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Melika Cummings

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Bio

Inner will is within us all. We are all the products of our own will, not the external forces. This is one of my many life mottos that I stand beside on the daily. Hello, I am Melika Cummings. I am the daughter of a single immigrant mother with a passion for healthcare and the biological sciences. Growing up, willpower was all I had at times of difficulty. Despite the trial and tribulations that tested my strength to persevere, I have always used my willpower to push through, with the vision of what I want my future to hold. Unlike many teens, my idealistic life is not filled with expensive cars and nuisance items of luxury. In life, my most potent aspiration is to be truly happy with what I have done in my life. I believe that life is not complete unless you leave behind a legacy of authentic compassion towards others. This is one of the main drives I have in pursuing higher education in biological sciences before completing medical school. In the healthcare field, I am able to look into to the eyes of those in need and provide for them that sense of reassurance. I would rather impact one individual a day than leave behind a money trail, as money has never suggested success to me. In regards to such a thought, I believe it is not the money that allows success but the actions taken with that money. I hope to fund my education from generous donors that believe that giving to the younger generations will, in turn, allow those who want to impact many more after. Education is a legacy.

Education

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2024
  • Majors:
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Minors:
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

Rancho High School

High School
2017 - 2021
  • Majors:
    • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
    • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
    • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Minors:
    • Neuroscience
    • Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Other
    • Biopsychology

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

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

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Hospital & Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Director of MDs

