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Hello everyone! My name is Sophia. I am a junior biology major and Spelmanite who also loves the art of dance. I enjoy engulfing myself in the studies of life and its various functions and then releasing my stresses through movement. My dreams and aspirations lie in the patient-care fields of science. I am enthralled with the ideas of discovery, problem-solving, and life-saving to improve the quality of life worldwide. I aspire to complete an MD program and become a physician-radiologist to create effective treatment plans to care for patients' specific needs more effectively and accurately. I plan to accomplish this goal by creating treatment plans with the least amount of adverse side effects possible utilizing advancing medical technology. I desire to be a warrior in the fight to alleviate human suffering related to suboptimal treatment options for ill patients. Additionally, I plan to found a dance-based program that teaches not only the fundamentals of dance but also essential life skills such as public speaking and financial literacy. In conjunction with one another, my career goals are to give young people a head start in life, knowing that they may be able to reach their utmost potential by being nurtured from creative-minded pupils to potential presidents and medical residents. My dream is to gift the world a future where everyone leaves the doctor's office healthier and more informed than when they walked in for happier and fuller lives. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio!

Education

Spelman College

Bachelor's degree program
2021 - 2025
  • Majors:
    • Biology, General
  • Minors:
    • Dance
  • GPA:
    3.7

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

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

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Biology, General
  • Planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Medicine

    • Dream career goals:

      Practice medicine as a physician-radiologist

    • Policy Advocate

      Georgia Women's Policy Institute
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Study Group Lead

      Spelman Student Success Program
      2023 – Present1 year
    • Support Services Assistant

      Spelman Technology Services
      2021 – Present3 years

    Sports

    Dancing

    Intramural
    2022 – Present2 years

    Colorguard

    Varsity
    2017 – 20214 years

    Awards

    • Most Outstanding Dancer & Performer (3-time winner)

    Research

    • Biological and Physical Sciences

      Spelman College — Laboratory Research Scientist
      2023 – 2023
    • Human Biology

      University at Buffalo — Laboratory Scientist
      2022 – 2022

    Arts

    • Movements of Praise

      Dance
      2021 – 2021
    • Spelman KPOP Dance Club

      Dance
      2023 – 2023
    • Spelman Dance Theatre

      Dance
      Fall 2023 Dance Theatre Showcase
      2023 – 2023
    • Dance Department of Spelman College

      Dance
      African Dance Forms Showcase
      2022 – 2022

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Science ATL — Biology (Life Science) Student Volunteer
      2022 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society — Volunteer Coordinator/Tree Planter
      2022 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      The National African American Male Wellness Agency — Volunteer
      2021 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Our House Women's Shelter — Volunteer Coordinator
      2022 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Research Experience for Undergraduates — Volunteer
      2022 – 2022
    • Volunteering

      Alma G. Davis Foundation — Volunteer
      2021 – 2021
    • Volunteering

      Eco Addendum — Volunteer
      2021 – 2023
    • Volunteering

      Hearts of Love Outreach Ministries — Food drive volunteer and avid church member.
      2017 – 2020

