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Joshua Davis

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My primary career goal is to become a physician assistant to contribute positively to healthcare and drive meaningful change from within the system. I am deeply passionate about making a difference and enhancing the quality of healthcare services. My enthusiasm for serving my community is reflected in my active involvement in student government, community service initiatives, and clubs such as Circle K International, Pre-PA Club, and Christian Students. Growing up with a dual heritage—half-Black and half-Filipino—has enriched my life with diverse cultural perspectives and shaped my identity as a biracial individual. This background has not only influenced my personality but also strengthened my commitment to promoting inclusivity and understanding in healthcare. As a future medical professional, I aspire to leverage this unique perspective to provide compassionate and culturally competent care to every patient I serve.

Education

California State University-Sacramento

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • GPA:
    4

Sheldon High

High School
2019 - 2023
  • GPA:
    4

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Master's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
    • Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services
    • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions
    • Medicine
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Physician Assistant

    • Summer Youth Intern

      Elk Grove Unified School District
      2022 – 2022

    Sports

    Basketball

    Intramural
    2008 – 201810 years

    Research

    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other

      Sheldon High School's Biotechnology Academy — I served as the head/lead of my research group, facilitating group meetings and keeping communication up-to-date with my fellow group members and supervising mentors. For the experiment, I tested the effects of honey on plant regeneration.
      2022 – 2023

    Arts

    • Smedberg Middle School - Advanced Theatre

      Theatre
      The Lunch Labyrinth, ShakesSPLOSION!!!, Smedberg Theatreworks
      2018 – 2019
    • Sheldon High School - Theatre 1

      Theatre
      2020 – 2020
    • Sheldon High School - Children's Theatre

      Theatre
      Hercules, The Fairy Tale Network
      2019 – 2019

    Public services

    • Advocacy

      Sheldon High School Key Club & Civic Thread — Event Coordinator & Planner
      2022 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Sacramento State Circle K — Kiwanis Family & Relations (KFAM) Chair
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Sheldon High School Key Club — Event planner & organizer
      2022 – 2023
    • Advocacy

      Sacramento State Associated Students Inc. — Wellness, Safety, and Sexual Assault Awareness Committee Voting Member
      2023 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Sacramento State Associated Students Inc. — Alcohol Advisory Committee Presidential Designee
      2023 – Present
    • Public Service (Politics)