    • Warehouse Associate

      Flora Couture
      2020 – 2020

    Sports

    Dancing

    Intramural
    2020 – Present4 years

    Research

    • Biochemistry

      UNLV Upward Bound Science Fair — Researcher
      2019 – 2019

    Arts

    • Independent

      Drawing
      none
      2019 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Sunrise Children's Hospital — Volunteer
      2020 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Black Leaders Scholarship
    In honor of Black History Month, I want to celebrate and honor the most influential Black leader in my life: my mother. Growing up with her as a single mother, I witnessed firsthand her incredible strength, resilience, and unwavering dedication. She has been my rock, my role model, and the person who has inspired me the most. My mother immigrated to the United States from Jamaica with virtually nothing except her determination and her love for me. Navigating a new country, a new culture, and a multitude of challenges, she managed to provide for our family with grace and perseverance. Despite the numerous obstacles she faced, she never let them deter her from giving me the best possible life and instilling in me the values of hard work, education, and community service. One of the most remarkable aspects of my mother’s journey is her ability to turn adversity into strength. As a single mother, she juggled multiple jobs to make ends meet while still being present and supportive in my life. Her relentless work ethic and commitment to our well-being have taught me the importance of resilience and perseverance. She showed me that no matter how tough life gets, it is possible to rise above challenges with dignity and determination. Her influence extends beyond our household. My mother has always been deeply involved in our community, volunteering her time and resources to help others in need. She embodies the spirit of giving and service, teaching me that true success is not just about personal achievements but also about making a positive impact on the lives of others. Her compassion and generosity have inspired me to follow in her footsteps and dedicate myself to community service. My mother’s journey has also profoundly influenced my educational and career aspirations. Watching her navigate the healthcare system with limited resources inspired my desire to pursue a career in medicine. I saw how crucial access to quality healthcare was for our community and how much difference compassionate, knowledgeable medical professionals could make. Her struggles and triumphs have fueled my determination to become a gynecological oncologist, a profession where I can advocate for women’s health, provide compassionate care, and contribute to a more equitable healthcare system. One of the most powerful lessons my mother taught me is the importance of education. She always emphasized that education is the key to overcoming obstacles and achieving one's dreams. Despite the financial hardships, she ensured that I had access to quality education and encouraged me to pursue my academic goals with passion and dedication. Her belief in the transformative power of education is the driving force in my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. Her unwavering support and belief in my potential have given me the confidence to aim high and work tirelessly towards my goals. My mother’s story is a testament to the strength and resilience of Black women and the profound impact they can have on their families and communities. Her journey has shaped me into the person I am today, instilling in me the values of perseverance, compassion, and service. She has shown me that true leadership is not about titles or recognition but about making a difference in the lives of others through everyday acts of courage and kindness. Her strength, resilience, and unwavering commitment to our family and community have profoundly shaped my life and aspirations. Her legacy of love, service, and perseverance continues to inspire me every day, and I am committed to carrying forward her spirit of resilience and compassion in my own life and career.
    Simon Strong Scholarship
    Everyone faces adversity in their life, and my journey has been no exception. Growing up as part of a poor immigrant family from Jamaica, I experienced significant challenges from an early age. However, the most profound adversity I faced was being sexually assaulted at a young age. This traumatic experience introduced me to a world of pain, confusion, and deep emotional turmoil that I had to navigate without fully understanding it. Overcoming this adversity has been a long and difficult journey. In the aftermath of the assault, I struggled with depression and feelings of isolation. There were moments when the weight of my experiences felt unbearable, and I questioned my ability to move forward. However, through determination, support, and finding purpose, I began to heal and reclaim my life. One of the pivotal steps in my healing process was seeking support from an independent group dedicated to empowering survivors of sexual assault. This group provided a safe space where I could share my story, connect with others who understood my pain, and receive the emotional support I desperately needed. Being part of this community helped me realize that I was not alone and that my experiences did not define me. It also inspired me to help others in similar situations, leading me to create a local craft circle for individuals struggling with mental health issues. This circle became a sanctuary where people could express themselves through art, find solace in creativity, and support one another through their healing journeys. My academic and career aspirations have also played a crucial role in overcoming adversity. Pursuing a bachelor's degree in biological sciences with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in neuroscience has given me a sense of purpose and direction. My studies provided an outlet for my passion for understanding the complexities of the human body and mind, and they fueled my determination to make a positive impact in the field of medicine. Aspiring to become a gynecological oncologist, I am driven by a desire to provide compassionate care to women facing reproductive health challenges and to advocate for comprehensive, empathetic healthcare. This adversity has profoundly shaped who I am today. It has taught me the importance of resilience, empathy, and the power of community. I have become more compassionate and understanding towards others' struggles, and I am committed to using my experiences to help those in need. My journey has also reinforced my belief in the importance of mental health and the need for accessible support systems for those dealing with trauma and depression. To someone facing similar circumstances, my advice is multifaceted. Reach out to trusted friends, family, or support groups. Sharing your story and connecting with others who understand your pain can provide immense relief and help you feel less isolated. Find a purpose and pursue it with passion and vulnerability. Finally, use the experience to inspire and care for others. In conclusion, facing and overcoming adversity has been a defining part of my journey. It has shaped me into a more empathetic, resilient, and purpose-driven individual. By seeking support, pursuing my passions, and using my experiences to help others, I have been able to transform my pain into a source of strength and inspiration. My hope is that others facing similar challenges can find solace in knowing they are not alone and that there is a path to healing and empowerment.
    Sean Carroll's Mindscape Big Picture Scholarship