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Politics

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Shays Scholarship
    “Snapping molecules” excited me to study biological sciences within my STEM field as a biology major attending Spelman College. As a scholar of the life sciences, I plan to continue learning about the inner workings of the human body so that I may help implement new, improved, and specially curated treatment plans for patients in the future as an aspiring physician. “Snapping molecules” describes the chemical work of linking molecules to create stable molecules that do not disturb their surroundings. A finding such as this is an incredible feat because I used to struggle with the adverse effects of the prescription drug spironolactone. These small pills were formulated initially to regulate high blood pressure. Still, my dermatologist prescribed these pills to me because a side effect was inhibiting a specific testosterone hormone that was causing hormonal acne. More advancement of this kind in the biomedical sciences would have allowed people like me struggling with hormonal acne to obtain clear skin without feeling lightheaded. In the future, I aspire to create effective treatment plans to care for patients' specific needs more effectively and accurately by creating treatment plans with the least amount of adverse side effects possible by utilizing the advancing medical technology. I aspire to be a warrior in the fight to alleviate human suffering related to suboptimal treatment options for ill patients. I hope to positively impact the health of other underserved women of color. Moreover, my desire to positively impact the health of people is rooted in my experience as a little girl who put all of my trust into my former OB/GYN. My former gynecologist was a lovely lady with excellent bedside manners. She always made me feel safe, which made me feel comfortable in her office, even in the most awkward, intimate, and personal situations. When dealing with something extremely uncomfortable to talk about with most people I knew, I still felt that she was attentive to my needs and what I was saying. After we formed a tremendous doctor-patient relationship and after she took a closer inspection of my more private areas, my former gynecologist did not prescribe me any medication that would have possibly worsened my situation with adverse side effects for a minor issue. She suggested that I take care of myself with easy lifestyle habit changes, and she informed me that I would one day “grow out” of my condition–which I did. She was my favorite doctor as a little girl, and I hope to be someone else’s most trusted, competent, and solicitous physician who is genuinely attentive to patients' physical and emotional needs as a capable decision-maker and dependable caretaker. With my experience in biological research and healthcare, my unwavering interest in caring for people's loved ones, and my aspirations of advancing research in medicine, I desire to be accepted into an MD program after I graduate from Spelman College. My personal experiences with prescription drugs make me passionate about fulfilling my dreams as a future physician-scientist. As a highly motivated and multifaceted individual who has researched evolutionary biology at a Buffalo, New York, summer research program in a laboratory, my dream is to continue researching biomedical sciences in the future to significantly improve the quality of healthcare received by underserved communities in the future.
    Balancing Act Medical Student Scholarship
    “Snapping molecules” inspired me to study biological sciences within my STEM field as a biology major attending Spelman College. As a scholar of the life sciences, I plan to continue learning about the inner workings of the human body so that I may help implement new, improved, and specially curated treatment plans for patients in the future as an aspiring physician. “Snapping molecules” describes the chemical work of linking molecules to create stable molecules that do not disturb their surroundings. A finding such as this is an incredible feat because I used to struggle with the adverse effects of the prescription drug spironolactone. These small pills were formulated initially to regulate high blood pressure. Still, my dermatologist prescribed these pills to me because a side effect was inhibiting a specific testosterone hormone that was causing hormonal acne. More advancement of this kind in the biomedical sciences would have allowed people like me struggling with hormonal acne to obtain clear skin without feeling lightheaded. In the future, I aspire to create effective treatment plans to care for patients' specific needs more effectively and accurately by creating treatment plans with the least amount of adverse side effects possible by utilizing the advancing medical technology. I aspire to be a warrior in the fight to alleviate human suffering related to suboptimal treatment options for ill patients. I hope to positively impact the health of other underserved women of color. Moreover, my desire to positively impact the health of people is rooted in my experience as a little girl who put all of my trust into my former OB/GYN. My former gynecologist was a lovely lady with excellent bedside manners. She always made me feel safe, which made me feel comfortable in her office, even in the most awkward, intimate, and personal situations. When dealing with something extremely uncomfortable to talk about with most people I knew, I still felt that she was attentive to my needs and what I was saying. After we formed a tremendous doctor-patient relationship and after she took a closer inspection of my more private areas, my former gynecologist did not prescribe me