medication to patients in need. My dream is to open my own practice, possibly after working in retail or in a clinical pharmacy for years. I would love to open up my own pharmacy so that I can develop personal relationships with my patients beyond other pharmacies and ensure their holistic wellbeing. I intend on working in this field so that I may help people in my community, and possibly even outside of it, with health issues by providing them with medicine necessary to live life to the full. Eventually, I look forward to helping minorities who have been underdiagnosed and ignored by a healthcare system that is meant to help them achieve prime health, considering the fact that I have an understanding of how discrimination affects people, even in the medical field, since my mother was a victim of that. I am willing to sacrifice years of my life to studying and learning about how systems have failed people and methods to improve the health of our community and help heal the world, person by person. In the past, I have been discouraged by criticism even if it were constructive, simply because I was a hypersensitive person- courtesy of my experiences as a child. Over the past year though, I have met with a couple counselors and many friends to talk about my wellbeing. Consequently, I have opened up to their comments and opinions concerning areas of my life that need improvement, which has allowed me to see myself from a different perspective and thus allow me to seek self improvement. Additionally, not only will I be open to correction, but I will also be sure to call out biased behavior, whether I am certain it will directly affect someone or not. This will be a use of time that I particularly look forward to, so that other people have healthier experiences.