    I believe it is crucial to work towards a better understanding of the nature of our universe because this knowledge not only satisfies our innate curiosity but also drives technological advancements, fosters global collaboration, and addresses fundamental questions about our existence. Understanding the universe has profound implications for our daily lives, our future, and the sustainability of our planet. First and foremost, the pursuit of knowledge about the universe satisfies our deep-seated curiosity and desire to explore the unknown. From the earliest civilizations, humans have looked up at the stars with wonder, seeking to understand our place in the cosmos. This quest has led to some of the most significant scientific discoveries, from the laws of gravity to the theory of relativity, which have revolutionized our understanding of the physical world. Moreover, advancements in our understanding of the universe often lead to technological innovations that have wide-reaching applications. For example, the development of satellite technology, initially driven by space exploration, has transformed global communication, weather forecasting, and navigation systems. Similarly, research in astrophysics and quantum mechanics has spurred innovations in medical imaging, computing, and energy solutions. By investing in the exploration and understanding of the universe, we open the door to new technologies that can improve our quality of life and address pressing global challenges. The exploration of the universe also fosters international collaboration and unity. Space missions and astronomical research projects often involve scientists and engineers from around the world working together towards common goals. This collaboration transcends national borders and cultural differences, promoting peace and cooperation. By continuing to explore and understand the universe, we build a shared sense of purpose and collective achievement that can inspire future generations. In my pursuit of understanding the universe, I hope to employ ideas and concepts from a range of scientific disciplines, integrating knowledge from physics, astronomy, and mathematics to unravel the complexities of the cosmos. One concept I find particularly intriguing is the study of dark matter and dark energy, which make up a significant portion of the universe yet remain largely mysterious. Investigating these phenomena could unlock new insights into the fundamental nature of matter and energy, potentially leading to groundbreaking discoveries about the origins and fate of the universe. Additionally, I am fascinated by the potential of quantum mechanics to revolutionize our understanding of the universe at the smallest scales. The strange and counterintuitive behaviors of particles at the quantum level challenge our classical notions of reality and have the potential to reveal new dimensions of space-time and the fundamental forces that govern the universe. By exploring these concepts, we may uncover new principles that could reshape our understanding of physics and lead to the development of new technologies. Another area of interest is the study of exoplanets and the search for extraterrestrial life. Discovering other habitable worlds and understanding the conditions necessary for life to thrive can provide valuable insights into the uniqueness of our own planet and the potential for life elsewhere in the universe. This research not only satisfies our curiosity about the existence of other life forms but also has implications for the future of human exploration and the preservation of our environment. In conclusion, the quest to better understand the nature of our universe is a fundamental endeavor that drives scientific progress, technological innovation, and international cooperation. By exploring the mysteries of dark matter, quantum mechanics, and exoplanets, we can expand our knowledge and open new frontiers for discovery. Through this pursuit, we not only deepen our understanding of the cosmos but also unlock new possibilities for improving life on Earth and inspiring future generations to continue the journey of exploration and discovery.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    My journey with mental health has profoundly shaped my goals, relationships, and understanding of the world. Experiencing sexual assault at a young age introduced me to a world of pain and confusion that I had to navigate without fully understanding it. This trauma has been a significant part of my life, influencing how I interact with others, the passions I pursue, and my overall perspective on life. The aftermath of the assault led to struggles with depression, a battle that has been both challenging and transformative. Coping with depression has been an ongoing process, marked by periods of intense struggle and moments of clarity and growth. Through this journey, I have learned the importance of resilience, self-compassion, and seeking support. One of the most impactful ways I have worked through my trauma and mental health challenges is by connecting with others who have had similar experiences. I joined an independent group dedicated to empowering survivors of sexual assault, where I found a supportive community and a platform to advocate for others. This involvement has been incredibly healing, allowing me to turn my pain into a source of strength and to help others find their own paths to healing. Recognizing the therapeutic power of creativity, I also created a local craft circle for individuals struggling with mental health issues. This group provides a safe and welcoming space for people to express themselves through art, share their stories, and find solace in the company of others who understand their struggles. The craft circle has been a testament to the healing power of community and creativity, and it has reinforced my belief in the importance of support networks and self-expression in mental health recovery. My experiences with mental health have significantly influenced my academic and career aspirations. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in neuroscience has been both a personal and professional journey towards understanding the complexities of the human mind and body. My studies have provided me with a deeper appreciation of the biological underpinnings of mental health disorders and the importance of compassionate, holistic care. Aspiring to become a gynecological oncologist, I am driven by a desire to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others, particularly women who may have experienced trauma and are facing significant health challenges. My personal experiences have instilled in me a deep empathy and a commitment to providing care that acknowledges and respects the mental and emotional aspects of health. I aim to create a healthcare environment where patients feel seen, heard, and supported, addressing both their physical and mental health needs. The struggles I have faced with depression have also taught me the importance of perseverance and hope. Despite the challenges, my academic pursuits and career goals have given me a sense of purpose and direction. The knowledge that I can use my experiences to help others and contribute to advancements in healthcare keeps me motivated and focused on my path. In conclusion, my journey with mental health has been a defining aspect of my life, shaping my goals, relationships, and understanding of the world. The trauma of sexual assault and the ongoing battle with depression have influenced my commitment to empowering others and advocating for comprehensive, compassionate care. Through my education and future career as a gynecological oncologist, I hope to make a positive impact, supporting individuals through their health challenges and contributing to a more empathetic and effective healthcare system.