any medication that would have possibly worsened my situation with adverse side effects for a minor issue. She suggested that I take care of myself with easy lifestyle habit changes, and she informed me that I would one day “grow out” of my condition–which I did. She was my favorite doctor as a little girl, and I hope to be someone else’s most trusted, competent, and solicitous physician who is genuinely attentive to patients' physical and emotional needs as a capable decision-maker and dependable caretaker. With my experience in biological research and healthcare, my unwavering interest in caring for people's loved ones, and my aspirations of advancing research in medicine, I desire to be accepted into an MD program after I graduate from Spelman College. My personal experiences with prescription drugs make me passionate about fulfilling my dreams as a future physician-scientist. As a highly motivated and multifaceted individual who has researched evolutionary biology at a Buffalo, New York, summer research program in a laboratory, my dream is to continue researching biomedical sciences in the future to significantly improve the quality of healthcare received by underserved communities in the future.
    Women in Healthcare Scholarship
    “Snapping molecules” inspired me to study biological sciences within my STEM field as a biology major attending Spelman College. As a scholar of the life sciences, I plan to continue learning about the inner workings of the human body so that I may help implement new, improved, and specially curated treatment plans for patients in the future as an aspiring physician. “Snapping molecules” describes the chemical work of linking molecules to create stable molecules that do not disturb their surroundings. A finding such as this is an incredible feat because I used to struggle with the adverse effects of the prescription drug spironolactone. These small pills were formulated initially to regulate high blood pressure. Still, my dermatologist prescribed these pills to me because a side effect was inhibiting a specific testosterone hormone that was causing hormonal acne. More advancement of this kind in the biomedical sciences would have allowed people like me struggling with hormonal acne to obtain clear skin without feeling lightheaded. In the future, I aspire to create effective treatment plans to care for patients' specific needs more effectively and accurately by creating treatment plans with the least amount of adverse side effects possible by utilizing the advancing medical technology. I aspire to be a warrior in the fight to alleviate human suffering related to suboptimal treatment options for ill patients. I hope to positively impact the health of other underserved women of color. Moreover, my desire to positively impact the health of people is rooted in my experience as a little girl who put all of my trust into my former OB/GYN. My former gynecologist was a lovely lady with excellent bedside manners. She always made me feel safe, which made me feel comfortable in her office, even in the most awkward, intimate, and personal situations. When dealing with something extremely uncomfortable to talk about with most people I knew, I still felt that she was attentive to my needs and what I was saying. After we formed a tremendous doctor-patient relationship and after she took a closer inspection of my more private areas, my former gynecologist did not prescribe me any medication that would have possibly worsened my situation with adverse side effects for a minor issue. She suggested that I take care of myself with easy lifestyle habit changes, and she informed me that I would one day “grow out” of my condition–which I did. She was my favorite doctor as a little girl, and I hope to be someone else’s most trusted, competent, and solicitous physician who is genuinely attentive to patients' physical and emotional needs as a capable decision-maker and dependable caretaker. With my experience in biological research and healthcare, my unwavering interest in caring for people's loved ones, and my aspirations of advancing research in medicine, I desire to be accepted into an MD program after I graduate from Spelman College. My personal experiences with prescription drugs make me passionate about fulfilling my dreams as a future physician-scientist. As a highly motivated and multifaceted individual who has researched evolutionary biology at a Buffalo, New York, summer research program in a laboratory, my dream is to continue researching biomedical sciences in the future to significantly improve the quality of healthcare received by underserved communities in the future.
    Top Watch Newsletter Movie Fanatics Scholarship
    If I could only watch one movie for the rest of my life, I would choose the Barbie movie without hesitation. At first, this may seem like an odd choice, but for me, watching the Barbie movie represents so much more than just a simple form of entertainment. It represents the values I hold dear and the motivation that drives me to succeed in my career and fight for women's rights and empowerment. I'm drawn to the Barbie movies because they portray strong, independent, and intelligent female characters. As a young girl, I looked up to these characters and saw them as role models. They showed me that I could be anything I wanted to be and achieve my dreams, regardless of my gender. These movies instilled a sense of optimism regarding envisioning a future better, different, and improved from my current circumstance as a young girl in a patriarchal country. This message of empowerment and self-belief has stayed with me throughout my life and has motivated me to push past any obstacles and challenges I have faced. As I matured and pursued my education, I have