      Sacramento State Associated Students Inc. — Student Fee Advisory Committee Student Representative
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Sheldon High School Key Club & Christy Cares Outreach — Service Coordinator & Volunteer
      2021 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Elk Grove Food Bank — My role was to organize, sort, and distribute food to the clients who needed it. I also mopped floors, stocked various donated items, carried groceries to clients’ cars, and helped clients "shop" for various food items they needed.
      2022 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Tanya C. Harper Memorial SAR Scholarship
    Imagine walking into a healthcare clinic and seeing a cohort of diverse faces, each one representing a different story, a different background, and a different struggle. It is diversity such as this where I feel most at home and where my passion for medicine truly comes alive. Growing up in a vibrant, multicultural household, being half-Black and half-Filipino, has profoundly shaped my outlook on life and fueled my desire to make a positive impact in the world through my medical career. From a young age, I witnessed firsthand the disparities in healthcare access and quality that different communities face. This realization ignited my determination to pursue a career in medicine, specifically as a physician assistant, where I can directly contribute to bridging these gaps. As a biracial individual, I believe I bring a unique perspective to the medical field—one that values inclusivity, empathy, and cultural competence. My journey towards making a positive impact in the world began in my own community. Through active involvement in student government, community service, and clubs like Circle K International, Pre-PA Club, and Christian Students, I have developed a deep understanding of the importance of community engagement and advocacy. These experiences have taught me that change often starts at the grassroots level, and it’s through collective effort and unwavering commitment that we can make a difference. As a future physician assistant, my goal is to provide compassionate, high-quality care to underserved populations. I aspire to work in community health clinics where I can address health disparities and advocate for patients who may feel marginalized by the healthcare system. By promoting preventive care and education, I hope to empower individuals to take charge of their health and well-being. Additionally, I am passionate about mentoring the next generation of healthcare professionals. I plan to actively participate in outreach programs that encourage young students, especially those from minority backgrounds, to pursue careers in STEM and healthcare. By sharing my own journey and challenges, I hope to inspire them to believe in their potential and strive for their dreams. In conclusion, my cultural background, community involvement, and commitment to healthcare have all shaped my vision for a career that not only treats patients but also advocates for systemic change. I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the world through my medical career, and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to a more equitable and compassionate healthcare system.
    FLIK Hospitality Group’s Entrepreneurial Council Scholarship
    Imagine a healthcare system where every patient, regardless of background or language barriers, receives compassionate and culturally sensitive care. This vision became my driving force after witnessing my grandmother's journey through cancer treatment, where a Filipino nurse's empathy and language fluency made a profound difference. Inspired by this experience, I am dedicated to pursuing a career as a physician assistant focused on promoting wellness and inclusivity in healthcare. As a current Health Science major with aspirations of becoming a physician assistant, my journey is driven by a profound commitment to fostering wellness within my local and global communities. My career path is rooted in the belief that healthcare is a fundamental right, and through my role as a physician assistant, I aim to create a positive environmental impact by promoting holistic wellness practices. In the next five years, I envision leveraging my expertise in healthcare to advocate for and implement wellness initiatives that address both physical and mental health needs. One of my primary goals is to collaborate with local healthcare providers and community organizations to develop comprehensive wellness programs. These initiatives will focus on preventive care, mental health awareness, and healthy lifestyle choices, aiming to empower individuals to take proactive steps toward improving their overall well-being. By promoting wellness at the community level, I aim to reduce healthcare disparities and contribute to the sustainability of healthcare practices. Technology plays a pivotal role in modern healthcare, and I am passionate about integrating technological advancements to enhance patient education and accessibility to healthcare resources. In my role, I plan to advocate for the adoption of telemedicine and digital health solutions that improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. By leveraging technology, I aim to bridge gaps in healthcare access, particularly in underserved communities, and promote wellness through innovative, patient-centered care models. Furthermore, my diverse cultural background as a biracial individual—half-Black and half-Filipino—provides me with a unique perspective on inclusivity and empathy in patient care. This perspective will guide my efforts to ensure that wellness initiatives are culturally sensitive and inclusive, fostering a healthcare environment where every individual feels valued and understood. By promoting cultural competency in healthcare practices, I aim to contribute to a more equitable and compassionate healthcare system. In addition to my professional goals, I am committed to ongoing personal development and advocacy within the healthcare field. I plan to participate in continuing education opportunities, research projects, and professional associations to stay informed about emerging trends and best practices in wellness and healthcare delivery. By staying actively engaged in the healthcare community, I aim to influence policy decisions and advocate for initiatives that prioritize wellness and sustainability. In conclusion, my dedication to promoting wellness through healthcare advocacy, technological integration, and cultural sensitivity aligns with my goal of creating a positive environmental impact on both local and global communities. With the support of this scholarship, I am confident in my ability to effect meaningful change and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable future for all.
    SigaLa Education Scholarship