    Connie Konatsotis Scholarship
    I am a passionate and driven individual who believes in the power of education to transform lives and communities. Growing up as part of a poor immigrant family from Jamaica, I experienced firsthand the challenges of limited resources and opportunities. Despite these obstacles, I have always been deeply committed to my education and to serving others. These experiences have shaped my aspirations and fueled my determination to make a positive impact on the world. One of the most significant influences in my life has been community service. From a young age, I understood the value of giving back, inspired by the support my family received when we had almost nothing. Volunteering as a junior volunteer at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, particularly in the pediatric sector, was a pivotal experience that solidified my desire to pursue a career in medicine. Through these experiences, I discovered the profound impact that compassionate care and medical expertise can have on individuals and families, inspiring my ambition to become a gynecological oncologist. My interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) is deeply rooted in my fascination with biological systems and my passion for problem-solving. STEAM fields offer endless possibilities for innovation and discovery, and I am particularly drawn to the intersection of science and technology in healthcare. The ever-evolving nature of these fields excites me, as they continuously present new challenges and opportunities to improve lives. In my pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in neuroscience, I have been able to delve into the complexities of the human body and the intricate workings of the brain. These studies have not only deepened my understanding of the scientific world but also reinforced my commitment to using this knowledge to make a tangible difference. My participation in health-related community service, training as an emergency medical technician, and involvement in organizations like HOSA-FHP have further enhanced my skills and broadened my perspective on healthcare. Through my education and future career as a gynecological oncologist, I hope to address critical health disparities and improve outcomes for women facing reproductive cancers. By specializing in this field, I aim to provide comprehensive care that prioritizes both the physical and emotional well-being of my patients. My goal is to develop innovative treatments and protocols that ensure safer pregnancies and healthier lives for both mothers and their children. Additionally, I plan to focus on preventive care and education, empowering women with the knowledge and resources they need to make informed health decisions. Beyond my professional aspirations, I am committed to advocating for underserved communities and working towards a more equitable healthcare system. By combining my medical expertise with my passion for community service, I strive to create a positive and lasting impact on the world. I believe that by addressing the root causes of health disparities and promoting access to quality care, we can build healthier, more resilient communities. In conclusion, my journey from a challenging upbringing to a dedicated student and aspiring gynecological oncologist has been driven by my passion for STEAM, my commitment to service, and my unwavering belief in the power of education. I am excited to continue my studies, contribute to scientific advancements, and make a meaningful impact on the world through my career in medicine.
    Natalie Joy Poremski Scholarship
    Faith is the cornerstone of my life, guiding my actions, decisions, and aspirations. Every day, I strive to live out my faith through my commitment to serving others, particularly in advocating for the sanctity of life. This commitment is deeply rooted in my belief in the inherent value and dignity of every human being, from conception to natural death. My pro-life stance is not merely a theoretical belief but a practical guide that shapes my daily interactions and future goals. One way I actively live out my faith is by volunteering at my local pregnancy center, where I provide support to women facing unplanned pregnancies. I offer compassionate counseling, educational resources, and emotional support, helping them navigate their choices with the knowledge that they are not alone. This hands-on work allows me to make a direct impact, affirming the value of both the mother and the unborn child. My faith has profoundly influenced my career path and future goals. I am pursuing a career as a gynecological oncologist, a decision driven by my desire to protect and promote life at all stages. This specialty not only allows me to provide critical care to women facing reproductive cancers but also offers an opportunity to advocate for safer pregnancies and healthier outcomes for both mothers and their babies. In my current studies as a biological sciences major with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in neuroscience, I am laying the groundwork for my future medical career. My academic journey is fueled by a passion for understanding the complexities of the human body and finding ways to improve medical outcomes. My faith inspires me to approach my education with a sense of purpose, knowing that the knowledge and skills I acquire will enable me to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. As a gynecological oncologist, I plan to focus on integrating compassionate care with advanced medical techniques to ensure safer pregnancies and better health outcomes for women. My goal is to create a healthcare environment where every life is valued and protected. This includes advocating for comprehensive prenatal care, early detection of reproductive cancers, and innovative treatments that minimize risks to both mother and child. One specific area where I aim to make a significant impact is in the management of high-risk pregnancies. By specializing in gynecological oncology, I can develop protocols and treatments that address the unique challenges faced by pregnant women with cancer. This dual focus not only saves lives but also supports women in making informed decisions that prioritize both their health and the health of their unborn children. My faith also compels me to educate and empower others. Through community outreach programs, I plan to raise awareness about the importance of early cancer screenings and prenatal care. By partnering with local churches and community organizations, I can extend my reach and provide vital information to women who might not otherwise have access to these resources. In conclusion, my faith is the driving force behind my commitment to the pro-life movement and my career aspirations as a gynecological oncologist. It shapes my daily actions, inspires my educational pursuits, and guides my vision for the future. By combining my faith with my medical education, I am determined to enact positive change, protect all stages of life, and create a world where every life is cherished and safeguarded.
    Priscilla Shireen Luke Scholarship