become more aware of the issues and inequalities women face in society. I saw the disparities in access to education, healthcare, and opportunities between men and women, especially in underserved communities. This realization only strengthened my passion for advocating for women's rights and empowerment. As I delved deeper into my studies and pursued a career in medicine, I saw first-hand the impact of these inequalities on women's health. Women in underserved communities often face barriers in accessing basic healthcare, leading to poorer health outcomes and even loss of life. This issue struck a chord with me, and I knew that I wanted to make a difference in women's lives as a health advocate and future physician. Watching the Barbie movie, I am reminded of the importance of representation and diversity. The movie features characters from different backgrounds, cultures, and abilities, teaching young girls that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. As a future physician, I believe it is crucial to not only provide quality healthcare but also to promote inclusivity and diversity in the medical field. This is especially important for underserved communities, where there may be a lack of representation and understanding of their unique needs. Moreover, the Barbie movie also addresses important women's issues, such as gender stereotypes, body image, and the importance of self-love and acceptance. These are issues that many women struggle with, and as a future physician, I believe it is my responsibility to not only treat physical ailments but also promote mental health and well-being. By watching the Barbie movie, I am reminded of the importance of addressing these issues and promoting a society where women are valued for their talents, intelligence, and character rather than their appearance. As a future physician, I am committed to using my skills and knowledge to support underserved communities and fight for women's rights and liberties. The Barbie movie serves as a constant reminder of the need for women's empowerment and the impact that we can make when we come together and lift each other up. It motivates me to work harder and strive for success in my career so that I can make a meaningful impact on the lives of women and create a more equitable society. In conclusion, the Barbie movie represents so much more than just a form of entertainment for me. I would watch this movie for the rest of my life as a reminder to always stand up for what is right.
    Janean D. Watkins Overcoming Adversity Scholarship
    A broken leg will never stop an eagle. Even though I have dealt with many tough situations, I have found a way to maneuver through the woods and come out on the other side. The adversity I have had to overcome in pursuit of higher education was becoming acclimated to college life amid the pandemic and external racism. The most heartbreaking and difficult tragedy to preserve through during the entire pandemic was when my uncle passed suddenly after developing COVID-19 and pneumonia soon after. This devastation occurred the week before class final exams, so I decided to distance myself at home for some time to support my family, collect my thoughts, and healthily handle my emotions; this way, I was able to pass all of my exams with flying colors even though I was dealing with personal issues. My family was a huge support to me, and I was to them as we celebrated the incredible life of my uncle and mourned his passing as we tried to find new ways of navigating life while missing him. I learned how to take on my family matters, difficult emotions, and a stressful academic position with grace: coming out on the other side. In addition to calamity in my family life, I was faced with two bomb threats to my illustrious institution from people attempting to strike terror in the hearts of Spelmanites, but even though I had to leave campus until my safety was secured, I did not let violent threats against my community of African American women frighten me from achieving my goals. I completed my freshman academic year strongly with a 3.83 GPA. My Spelman sisters reminded me that winning against hateful people means not letting them disrupt our journey to academic success, so we didn’t let them. As I wrapped up my freshmen year at Spelman College and began mentally preparing myself for a successful sophomore year, I was again hit with a monstrous obstacle. Even after having two covid vaccine shots and the booster administered to me, I began feeling sickly within the week leading up to the first day of classes. I began to feel intense headaches, and I was coughing so much that I figured I had contracted strep throat. By the first day of classes, I tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at the Student Health Services office. This was devastating and surprising news because I had planned out my semester so perfectly that I thought a fresh start would be an excellent refresher after the tragedies I survived last year. Even though I was ordered to stay quarantined until I tested negative, I knew that I would come out triumphant because I am a survivor. I kept up as much as possible with my classwork while quarantining in my room with lightheadedness and a sore throat. When I returned to classes 12 days later, I was very confused with some of the labwork in my biology classes and choreographies in my dance classes. Thankfully my professors and peers were very understanding and helped me catch up with everything over time. Through my hard work and determination, I knew I deserved success, and I let nothing stand in my way. I am so grateful and appreciative to my professors, peers, and especially my family for helping me overcome the calamity in my life so that I could acclimate to college life in my pursuit of higher education. The hardships taught me the skills I needed to face adversity and come out victorious on the other side.