    Growing up, I watched my grandmother navigate a healthcare system that often seemed indifferent to her needs, especially during her battle with cancer. With her limited English, medical visits were always stressful and confusing for her. However, everything changed when she met a Filipino nurse who spoke her language and treated her with genuine kindness. For the first time, my grandmother felt understood and valued as a person, not just a patient. She left that appointment with a smile, uplifted by the compassionate care she had received amidst her challenging treatment. Witnessing this transformative experience ignited my passion for healthcare and solidified my decision to become a physician assistant. Like that kind nurse, I aspire to serve as a bridge of understanding and empathy for all patients I encounter, especially those who feel overlooked or misunderstood in the healthcare system. As a current Health Science major with aspirations of becoming a physician assistant, I chose my field of study with a clear purpose: to make a significant impact on the healthcare system and improve patient outcomes. My passion for healthcare began with a desire to help others and was further fueled by personal experiences and volunteer work within my community. I have seen firsthand the disparities that exist in healthcare, particularly for underrepresented minorities, and I am determined to be a part of the solution. In the short term, my goal is to excel in my academic pursuits and gain as much hands-on experience as possible through internships and volunteer opportunities. I am actively involved in student government, community service, and university clubs such as Circle K International, Pre-PA Club, and Christian Students, which provide me with valuable leadership skills and a deeper understanding of the needs of my community. Starting this October, I am eager to begin volunteering at Kaiser Permanente to further hone my skills and directly assist patients. These experiences are shaping me into a compassionate and competent healthcare provider. Long term, I aim to become a dedicated and skilled physician assistant capable of delivering high-quality, culturally competent care to all patients. I aspire to work in underserved communities, where I can make the most significant impact by addressing health disparities and advocating for patients who may feel marginalized by the healthcare system. My identity as a biracial individual, being half-Black and half-Filipino, gives me a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the importance of inclusivity and empathy in patient care. Being an underrepresented minority in this field fuels my determination to succeed and serve as a role model for others who may face similar challenges. I firmly believe that diversity among healthcare professionals is essential for delivering comprehensive and culturally sensitive care. By pursuing a career as a physician assistant, I hope to inspire future generations of minority students to enter the healthcare field and contribute to a more equitable and effective healthcare system. This scholarship will significantly alleviate the financial burden of my education, allowing me to focus more on my studies and less on financial stress. It will enable me to take full advantage of learning opportunities, engage in meaningful extracurricular activities, and pursue internships that will enhance my skills and knowledge. Additionally, it will help me save for postgraduate physician assistant schooling. Ultimately, this financial support will bring me one step closer to achieving my career goals and making a lasting impact in the healthcare field.
    Innovators of Color in STEM Scholarship
    Driven by a profound desire to see healthcare evolve and improve, I have chosen to pursue a degree in STEM. Growing up as a biracial individual, I have experienced firsthand the disparities in our healthcare system. Witnessing these inequities has fueled my motivation to address these challenges and drive meaningful change. Today's healthcare system, under significant scrutiny, reveals both flaws and immense potential for reform. Issues like diversity, high costs, accessibility, and inadequate care demand urgent attention. As an aspiring physician assistant, my goal is to bring about substantial change and ensure that every patient receives the empathy and care they deserve. First and foremost, I plan to integrate empathy into my practice, embracing a holistic approach to patient care. A quick online search or visit to any social media platform will reveal countless negative experiences from patients who have encountered healthcare providers lacking this essential skill. Without empathy and a holistic approach, patients cannot and will not feel truly cared for. As a person of color, I understand the unique challenges faced by minority patients. Through my experiences and volunteer work, I am honing my empathy skills to provide culturally competent care that makes every patient feel heard and valued. Volunteering at my local food bank, I have interacted with patients from various backgrounds, learning the importance of listening and understanding their unique experiences. These interactions have been instrumental in developing my empathy and reinforcing my commitment to holistic care. Additionally, as a biracial individual (half-Filipino and half-Black), I want to foster inclusivity within the hospital setting so minorities feel welcome, both as patients and colleagues. During my introductory Health Science class last school year, I realized how heavily the field of healthcare is impacted by issues of diversity. According to the 2023 AAPA Salary Report, over 80% of PAs are white. This lack of diversity poses numerous issues for minority patients, especially those who are not fluent in English. Research shows that minority patients feel more comfortable when cared for by a provider who looks like them, speaks their native language, or understands their culture. Drawing from my unique background and personal experience as a minority, I aim to remedy this issue and ensure equitable care for all patients. I have chosen to pursue a degree in STEM not only because I want to elicit change, but also because I am simply fascinated with health science. Although I have been drawn to health science since childhood, it was not until I took a physiology/anatomy class as a senior in high school that I realized I wanted to transform this fascination into something greater—a career. Exploring various topics within health science, such as health psychology, healthcare ethics, and human anatomy and physiology, has deepened my understanding and appreciation for the field and intensified my commitment to pursuing a career in healthcare. Beyond impacting the healthcare system directly, I also plan to create change in my community. I aim to volunteer my time and expertise in underserved areas where minorities often face significant healthcare barriers. Through community outreach, educational sessions at local schools, and hands-on CPR training, I aspire to narrow economic and healthcare disparities in my community and promote healthier lifestyles for all members. In conclusion, my decision to pursue a degree in STEM is driven by a vision of a future where healthcare is not only effective but also compassionate and inclusive. As a person of color, I am dedicated to making a meaningful difference in healthcare, both within clinical settings and throughout society at large.