    My journey began as part of a poor immigrant family from Jamaica, where we arrived in the United States with almost nothing except each other. Growing up, I learned firsthand the power of community service and the profound impact it can have on individuals and families. Service to others is the foundation of being at peace with oneself, and this belief has guided me throughout my life. Community service has always been more than an act of kindness for me; it’s a commitment to creating meaningful change. This commitment was solidified during my time as a junior volunteer at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where I primarily worked in the pediatric sector. This experience ignited my passion for medicine and my desire to become a pediatrician. My ultimate goal is to use my skills and knowledge to address critical social issues, particularly in underserved communities. One of the most pressing social issues I am passionate about is healthcare access in rural Jamaica. Growing up, I saw many families struggle with limited access to quality healthcare. This disparity has driven my aspiration to return to Jamaica as a doctor, where I can make a significant difference in the lives of those in rural areas. By providing much-needed medical care, I can help address the severe healthcare shortages and improve the overall health and wellbeing of these communities. As a doctor in rural Jamaica, I plan to focus on preventive care and education. Many health issues in these areas are preventable with the right knowledge and resources. By educating communities on nutrition, hygiene, and disease prevention, I can help reduce the incidence of common but preventable illnesses. Additionally, I aim to establish sustainable healthcare programs that empower local communities to take charge of their health. My academic journey is a testament to my dedication to this cause. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in neuroscience. My experiences volunteering with organizations like Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada and training as an emergency medical technician have deepened my understanding of the medical field and strengthened my resolve to become a doctor. In rural Jamaica, healthcare infrastructure is often lacking, and many people cannot afford to travel to urban centers for medical treatment. By establishing a practice in a rural area, I can provide direct care to those who need it most. My goal is to not only treat illnesses but also to create a healthcare model that is sustainable and community-focused. This includes training local healthcare workers and collaborating with other medical professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach to healthcare delivery. Furthermore, I am particularly interested in addressing specific health issues prevalent in Jamaica, such as diabetes and hypertension, which are often exacerbated by limited access to medical care and education. Through targeted health initiatives and community outreach programs, I can help manage and prevent these chronic conditions, ultimately improving the quality of life for many individuals. In conclusion, my dedication to community service and my passion for medicine are driving forces in my life. By becoming a doctor and returning to rural Jamaica, I can address critical social issues related to healthcare access and make a lasting positive impact. My vision is to create a healthier, more empowered community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
    CATALYSTS Scholarship
    My journey began as part of a poor immigrant family from Jamaica, where we arrived in the United States with almost nothing except each other. Growing up, I learned firsthand the power of community service and the profound impact it can have on individuals and families. Service to others is the foundation of being at peace with oneself, and this belief has guided me throughout my life. Community service has always been more than an act of kindness for me; it’s a commitment to creating meaningful change. This commitment was solidified during my time as a junior volunteer at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where I primarily worked in the pediatric sector. This experience ignited my passion for medicine and my desire to become a pediatrician. My ultimate goal is to use my skills and knowledge to address critical social issues, particularly in underserved communities. One of the most pressing social issues I am passionate about is healthcare access in rural Jamaica. Growing up, I saw many families struggle with limited access to quality healthcare. This disparity has driven my aspiration to return to Jamaica as a doctor, where I can make a significant difference in the lives of those in rural areas. By providing much-needed medical care, I can help address the severe healthcare shortages and improve the overall health and wellbeing of these communities. As a doctor in rural Jamaica, I plan to focus on preventive care and education. Many health issues in these areas are preventable with the right knowledge and resources. By educating communities on nutrition, hygiene, and disease prevention, I can help reduce the incidence of common but preventable illnesses. Additionally, I aim to establish sustainable healthcare programs that empower local communities to take charge of their health. My academic journey is a testament to my dedication to this cause. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a pre-professional concentration and a minor in neuroscience. My experiences volunteering with organizations like Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada and training as an emergency medical technician have deepened my understanding of the medical field and strengthened my resolve to become a doctor. In rural Jamaica, healthcare infrastructure is often lacking, and many people cannot afford to travel to urban centers for medical treatment. By establishing a practice in a rural area, I can provide direct care to those who need it most. My goal is to not only treat illnesses but also to create a healthcare model that is sustainable and community-focused. This includes training local healthcare workers and collaborating with other medical professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach to healthcare delivery. Furthermore, I am particularly interested in addressing specific health issues prevalent in Jamaica, such as diabetes and hypertension, which are often exacerbated by limited access to medical care and education. Through targeted health initiatives and community outreach programs, I can help manage and prevent these chronic conditions, ultimately improving the quality of life for many individuals. In conclusion, my dedication to community service and my passion for medicine are driving forces in my life. By becoming a doctor and returning to rural Jamaica, I can address critical social issues related to healthcare access and make a lasting positive impact. My vision is to create a healthier, more empowered community where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
    MedLuxe Representation Matters Scholarship
    Growing up in a disadvantaged immigrant family from Jamaica, community service has always been at the core of my values. One defining moment in my childhood was receiving a backpack filled with school supplies that we couldn't afford. It was an act of kindness that changed my perspective on leadership and inspired my commitment to serving others. Throughout my academic and professional journey, I've dedicated myself to community service, whether it's volunteering at Sunrise Hospital or raising funds for organizations like Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. These experiences have shaped my understanding of the importance of giving back and advocating for those in need. As a third-year Biological Sciences major with a focus on Pre-Professional Concentration and a minor in Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I've immersed myself in research on the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases. My work, including notable publications and presentations, reflects my passion for making a difference in healthcare. One of my long-term goals is to become a gynecologist serving disadvantaged communities. I believe that increasing racial diversity in healthcare is crucial for addressing disparities in access and quality