    NE1 NE-Dream Scholarship
    “Snapping molecules” inspired me to study biological sciences within my STEM field as a biology major attending Spelman College. As a scholar of the life sciences, I plan to continue learning about the inner workings of the human body so that I may help implement new, improved, and specially curated treatment plans for patients in the future as an aspiring physician. “Snapping molecules” describes the chemical work of linking molecules to create stable molecules that do not disturb their surroundings. A finding such as this is an incredible feat because I used to struggle with the adverse effects of the prescription drug spironolactone. These small pills were formulated initially to regulate high blood pressure. Still, my dermatologist prescribed these pills to me because a side effect was inhibiting a specific testosterone hormone that was causing hormonal acne. More advancement of this kind in the biomedical sciences would have allowed people like me struggling with hormonal acne to obtain clear skin without feeling lightheaded. In the future, I aspire to create effective treatment plans to care for patients' specific needs more effectively and accurately by creating treatment plans with the least amount of adverse side effects possible by utilizing the advancing medical technology. I aspire to be a warrior in the fight to alleviate human suffering related to suboptimal treatment options for ill patients. I hope to positively impact the health of my Atlanta, GA, community. Moreover, my desire to positively impact the health of people is rooted in my experience as a little girl who put all of my trust into my former OB/GYN. My former gynecologist was a lovely lady with excellent bedside manners. She always made me feel safe, which made me feel comfortable in her office, even in the most awkward, intimate, and personal situations. When dealing with something extremely uncomfortable to talk about with most people I knew, I still felt that she was attentive to my needs and what I was saying. After we formed a tremendous doctor-patient relationship and after she took a closer inspection of my more private areas, my former gynecologist did not prescribe me any medication that would have possibly worsened my situation with adverse side effects for a minor issue. She suggested that I take care of myself with easy lifestyle habit changes, and she informed me that I would one day “grow out” of my condition–which I did. She was my favorite doctor as a little girl, and I hope to be someone else’s most trusted, competent, and solicitous physician who is genuinely attentive to patients' physical and emotional needs as a capable decision-maker and dependable caretaker. With my experience in biological research and healthcare, my unwavering interest in caring for people's loved ones, and my aspirations of advancing research in medicine, I desire to be accepted into an MD program after I graduate from Spelman College. My personal experiences with prescription drugs make me passionate about fulfilling my dreams as a future physician-scientist. As a highly motivated and multifaceted individual who has researched evolutionary biology at a Buffalo, New York, summer research program in a laboratory, my dream is to continue researching biomedical sciences in the future to significantly improve the quality of healthcare received by patients in the future.
    Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship
    “Snapping molecules” inspired me to study biological sciences within my STEM field as a biology major attending Spelman College. As a scholar of the life sciences, I plan to continue learning about the inner workings of the human body so that I may help implement new, improved, and specially curated treatment plans for patients in the future as an aspiring physician. “Snapping molecules” describes the chemical work of linking molecules to create stable molecules that do not disturb their surroundings. A finding such as this is an incredible feat because I used to struggle with the adverse effects of the prescription drug spironolactone. These small pills were formulated initially to regulate high blood pressure. Still, my dermatologist prescribed these pills to me because a side effect was inhibiting a specific testosterone hormone that was causing hormonal acne. More advancement of this kind in the biomedical sciences would have allowed people like me struggling with hormonal acne to obtain clear skin without feeling lightheaded. In the future, I aspire to create effective treatment plans to care for patients' specific needs more effectively and accurately by creating treatment plans with the least amount of adverse side effects possible by utilizing the advancing medical technology. I aspire to be a warrior in the fight to alleviate human suffering related to suboptimal treatment options for ill patients. I hope to positively impact the health of my Atlanta, GA, community. Moreover, my desire to positively impact the health of people is rooted in my experience as a little girl who put all of my trust into my former OB/GYN. My former gynecologist was a lovely lady with excellent bedside manners. She always made me feel safe, which made me feel comfortable in her office, even in the most awkward, intimate, and personal situations. When dealing with something extremely uncomfortable to talk about with most people I knew, I still felt that she was attentive to my needs and what I was saying. After we formed a tremendous doctor-patient relationship and after she took a closer inspection of my more private areas, my former