    Reginald Kelley Scholarship
    I am deeply passionate about studying health science because I am driven by a profound desire to see healthcare evolve and improve. In today's world, critiques of the healthcare system are increasingly voiced, and they hold merit. The system is undeniably flawed and in desperate need of reform to address issues such as diversity, high costs, accessibility, and inadequate care. As an aspiring healthcare professional, specifically aiming to become a physician assistant specializing in pediatrics, my goal is to enact immediate and substantial change upon entering the field. First and foremost, I plan to integrate empathy into my practice, embracing a holistic approach to patient care. If you do a quick online search or visit any social media platform, I'm sure you will see countless negative experiences from patients who have encountered healthcare providers who lack this essential skill. Without empathy and a holistic approach to care, a patient cannot be and will not feel truly cared for. That is why right now, as a pre-health undergraduate student, I am actively honing this skill so that I can eventually deliver the utmost care to every patient I serve, making them feel heard and truly valued. Additionally, as a biracial individual (half-Filipino and half-Black), I want to foster inclusivity within the hospital setting so that minorities can feel welcome, both as patients and as colleagues. In taking an introductory Health Science class last school year, I realized that the field of healthcare is heavily impacted by issues of diversity. Take my intended occupation of physician assistant, for instance, where, according to data in 2021, about 78.1% of PAs were white (Data USA, n.d.). This apparent lack of diversity spells out numerous issues for patients who are minorities, especially those who are not fluent in English. Research has shown that minority patients feel much more comfortable when cared for by a provider who looks like them, speaks their native language, or understands their culture. Drawing from my unique background and personal experience as someone who is a minority, I hope to remedy this issue and ensure equitable care for patients from all walks of life. I am passionate about going into healthcare not only because I want to elicit change, but also because I am simply fascinated with health science. Although I have been drawn to health science since childhood, it was not until I took a physiology/anatomy class as a senior in high school that I realized I wanted to transform this fascination into something greater--a career. Exploring various topics within health science, such as health psychology, healthcare ethics, and, of course, human anatomy and physiology, has deepened my understanding and appreciation for the field and intensified my commitment to pursuing a career in healthcare. Although I plan to make the biggest difference within the healthcare system directly, I also plan to create change in my community. To help those who are less fortunate, I plan on volunteering my time and expertise in various underserved areas where access to healthcare is lacking. Whether it is through community outreaches, educational sessions at local schools, or hands-on CPR training lessons, I aspire to narrow the economic disparities in my community and promote healthier lifestyles for all community members. In conclusion, my passion for health science extends beyond addressing current shortcomings; it involves envisioning and actively shaping a future where healthcare is compassionate, inclusive, and effective. Through empathetic care, advocacy for diversity, and community engagement, I am dedicated to making a meaningful difference in healthcare both within clinical settings and throughout society at large.
    Sharra Rainbolt Memorial Scholarship
    Like a ball out of left field, my maternal grandmother’s colon cancer diagnosis in 2020 devastated my family, especially me. I was very close with my grandmother, as she lived on and off with my family, transitioning between my house and the house of one of my aunts. More than that, my grandmother genuinely loved me and showed it in numerous ways. She attended all my major academic and sports events and was always there when I needed someone to talk to. Through little things, such as cooking me a meal, ironing my clothes, or simply giving me advice, she showed how much she cared for me. Because of this, I was shocked and overwhelmed when I found out she had cancer. Moreover, I was afraid she would pass away and that I would no longer be able to spend time with her. However, as time went by, my grandmother battled cancer and won, eventually becoming cancer-free within about 2 years. Unfortunately, as she was getting better, my eldest aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2021 and rapidly deteriorated in condition. Within 9 months, my aunt had become bedridden and could barely eat. Sadly, she passed away in the summer of 2022, and my family, especially my grandmother, took it very hard. It was because of my aunt’s passing that my grandmother’s colon cancer resurfaced and, within just 6 months, it would claim her life. Having experienced the loss of a family member to cancer has taught me multiple significant life lessons. First, I learned that I should cherish the ones I love because they will not be around forever. I learned that I must make the moments with my family count each and every day so that they will turn into unforgettable memories. Second, I learned to be more compassionate and empathetic of other people’s situations. The phrase “You really don’t know what someone’s going through” resonated with me during this time because I felt that I had to put on a facade of normalcy when I was at school or around my friends, even though I was sad and heartbroken inside. Third, I learned the true importance of family, as each of my family members was able to comfort and console one another throughout the experience. With familial support and care, both my grandmother and aunt were able to receive personalized home care and live their last moments as comfortably and memorably as possible surrounded by family. Additionally, by seeing both my family members battle through cancer, I learned how quickly life can change. I learned that just within a matter of days a perfectly healthy and vibrant person can become weak and lifeless. This experience made me realize that I must make the most of my life and not let my fears hold me back to accomplish the things I want to. Lastly and most importantly of all, I learned that I must rely on the Lord and maintain my faith in Him at all times, as both of my family members were able to remain strong and battle through the pain and struggles of cancer because of their steadfast faith in the Lord. Although my extended family still grieves the loss of my grandmother and aunt, I keep them in memory and remember them for the impact they had on me, but I also choose to move forward. As a whole, this experience has confirmed my decision to go into healthcare as a physician assistant to help patients who are also struggling with cancer and other forms of chronic illness or pain.