of care. As someone who has experienced firsthand the impact of socioeconomic challenges on healthcare access, I am committed to breaking down barriers and providing compassionate care to underserved populations. Statistically, increasing racial diversity in healthcare can lead to better health outcomes for minority patients. Studies have shown that patients are more likely to trust and adhere to treatment plans when they see healthcare providers who share their cultural background. By becoming a gynecologist in communities like the one I grew up in, I hope to bridge this gap and improve the overall health and well-being of marginalized individuals. Furthermore, representation matters in healthcare. When patients see healthcare professionals who look like them, it can inspire trust and confidence in the healthcare system. By pursuing a career in gynecology, I aim to be a role model for aspiring healthcare professionals from underrepresented backgrounds and empower them to pursue their dreams. Service to others is the foundation of my personal and professional philosophy. Through my research, academic endeavors, and community involvement, I strive to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others. As I continue to advance in my career, I am committed to advocating for diversity and inclusion in healthcare and using my platform to address systemic inequities. In summary, my goal of becoming a gynecologist serving disadvantaged communities is driven by my personal experiences, passion for service, and commitment to increasing racial diversity in healthcare. By addressing healthcare disparities and advocating for underrepresented populations, I hope to create a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system for all.
    Goobie-Ramlal Education Scholarship
    Growing up in a poor immigrant family from Jamaica, I learned early on the transformative power of community service. In third grade, a simple act of kindness—receiving a backpack filled with supplies we couldn't afford—changed my perspective on leadership forever. Witnessing the impact of such generosity inspired me to dedicate myself to serving others and making a difference in my community. For me, community leadership is not just about tallying service hours or boosting my reputation; it's about effecting real change, whether on an individual level or within entire neighborhoods. Volunteering at Sunrise Hospital, particularly in the pediatric sector, has been profoundly impactful. From playing Legos with a sick boy awaiting his mother's visit to organizing service projects related to pediatric issues, I've experienced firsthand the importance of empathy and nurturing in the medical field. My commitment to service extends beyond volunteering. As the Service Project Committee Chair, I organized a virtual webinar supporting the CNH Pediatric Trauma Program, showcasing my dedication to advocating for causes close to my heart. Through these experiences, I aim to inspire others to become active leaders in their own communities. Academically, I've pursued my passion for biological sciences and neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a third-year student conducting genetic bioinformatics research at the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, I've contributed to notable publications and presented at numerous symposiums and conferences. My research endeavors have been supported by prestigious grants and fellowships, reflecting my dedication to advancing scientific knowledge. Outside of academia, I've immersed myself in various leadership roles and initiatives, from serving as a research peer mentor to working as an emergency medical technician. My involvement with organizations like Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada and my fundraising efforts reflect my commitment to service and making a tangible difference in people's lives. Moreover, I've leveraged my passion for networking and community-building by founding the Undergraduate Student Association of Research and launching MelanatedTulips.com, a blog focused on professionalism and empowerment. Through these endeavors, I aim to foster connections, empower others, and amplify underrepresented voices in academic and professional spaces. In all aspects of my life, I strive to embody the values instilled in me by my immigrant upbringing: resilience, empathy, and a steadfast commitment to service. As I continue to pursue my education and professional aspirations, I am driven by a desire to use my knowledge and experiences to effect positive change in the world. Service to others is not just a duty but a calling—one that I wholeheartedly embrace. And as I navigate my journey as a college-bound student and beyond, I am committed to using my education, skills, and passion to leave a lasting impact on the world around me.
    Eleven Scholarship
    As an immigrant from Jamaica, growing up in a poor family, the importance of community service and empathy has always been ingrained in me. One defining moment from my childhood exemplifies this ethos. In third grade, receiving a backpack filled with school supplies, a gesture of community support, brought tears to my mother's eyes and instilled in me the transformative power of giving back. From that moment on, I made it my mission to pay forward the kindness shown to my family. Volunteering at Sunrise Hospital's pediatric center allowed me to connect with patients on a personal level, fostering a nurturing environment crucial for healing. One particular encounter with a sick boy, who simply wanted to play with Legos while waiting for his mother, left a profound impact on me and solidified my passion for serving others in the medical field. My commitment to service extended beyond hospital walls. As the Service Project Committee Chair, I organized a virtual webinar in support of the CNH Pediatric Trauma Program, demonstrating my dedication to advocating for pediatric issues. This semester alone, I raised over $25,000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, furthering my impact on the community. While my dedication to service is unwavering, I have also excelled academically and professionally. As a third-year Biological Sciences major with a Neuroscience minor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, I have delved into genetic bioinformatics research at the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. My work on the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases has led to notable publications and presentations at prestigious symposiums and conferences. Despite facing obstacles along the way, including financial challenges and navigating a new country, I have turned adversity into opportunity. My perseverance and commitment to service have been recognized through research grants, fellowships, and leadership roles on campus, including serving as the Networking and Events Coordinator for the Undergraduate Student Association of Research. In addition to my academic and professional pursuits, I have also launched MelanatedTulips.com, a blog focused on professionalism and empowerment, furthering my commitment to uplifting others. Through all my endeavors, I strive to inspire others to become active leaders in their communities and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around them. In retrospect, the act of kindness I experienced in third grade served as a catalyst for my journey of self-discovery and service. It taught me the importance of empathy, resilience, and the profound impact one individual can have on the world. As I continue to advance in my research, academics, and professional endeavors, I remain committed to embodying the spirit of community leadership and making a positive difference in the lives of others.