gynecologist did not prescribe me any medication that would have possibly worsened my situation with adverse side effects for a minor issue. She suggested that I take care of myself with easy lifestyle habit changes, and she informed me that I would one day “grow out” of my condition–which I did. She was my favorite doctor as a little girl, and I hope to be someone else’s most trusted, competent, and solicitous physician who is genuinely attentive to patients' physical and emotional needs as a capable decision-maker and dependable caretaker. With my experience in biological research and healthcare, my unwavering interest in caring for people's loved ones, and my aspirations of advancing research in medicine, I desire to be accepted into an MD program after I graduate from Spelman College. As a highly motivated and multifaceted individual who has researched evolutionary biology at a Buffalo, New York, summer research program in a laboratory, I plan to continue researching biomedical sciences in the future to significantly contribute to the STEM community. I appreciate your consideration of my application to the Beyond The C.L.O.U.D Scholarship.
    Debra Victoria Scholarship
    "Mom, you never cry, so you must be really strong," I ignorantly said to my mother years ago. She replied with a somber tone, "No, I just don't cry in front of you. You don't think I stay up at night wondering or contemplating how I'm going to make it happen, but I always make it happen." From that interaction alone, I started to piece together many aspects of living in a single-parent household that was unbeknownst to me beforehand. She was not careless; she was busy working. She was not unloving; she was just tired. She was not busy being idle; she was forging a future for my siblings and me that I never saw coming. Today we live comfortably, well-off even, but keeping my household's head above water has never been an easy job for my wonderful mother. My parents divorced just after my second youngest brother was born. I was about three years old at the time of the separation. Though my mother and father are cordial, my mother struggled to make do of her small checks with mouths to feed and backs to clothe, disregarding any other luxuries of life that my brother and I continued to beg her for. My assiduous mother never let her circumstances get the best of her. From roommates and abusive relationships to starting her life all over again in a new state, she always found a way to take care of her children. I feel loved. I feel special. I feel important. As a young girl and even as a young woman now, my mother has made me feel like the brightest, most capable person in the world. She not only gave me the confidence and courage to fight for everything I desire, but I also inherited her unwavering grit from watching her work 60-hour weeks just to make ends meet. Living in a single-parent household with my perseverant mother, I know where hard work and dedication can take you. Audaciousness took my family down a road less traveled to a better living and a bright future in college on my way to medical school, but I would never have made it without my mother. My mother is a solo hero in her own regard, "making it happen" all by herself. Even as a solo hero, she not only supported her children; she supported women in need. My grandmother was never in my mother's life when she was growing up. My mother was raised by her aunt while constantly surrounded by foster children, so she understands the struggle of finding a place to call home and people who have good intentions for you. Knowing this, my mother empathetically opened the doors to her home for a young 18-year-old mother who had no place to go or return to. She was lost and beaten down, but following her gut instinct, my mother allowed the troubled girl to stay in our home. My mother planted the seed in me to aspire to be a physician radiologist so I can open my doors and help women get better too. I plan to complete an MD program to serve underserved communities, especially people of color, as a doctor in the future. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Biology, I will take my knowledge to medical school. After completing my residency and fellowship, I will work for several years to open my clinical doors to women in need, just as my mother did when I was young.
    “The Office” Obsessed! Fan Scholarship
    The Office has been a classic comedy series since its start in 2005. With a wide range of characters, there is always someone that each viewer can relate to. For me, the character I resonate with most is Dwight Schrute. Dwight is a unique character that is portrayed in a comical light, yet still manages to have depth to his character. His commitment to his job, his attention to detail, and his sometimes-overzealous attitude all make Dwight someone I can relate to. Dwight is a character who is driven and committed to his job, something I can relate to. He takes his job very seriously, as shown by his constant willingness to help out his coworkers and his desire to be the best at his job. Dwight is a hard worker, willing to put in the effort to get the job done correctly. His strong work ethic and dedication to his job make him a character I can truly identify with. Dwight also has a strong attention to detail, something else I can relate to. He is always quick to pick up on the little details that other people forget or miss, something I strive to do in my own life. His attention to detail is often the source of many jokes in the show, but it is something I can take away from his character. Finally, Dwight has a sometimes-overzealous attitude that I can relate to. His tendency to be overly passionate about certain topics can be humorous, but it is something