    Hyacinth Malcolm Memorial Scholarship
    In the words of Denzel Washington, “At the end, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It's about what you've given back.” Denzel’s insightful quote ties directly into my ultimate educational goal, which is to become a physician assistant and ultimately give back to others. As a physician assistant or PA, I plan to change the world for the better, give back to my community, and leave a lasting positive impact. Through my work, I plan on helping those in my community who are less fortunate and struggling with medical impairments, illnesses, and injuries. By providing direct patient care, diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses, and working with a variety of patients, I hope to provide quality healthcare that will make the patients I treat feel valued and cared for. I also aim to show kindness and diligence in my work so as to create a world where people are happier, healthier, and kinder to others. Although pursuing this career will come with many obstacles, such as a busy life schedule and 2 strenuous years of physician assistant school, I know that I can persevere and overcome them due to my strong determination to succeed. Moreover, my open-mindedness and willingness to always grow and learn will allow me to fix any mistakes I make, and adapt and change when various hurdles come my way. Due to this, I am confident that I will be able to complete the goal I have set out to accomplish, regardless of the challenges or difficulties I face. This ambition of mine, however, is quite expensive since I will not only need to attend undergraduate school but PA (physician assistant) school as well, which could take upwards of 7 years. In order to put my dream into action, I have taken multiple honors and AP classes in high school so that I can get ahead in my college units and save money by doing so. I also plan on taking extra courses next semester and completing some of my general education courses next summer at my local community college to further save on expenses. Although I have my parents to help me pay off some of my tuition and other expenses, they can only help to an extent. Due to this, acquiring scholarships and grants is essential for me so that I can pay off all my expenses without taking out loans or going into debt. This scholarship specifically will help me fully pay off all of my tuition for next semester, allowing me to worry less about college expenses, spend more time studying and focusing on my coursework, and save up more for my future schooling as a grad student.
    Book Lovers Scholarship
    If everyone in the world could read just one book of my choosing, it would most definitely be Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 focuses on the dangers of censorship and the importance of having the ability to think for oneself. It emphasizes the significance of knowledge and free thought, and how a society that values gratification and entertainment over critical thinking and individuality is doomed to moral decay and overall destruction. In a dystopian world where reading is outlawed and people only seek instant gratification either by driving fast, watching TV shows, or going to “fun parks,” this novel depicts how society can easily become dull and ignorant, controlled fully by the government. Throughout the novel, violence permeates all forms of entertainment and the government controls society with an iron grip through the censorship of books via firemen, or those assigned with burning every book that is discovered. The protagonist, Montag, who is one such fireman loyal to the government and its beliefs, must ultimately decide whether or not to continue following his orders as a fireman or to pursue the knowledge he desperately craves after reading a book he steals on the job. This internal dilemma forces us readers to reflect on our lives and the state of our society. It encourages yet also urges us to think for ourselves and not give in to social pressure. It emboldens us to not follow the status quo and to fight against the threat of censorship and tyranny. As a whole, this book provides relevant social commentary and reminds us to value and protect our intellectual freedom and individuality. Due to this, I think that everyone should give this wonderful book a read.
    Ruth Hazel Scruggs King Scholarship
    All throughout my high school life, teachers and classmates would always ask me to share about myself and describe who I am. I found this task particularly difficult since I am a firm believer in the saying "Actions speak louder than words," and have never really taken the time to select specific words that would describe me. There would be countless times when I would just mumble the first thing that came to mind or mindlessly repeat what other people had called me. However, most people knew me because of my actions--volunteering over 400 hours throughout my four years in high school, graduating with a cumulative 4.5 GPA and ranking #4 out of the 600 students in my class, being a co-founder of my high school's chess club, implementing a weekly campus clean-up for my high school through my leadership in Key Club to combat the school's shortage of janitors, and taking on an internship to help teach elementary schoolers for summer school--and took this as a vivid depiction of what type of person I am. With all of my experiences and roles in leadership, I have learned that I have a strong desire to help others, improve my community, and take care of people. Because of this, I have decided to pursue the career of becoming a physician assistant. Although many of my teachers and peers believe that I would be better suited to become a doctor or medical specialist and urge me to "just endure the extra years of schooling since the money would be better," I always tell them that my time would be better spent helping others than furthering my studies. For me, money is not the sole motivation for my interest in becoming a physician assistant, but instead, my drive and passion to help others and better my community. Taking on the role of a physician assistant would allow me to develop a similar skillset to that of a doctor, but would result in me working--and helping others--much sooner. As a future physician assistant, I plan on helping those in my community who are less fortunate and struggling with medical problems or difficulties. By providing direct patient care, diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses, and working with a variety of patients, I hope to provide quality healthcare that will make the patients I treat feel valued and cared for. I also aim to show kindness, diligence, and empathy in my work so as to create a hospital environment where people are comfortable, happy, and healthy; moreover, I hope that through my work, I can decrease negative hospital stigmas that cause people to avoid healthcare. To further help others, I also plan on volunteering my time and expertise in the medical field at various places where access to and knowledge of healthcare is lacking or nonexistent. Hosting community outreaches, speaking at middle and high schools, or teaching a free class on CPR training are just a few ways I would go about doing this. Although pursuing this career will come with many obstacles, such as 2 tough (and I mean TOUGH) years of physician assistant school, a busy life schedule, and long hours at the hospital, I know that it will all be worth it because it will ultimately help others and contribute to the well-being of my community and society at large. By donating my time and energy to serve others through my career as a physician assistant, I plan to leave a positive impact and create a better, more wholesome world.
    Deborah Thomas Scholarship Award
    My dream job is to become a physician assistant. Why, you might ask? Well, it's because it would allow me to fulfill my passion for helping others and caring for those in the community who are the most vulnerable. Although pursuing this career will come with many obstacles, such as 2 tough (and I mean TOUGH) years of physician assistant school, a busy life schedule, and long hours at the hospital, I know that it will all be worth it because it will ultimately help others and contribute to the well-being of my community and society at large. As a future physician assistant, I plan to change the world for the better and leave a lasting positive impact. Through my work, I plan on helping those in my community who are less fortunate and struggling with medical impairments, illnesses, and injuries. By providing direct patient care, diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses, and working with a variety of patients, I hope to provide quality healthcare that will make the patients I treat feel valued and cared for. I also aim to show kindness, diligence, and empathy in my work so as to create a world where people are happier, healthier, and kinder to others. Then, I hope that the kindness shown through my career will motivate others to pay it forward to those around them and that this will cause future generations to lead their lives with an equal amount of kindness and compassion. Moreover, by working as a physician assistant, I hope to help remedy the crippling shortage of healthcare workers in the medical field. With hospitals already facing this monumental problem, I plan to be one of the few who stand up and volunteer to be the solution. Doing so, I believe, will allow patients to receive quality health care that is timely, precise, and considerate. On top of that, I know that my efforts will contribute to relieving the already overworked physicians in the field who cannot conduct their job to the fullest due to large patient rosters and strict time limits. To further help others, I also plan on volunteering my time and expertise in the medical field at various places where access to and knowledge of healthcare is lacking or nonexistent. Hosting community outreaches, speaking at middle and high schools, or teaching a free class on CPR training are just a few ways I would go about doing this. Ultimately, I plan to leave a positive impact and create a better, more wholesome world by serving others through my career as a physician assistant and donating my time and energy to help inform as many people as possible about how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
    Dema Dimbaya Humanitarianism and Disaster Relief Scholarship
    All my life, I have lived by the motto of "See a need, fill a need." This motto has inspired not only my active involvement in the community but also my desire to bring about wholesome change through the actions I take. Earlier this year, when I realized that my high school had been short-staffed with janitors, I could not help but step in. With my position as an officer at my school’s Key Club, I organized and set up a weekly event where volunteers would help teachers clean out their classrooms to ease the burden of the few already overworked janitors that the school had. The impact of this service project was tremendous and far-reaching, as we were able to help over 50+ teachers, all of whom were grateful for the assistance. As a result of the project, not only did teachers no longer have to worry about their classrooms being cleaned and janitors no longer have to stress about cleaning every classroom, but volunteers were able to make a positive impact on their campus and realize the importance of appreciating the staff members who work hard to keep the school clean and organized. So, why am I so drawn to community service? Simply put, it's because I am most passionate about helping others and making a positive impact on the world. It is because I have always thought of putting others first and helping those who are in need. It is because community service is a way for me to put my beliefs into action and demonstrate thoughtfulness and kindness in a world where these attributes are lacking. It is because community service speaks to the love and care we show for one another and demonstrates the selflessness that is needed to create a better, more wholesome world. The drive to make a change in my community while also filling any need that comes my way has motivated me to further my volunteering efforts in college and in the future. Through my career goal of becoming a physician assistant, I plan on volunteering my time and expertise in the medical field at various places where access to healthcare is nonexistent. By doing this, I hope to fill the economic gap in my community and inform everyone about how to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Also, I plan to use my medical expertise to serve as a first responder to nearby natural disasters, providing immediate healthcare to those desperately in need of it. Overall, volunteering and community service have played a large role in my life, shaping my view of the world and making me a much more community-oriented individual. I have truly loved and enjoyed each and every moment I got to serve my community and help those who needed it, with smiles of joy and heartfelt thank-yous being all of the compensation I ever needed. Through the countless hours I have spent giving back to my community and the variety of community events that I have organized or helped to set up, I have learned the importance of volunteering and the immense value a tight-knit community holds. In the near and distant future, I hope to continue my volunteering efforts and continue giving back to the community in all the ways that I can so as to put the world one step in the right direction towards a brighter, better future.