    Marie Jean Baptiste Memorial Scholarship
    As a first-generation Jamaican immigrant, community service is deeply ingrained in my upbringing and ethos. The pivotal moment in my life occurred in third grade when a simple act of kindness provided my family with much-needed supplies. This experience ignited my passion for giving back and shaped my perspective on leadership. My commitment to service extends beyond mere participation; it's about effecting meaningful change, whether on an individual level or within entire communities. Volunteering at Sunrise Hospital's pediatric ward has been a profoundly humbling experience. Interacting with patients, like the young boy who asked me to play Legos while he awaited his mother's visit, has reinforced my dedication to the medical field. These experiences have inspired me to organize service projects, such as a virtual webinar supporting the CNH Pediatric Trauma Program, demonstrating my commitment to pediatric issues. In addition to my service work, I am deeply involved in research, particularly in the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases. My contributions have been recognized through publications and numerous grants and fellowships. As a research peer mentor and Research Education Fellow, I strive to inspire others to pursue their academic and research interests. Outside academia, I am an emergency medical technician and have volunteered with Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada, raising funds and awareness for the organization. My involvement extends to campus leadership, where I am a founding member of the Undergraduate Student Association of Research and serve as the Networking and Events Coordinator. Furthermore, I've launched MelanatedTulips.com, a platform dedicated to professionalism and empowerment, reflecting my commitment to holistic personal and professional development. Looking ahead, I am committed to sustaining my involvement in community service post-college. I plan to continue advocating for causes I'm passionate about, particularly within the medical field and underserved communities. Whether through research, volunteer work, or leadership roles, I aim to inspire others to become active leaders in their own communities. As a first generation Jamaican-American student, I carry with me the values of resilience, compassion, and community support. These values drive my dedication to service and will continue to guide me as I strive to make a positive impact on the world around me. In summary, my background as a Jamaican immigrant fuels my commitment to community service and leadership. Through my experiences in research, volunteer work, and campus involvement, I have developed a deep-seated desire to effect positive change. Post-college, I intend to leverage my skills and experiences to continue serving and advocating for others, embodying the principle that service to others is the foundation of inner peace.
    Brandon Zylstra Road Less Traveled Scholarship
    From a young age, I held an interest in science compared to other subjects. This interest led me to aspire to become a leading professional in research and pursue a career that allowed both a hands-on approach as well as lucrative knowledge. My aspiration sprouted from seeing the impact professionals of several fields have impacted my life. Following the traumatic events surrounding my mother's fibroids, I was amazing at the health career and biology fields. I began to delve into different potential fields and found that the human anatomy sparked pure amazement within me. Human anatomy is a focus of study that makes me want to explore the never-ending depths. Mainly, I am interested in studying cell growth, oncology, as well as neuroscience. I began to thrive off documentaries and accounts from leading biology professionals and found that I was intrigued by the complexity of the matter. The human body and mind became a labyrinth worthy of devotion. Many fields of study lack the unpredictability that excites me. There is always a new discovery in the biological sciences. The spontaneity is what attracted me to these fields, yet it is also the knowledge that each advancement will lead to the bettering of society. If it were not for these fields, the world would be a place of complete disarray and ignorance. The reliance on service to others in these fields prompts my exploration. I am truly passionate about these fields as it enhances the limits of my own mentality. After graduating with my degree in biology, I intend to pursue medical school or graduate schooling for a Ph.D. My career goals sprouted from my passion for studying the human condition and service. I aspire to become a pediatric neurosurgeon as well as pursue a lengthy portfolio of research projects related to my field of study. An example of a research project I would like to explore hormone-specific psychopathic disorders. My interest in this topic is related to my interest in biology and neuroscience. At this time, an MD-PHD would be the perfect fit for my interest as I have a passion for both medicine and research. In the healthcare field, I am able to look into the eyes of those in need and provide for them that sense of reassurance. With such a thought, I believe that the best way to pursue one’s dream is to start today as much as possible. From the beginning of high school, I volunteered with local health organizations. The interaction between peers and the community sparked a foreign interest. More recently, I became a volunteer at my local hospital in the MIU ward. The experience has been wonderful and has allowed me to fully grasp what career I want to pursue. Interest in the life sciences was the factor that pushed me to pursue the healthcare field, yet it was a genuine passion for helping others that caught my attention.
    African-American Entrepreneurs Grant — Female Award
    My want to excel and build a foundation for those like me is rooted in the most impactful event that has forever changed my outlook on my passions. Some may say those who had upbringings like mine had a “rough childhood”, yet I like to characterize my upbringing as defying idealism to create my best reality. The main reason why I try to not use the stereotypical phrases such as “rough childhood” is that it puts a damper on how much I have accomplished despite my clear disadvantages. My story is neither a work of Immanuel Kent nor John Keats, though both are among my group of favorite philosophers. The interesting bits of my story began when I was twelve although events prior to this time influenced why I chose to start there. At this age, my mother had an invasive, complete hysterectomy, and relied on me for much of her care. The reason for this was because my mother is a single, immigrant woman who came to the United States from Jamaica at the age of 21 with me on her side to open doors for her only child to thrive and succeed in ways that seemed impossible in the previous environment. Years prior, we moved between the United States and Jamaica often as I was born in the United States and my mother was a citizen of Jamaica. Moving back and forth was financially and emotionally draining. Although I had friends at school and best friends, I never felt completely connected to them. Being an only child as well, the feeling of loneliness became a norm for me. From a personality archetype perspective, I am an introvert inside an extrovert's body. I love enjoying other’s company, yet time to myself is essential for my survival. One may say, I grew up very timid with large aspirations and a solid motivation to succeed. This is all-encompassing why I want to pursue a career in the healthcare field. My mother’s hysterectomy was the event that fueled my gratitude for all healthcare