I can identify with. His enthusiasm and zest for life are things I strive to emulate, and I appreciate him as a character because of it. The Office has had a large impact on my sense of humor and perspective on workplace dynamics. The show has given me a new level of appreciation for the comedic elements of the workplace. The often absurd yet hilarious situations the characters find themselves in have given me a new perspective on how to view the workplace. In addition, the show has given me a new appreciation for the comedic elements of the workplace, allowing me to find humor in the mundane. The Office has also shaped my perspective on workplace dynamics. The show has taught me the importance of teamwork and collaboration, and how to approach difficult situations in the workplace. Through watching the characters interact with each other, I have learned the importance of communication and how to work together to achieve a common goal. This has helped me in my own career and has shaped my perspective on workplace dynamics. In conclusion, the character of Dwight Schrute is someone I can relate to. His commitment to his job, his attention to detail, and his sometimes-overzealous attitude all make Dwight someone I can identify with. The Office has also shaped my sense of humor and perspective on workplace dynamics, allowing me to appreciate the comedic elements of the workplace and learn the importance of teamwork and collaboration.
    1989 (Taylor's Version) Fan Scholarship
    This past year has been a roller coaster of emotions for me, with a mix of both good and bad experiences. One way I have dealt with this has been to find solace in music, particularly Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor's Version). This album has been tremendously helpful in helping me to process my emotions and to use them to reflect on the lessons that I have learned in this past year. The song “Out of the Woods” is one of the songs on this album that I have found to have a special meaning for me. I was going through a period of uncertainty in my life when I first heard this song, and it was very comforting to me. The song's lyrics speak of the desire to find stability and security in a chaotic world, and it reminded me that no matter how uncertain life can be, I can always find strength and courage by remembering that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It was a reminder of the importance of perseverance and of not giving up, even when things seem uncertain. Another song I often listened to this past year was “Bad Blood.” This song resonated with me because of its message of resilience and of not letting anyone or anything hold you back, not even your former best friends, who were really wolves in sheep's clothing. It reminded me that I am in control of my destiny and that I should never let anyone or anything stand in the way of achieving my goals. This was a powerful lesson for me, and it is one that I will always remember. Finally, the song “Style” has also been meaningful to me this past year. This song speaks of being in a relationship that may not always serve you, but you always seem to come running back to that toxic person or vice versa. This song was a reminder to me that it is okay to be single and to put my mental health first. It was also a reminder that I should always strive to be the best version of myself and never let anyone’s opinion of me define who I am. Overall, Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor's Version) has been an invaluable source of comfort and strength for me this past year. Each song on the album has a special meaning to me, and they have all been reminders of the important lessons I have learned. They have helped me remain positive and stay focused on my goals, and I will always be grateful for the comfort and inspiration they have given me.
    Eras Tour Farewell Fan Scholarship
    I am a Taylor Swift enthusiast. From the moment I heard her sing Love Story, I was enamored with her music and her voice. I have followed her career ever since and have recently been inspired by her decision to rerecord her songs so that she may own her masters. This is a girl boss move that I admire and respect. Taylor Swift is a powerful woman and a force to be reckoned with. She has broken through gender barriers and is one of the most successful female artists in the world. Her songs are inspiring and uplifting, and she has created an entire generation of loyal fans. One of my favorite Taylor Swift songs is All Too Well, from her album Red (Taylor's Version). I love the 10-minute version of the song, as it goes in-depth into the emotion and pain of a past relationship while also describing how one keeps memorabilia from the special moments one had with a former lover. It is a beautiful and heartbreaking song, and it resonates with me in so many ways. Taylor Swift's music has helped me understand that I am a complex person with feelings. I love hard in relationships and am very introspective and retrospective once the relationships end. I relate to Taylor's lyrics about how I often see the red flags in my partner after we break up that I didn't notice while in the relationship because I was so lovestruck. As she has dealt with sexual assault in the past and spoken up about her negative experiences with men in the music industry, I have been inspired to set boundaries and stand up for myself in my own life. Her music has helped me understand that sometimes it is best to take a step back and see things objectively before I dive in too deep. Taylor Swift is also very relatable and down to earth. She has a way of connecting with her fans and making them feel like she can relate to their struggles and triumphs. She often shares stories of her own experiences, which helps fans feel a sense of understanding and connection. I am endlessly inspired by Taylor Swift and all she has accomplished. She is a force to be reckoned with and is a powerful woman who is paving the way for future generations of artists. I admire her decision to rerecord her songs so that she may own her masters, and I will continue to be a loyal fan for years to come.