    Coleman for Patriots Scholarship
    As I helped two elderly women select groceries from the local food bank, they expressed to me their deep gratitude and told me that this would help feed their struggling large family who had been in dire straits for more than a year. At that moment, I realized that my one single choice to volunteer that day had significantly impacted the lives of strangers I barely knew. It was truly a fulfilling and heartstring-tugging experience to make such a profound change in these women’s lives by simply helping them bring home food. All my life, I have lived by the motto of "See a need, fill a need." This motto has not only inspired my active involvement in the community but also my desire to bring about wholesome change through the actions I take. Earlier this year, when I realized that my high school had been short-staffed with janitors, I could not help but step in. With my position as an officer at my school’s Key Club, I organized and set up a weekly event where volunteers would help teachers clean out their classrooms to ease the burden of the few already overworked janitors that the school had. The impact of this service project was tremendous and far-reaching, as we were able to help over 50+ teachers, all of whom were grateful for the assistance. As a result of the project, not only did teachers no longer have to worry about their classrooms being cleaned and janitors no longer have to stress about cleaning every classroom, but volunteers were able to make a positive impact on their campus and realize the importance of appreciating the staff members who work hard to keep the school clean and organized. Another large-scale project that I helped to plan and create was a canvassing effort to promote the improvement of the Laguna Creek inter-regional trail system so as to make it more accessible to underrepresented communities. Working with Elk Grove and Civic Thread, I was able to help in the canvassing project that would spread awareness of the cause to local neighborhoods that would be directly affected by the change. Through this, a large part of the community became informed about the project and was able to provide relevant feedback and input to enhance the city’s plans. As a whole, volunteering has played a large role in my high school life, shaping my view of the world and making me a much more community-oriented individual. I have truly loved and enjoyed each and every moment I got to serve my community and help those who needed it, with smiles of joy and heartfelt thank-yous being all of the compensation I would ever need. The drive to make a change in my community whilst also filling any need that comes my way has inspired me to further my volunteering efforts in college and in the future. Through the countless hours I have spent giving back to my community and the variety of community events that I have organized or helped to set up, I believe that I have made a difference in my local community and brought about a change that has helped put the world one step in the right direction towards a brighter, better future.
    Holt Scholarship
    Others would describe me as kind, driven, reliable, and friendly. I am a person who takes education seriously and has big plans for the future. I value integrity and strive to do my best in everything I do. Ever since I was a young child, I have always thought of putting others first and helping those who were in need. Helping my grandmother walk down a flight of stairs, volunteering to help out with my elementary school's snack shop, providing food to those in need through my local food bank, and staying after school to clean up my teacher's classroom are just a few examples of how I enjoyed helping others. Now, these long-held ideals and small acts of kindness have evolved into my passion for helping others, especially at a time when they are most vulnerable, through the career I plan to pursue today--becoming a physician assistant. To make this goal a reality, I plan on completing my undergraduate degree in health science and attending a physician assistant program so that I may earn my Master's degree. This ambition of mine, however, is quite expensive since I will not only need to attend undergraduate school but PA (physician assistant) school as well, which could take upwards of 6 years. Acquiring scholarships and grants will offset the financial burden of paying for college and would allow me to enter the workforce with little to no debt. Health science has always been a fascination of mine, as it is a field of study that would allow me to serve my community while also helping others in a meaningful way. The topics discussed within health science, such as human anatomy and physiology, have always been so intriguing to me. Learning about the numerous systems within the body, the ways they overlap and interact with one another, and how each system is specifically structured to function in its own special way have further fueled my passion for pursuing the field of healthcare. Through my career, I plan to better the world and leave a positive impact. Working as a physician assistant will allow me to help those struggling with medical impairments, illnesses, and injuries. By providing direct patient care, diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses, and working with a variety of patients, I hope to make a direct, positive impact on my community. Through my work, I plan on providing quality healthcare that will make patients feel valued and cared for. Through the kindness and diligence I display in my work, I hope to motivate others to pay it forward to those around them and create a world where people are happier, healthier, and kinder to others. Who knows? Maybe the next generation of children will see my work, and the work of countless other like-minded individuals, and take it as an example of how to lead their lives--one that is filled with kindness and compassion. Moreover, by working as a physician assistant, I hope to help remedy the crippling shortage of healthcare workers in the field. Not only will this allow patients to receive quality health care that is quicker than before, but it will ensure that patients have their concerns heard and that they are treated with the correct care. Additionally, I hope to relieve the already overworked physicians in the field who are unable to conduct their job to the fullest due to large patient rosters and strict time limits. Overall, my aspiration to become a physician assistant is paved with the intention of helping others and creating a better, more wholesome world.
    Do Good Scholarship