workers. Fibroids are a condition that has been passed from generation to generation in my lineage, yet my mother’s fibroids were approximately the size of a newborn’s head and were (in layman's terms) “feeding” off her blood making the procedure dangerous. During her inpatient duration, I had to stay in the hospital as I couldn’t be left at home alone in my neighborhood and my mother did not want to put a burden on our only relatives in Nevada. I remember thinking to myself during the procedure and during the inpatient care, “She will be okay, Dr.Kushner said she would be. After this, everything will be better. She will be better”. People in our family, even my mother, believe still to this day that I was completely calm- nonchalant even- about the entire situation. The truth must be stated: I was the most terrified I have been in my life. Having to go through a situation where someone could lose their only support system, on the edge of being orphaned, is a state of mind no child should endure. After the operation and months of healing, I grew a new appreciation of healthcare works. Growing up, I always believed physicians and their team were extraordinary; yet following this traumatic event, my gratitude for all responsibilities of a healthcare worker excelled beyond limitations. There is no way I could have expressed my gratitude to the healthcare workers that changed my life that day as the magnitude of my gratitude is far too immense. Every day, I work past my timid nature as I work towards my dream of repaying those workers the best way possible: helping others that are in situations close to mine. Every time I am having a moment of weakness, I just remember I am doing this for the scared little girl in that inpatient waiting room that is waiting for her only parent to come out of surgery alive and well. My story may not be the most joyful, but it is real and it is me. It must be noted that my ambitions do not only stop at the pursuit of having the abbreviation "MD" on my I.D. one day. One goal that I hope I have the honor to achieve is creating a foundation that will build a much-needed orphanage/foster care in Jamacia. Unlike The United States of America, orphans are automatically cast out. If the minor does not have relatives that are able to care for them, hope is lost. Being that I possibly could have been orphaned if my mother didn't go to the doctor's office that day for a routine check-up, my passion for creating a home for those who feel their home has been stolen before they even become old enough to own property is unmeasurable. Of course, I do not plan to stop at one extension of my foundation, yet I prefer to set realistic goals and work my way up the correct way. I hope one day, I will have the honor of telling many individuals their loved one will be well and truly mean it. No matter how intense the workload may become, I am motivated and ready to excel.
    Black Medical Students Scholarship
    Some may say those who had upbringings like mine had a “rough childhood”, yet I like to characterize my upbringing as defying idealism to create my best reality. The main reason why I try to not use stereotypical phrases such as “rough childhood” is that it puts a damper on how much I have accomplished despite my clear disadvantages. My story is neither a work of Immanuel Kent nor John Keats, though both are among my group of favorite philosophers. The interesting bits of my story began when I was twelve although events before this time influenced why I chose to start there. At this age, my mother had an invasive, complete hysterectomy, and relied on me for much of her care. The reason for this was because my mother is a single, immigrant woman who came to the United States from Jamaica at the age of 21 with me on her side to open doors for her only child to thrive and succeed in ways that seemed impossible in the previous environment. Years prior, we moved between the United States and Jamaica often as I was born in the United States and my mother was a citizen of Jamaica. Moving back and forth was financially and emotionally draining. Although I had friends at school and best friends, I never felt completely connected to them. Being an only child as well, the feeling of loneliness became a norm for me. From a personality archetype perspective, I am an introvert inside an extrovert's body. I love enjoying other’s company, yet time to myself is essential for my survival. One may say, I grew up very timid with large aspirations and a solid motivation to succeed. This is all-encompassing why I want to pursue a career in the healthcare field. My mother’s hysterectomy was the event that fueled my gratitude for all healthcare workers. Fibroids are a condition that has been passed from generation to generation in my lineage, yet my mother’s fibroids were approximately the size of a newborn’s head and were “feeding” off her blood making the procedure dangerous. During her inpatient duration, I had to stay in the hospital as I couldn’t be left at home alone in my neighborhood and my mother did not want to put a burden on our only relatives in Nevada. I remember thinking to myself during the procedure and during the inpatient care how much this procedure has saved the life of my mother. People in our family, even my mother, believe still to this day that I was completely calm- nonchalant even- about the entire situation. The truth must be stated: I was the most terrified I have been. Having to go through a situation where someone could lose their only support system, on the edge of being orphaned, is a state of mind no child should endure. After the operation and months of healing, I grew a new appreciation of healthcare works. Growing up, I always believed physicians and their team were extraordinary; yet following this traumatic event, my gratitude for all responsibilities of a healthcare worker excelled beyond limitations. There is no way I could have expressed my gratitude to the healthcare workers that changed my life that day as the magnitude of my gratitude is far too immense. Every day, I work past my timid nature as I work towards my dream of repaying those workers the best way possible: helping others that are in situations close to mine. To this very day, I am a regular and consistent volunteer at my local hospital and interact with patients regularly. During the pandemic, it was much harder to show my appreciation and passion for the field. This did not stop me, however. I have produced multiple virtual service projects through my experience as a Service Project Committee Chair, and I aimed to better the world one service project at a time. I aspire to become the first doctor in my family and the first to go to college in my lineage, which will be an honor. When I go to college, I will be pursuing a bachelor's in Biological Sciences with a Pre-professional concentration and a minor in neuroscience. After obtaining my bachelor's, I will be applying to medical school. My desired field of practice is gynecology, aspired by the trauma my mother went through. Later down the line, I want to participate in Doctors Without Borders-related programs before opening up my own orphanage in Jamacia and other needing countries. I know it will be a difficult road ahead, but I believe without goals, nothing will be accomplished. Every time I am having a moment of weakness, I just remember I am doing this for the scared little girl in that inpatient waiting room that is waiting for her only parent to come out of surgery alive and well. My story may not be the most joyful, but it is real and it is me. I hope one day, I will have the honor of telling many individuals their loved one will be well and truly mean it. No matter how intense the workload may become, I am motivated and ready to excel.