    I have always wanted to make a significant impact on the world and help people through my efforts. Ever since I was a young child, I have always thought of putting others first and helping those who were in need. Helping my grandmother walk down a flight of stairs, volunteering to help out with my elementary school's snack shop, and staying after school to clean up my teacher's classroom are just a few examples of how I enjoyed helping others. This principle has been carried over into my high school life as well. Being actively involved in my school's Key Club has allowed me to put my beliefs into action by helping others and serving my local community. By helping clean classrooms at my school, providing food to those in need through my local food bank, and creating memorable experiences for a multitude of people through my volunteer work, I have been able to understand how my actions can result in a significant and positive impact on the lives of others. Now, these long-held ideals and small acts of kindness have evolved into my passion for helping others through the career I plan to pursue today--becoming a physician assistant. To make this goal a reality, I plan on completing my undergraduate degree in health science and attending a physician assistant program so that I may earn my Master's degree. Through my career, I plan to better the world. Working as a physician assistant will allow me to help those struggling with medical impairments, illnesses, and injuries. By providing direct patient care, diagnosing and treating injuries and illnesses, and working with a variety of patients, I hope to make a direct, positive impact on my community. Through my work, I plan on providing quality healthcare that will make patients feel valued and cared for. By doing this, I aim to make a noticeable, immediate impact on the lives of the patients I treat. Through my kindness and diligence, I hope to create a world where people are happier, healthier, and kinder to others. Then, I hope that the kindness shown through my career will motivate others to pay it forward to those around them. Who knows? Maybe the next generation of children will see my work, and the work of countless other like-minded individuals, and take it as an example of how to run their lives, a life that is filled with kindness and compassion. Moreover, by working as a physician assistant, I hope to help remedy the crippling shortage of healthcare workers in the field. Through my efforts alone, I know that a single patient will receive care quicker than they would have if I had not chosen to pursue this career, and that this by itself could translate into the saving of a life. Due to this, I know that my decision to become a physician assistant will truly help others, and thus, better the world.
    Maureen "Moe" Graham Memorial Scholarship
    One time I displayed kindness, positivity, and hard work while working through a challenge in my life was when I was bullied in grade school. Undoubtedly, this was one of my life's most struggling and challenging periods. Not only was I bullied by my classmates for something so trivial such as liking to read books, but even worse, my reading teacher took part in the harassment as well. Feeling ostracized and lonely in the classroom caused me to miss many days of school and transpired in multiple days where I would be horribly sick. Worse, the friends that I believed I had turned their backs on me and took part in the bullying as well. There would be many days when I would break down crying at school and at home. Feelings of loneliness, frustration, and even aimlessness flooded my mind on a daily basis. My parents, although extremely helpful in this situation, were preoccupied with their demanding work schedule and could not keep up with the numerous days of school I missed and the multiple days I would have to go to the hospital. The only solace I could find was through God. Praying and reading the Bible on a daily basis allowed me to stay strong and persevere through all of the struggles and challenges I faced. By doing this, I learned to forgive those who wronged me, turn my sad, melancholic attitude into something of positivity and joy, and emerge as someone stronger than I once was. Not only this, but I began to work harder in school, focusing mainly on my academic and spiritual life. I made sure to complete every homework assignment given to me and to study extensively for all my tests and quizzes. Doing so allowed me to gain new confidence in myself, as my grades soared higher than they were before. Moreover, delving deeper into my academics put new opportunities in my path, as I was able to develop new friendships and form lasting connections with my teachers. This, in turn, helped me to show more kindness to others. A few examples of the kindness I displayed to others include helping my classmates with their schoolwork, cleaning up my homeroom teacher's classroom to help her with her already busy life, spending my class points to teach school lessons to the 2nd graders, and interacting with students who looked as if they were sad or lonely. Although this experience is now a distant memory of the past, it still has current, lasting effects on me today. From this experience alone, I have learned to be more accepting of myself and to value school and God on a much higher level. Moreover, this experience has taught me to always value kindness and to be empathetic to other people's situations, as you never know what they are going through. I truly believe that going through this challenge has shaped me, my worldview, and my personality for the better, and though horrible and distressing, I am grateful for it.
    Act Locally Scholarship
    I want to see more people serving their communities. I want to see the country come together to achieve a common goal and lessen the divisive political attitude of our nation. I want to see the world work together in harmony and peace so that future generations may prosper and thrive. To help make a difference in my local community, I have taken part in a plethora of community service activities, serving over 190 hours of my time to better the projects, events, and ambitions of those around me. I have also set up a variety of community events to help those who need it. One such event I set up was the Science Classroom Clean-Up at my school. This event aimed to aid the science department of my school by helping teachers clean out their classrooms at a time when our school was extremely short-staffed with janitors. The tasks of this service project included sweeping, mopping, wiping down tables, dusting, and throwing away trash. I set up this service project at the start of November and have been providing the science teachers with Key Club volunteers every week to help them clean and organize their classrooms, as well as perform any other necessary duties. The impact of this service project has been far-reaching. Due to this service project, the science teachers no longer have to worry about getting somebody to clean their classrooms and have much more free time so that they can leave campus earlier, focus more on their duties as a teacher, and spend more time with their families.