    Ultimate K-Pop Stan Scholarship
    K-pop is a genre of music that has rapidly gained traction and popularity around the world. In particular, BLACKPINK, a four-member South Korean girl group, has become an international sensation and has made an immense impact on me and global culture. With their unique and captivating style, BLACKPINK effortlessly intertwines African American and South Korean cultures and is at the forefront of the K-pop movement. As a K-pop enthusiast, attending the BLACKPINK concert was an unforgettable experience for me. My older cousin had bought herself and me a ticket to their concert in Atlanta, GA, in 2018 to cheer me up after an emotionally difficult breakup with my then-boyfriend. I was incredibly inspired by the group’s amazing energy and presence on stage, and their powerful performances captivated me. Furthermore, I was especially inspired by Lisa, one of the members of the group, whose dance moves I found mesmerizing. After the concert, I spent countless hours practicing and learning her dance moves, and it was a truly fulfilling experience. BLACKPINK has also had a tremendous impact on global culture, both in the East and the West. In the East, the group has become a cultural phenomenon, and their songs and music videos have reached the top of the charts in several countries. Additionally, their influence in the West has been steadily increasing, and their impact on mainstream culture has been remarkable. BLACKPINK has been featured in the media and in popular music festivals, and their songs have become part of mainstream culture. I genuinely believe that K-pop has helped to decrease anti-Asian sentiments in the United States and has promoted a desirable and positive image of the East Asian world and people. In the past few years, there has been a growing acceptance of K-pop and Asian culture, and it is evident that K-pop has had a tremendous impact on the way people view Asians. K-pop has been pivotal in bridging the cultural gap between East and West, and the music and dance of BLACKPINK have been major factors in this process. Overall, BLACKPINK has had an immense impact on my life and on global culture. Their unique style and captivating performances have inspired me, and their songs and music videos have connected the East and the West. Furthermore, I believe that they have played a pivotal role in decreasing anti-Asian sentiments in the United States and in promoting a desirable and positive image of the East Asian world and people. I am proud to be a K-pop enthusiast, and I will continue to support BLACKPINK.
    Anime Enthusiast Scholarship
    As an anime enthusiast, I am captivated by the Demon Slayer series and could watch it over and over again. Following the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who embarks on a journey to avenge his family, who were slain by a demon, Demon Slayer is an action-packed adventure filled with unforgettable characters. As an anime enthusiast, I am always drawn to shows that have memorable characters and gripping storylines. Demon Slayer is one such show that has both of these elements, and I have found myself rewatching it multiple times. The characters Tanjiro, Tengen, Nezuko, and the demon siblings (Gyutaro and Daki) are some of the main characters that make Demon Slayer so endlessly captivating for me. The story of Tanjiro is particularly captivating. He is a kind-hearted young boy who is willing to sacrifice everything to protect his family. He is determined to avenge them, but he also has a deep sense of morality that prevents him from going too far. He is determined to find a way to defeat demons and turn his sister back into a human, which makes him a unique and compelling protagonist. As the main protagonist of the show, his story arc is one of the most compelling in Demon Slayer. His devotion and determination to protect his loved ones are admirable traits that make him an inspiring character. His journey to become a demon slayer is one of the core elements of the show and gives the viewers a sense of hope and courage. The other characters in the show also make it endlessly captivating. Tanjiro’s friend and mentor, Tengen Uzui, is a powerful swordsman who helps Tanjiro on his quest. Tengen’s wisdom and strength make him an invaluable ally, and his friendship with Tanjiro is one of the most touching relationships in the show. Tengen is a swordsman, Hashira, and one of Tanjiro’s allies. He is a wise and kind-hearted fighter who provides valuable guidance to Tanjiro. His deep understanding of the world of demon slayers and his unwavering support of Tanjiro make him a compelling character. His unique weapon choice, the double blades, also adds an interesting element to the show. Nezuko Kamado, Tanjiro’s younger sister and the only surviving member of their family besides Tanjiro, is also a powerful ally. Despite being transformed into a demon, she uses her newfound powers to help protect her brother. Since she was transformed into a demon, she is the source of much of Tanjiro’s motivation. Even as a demon, Nezuko retains her human emotions, and her bond with Tanjiro is incredibly moving. Her humanity and her loyalty to Tanjiro are inspiring traits that make her a captivating character. The demon siblings, Gyutaro and Daki, are also a captivating part of the show. Gyutaro and Daki are two of the most formidable enemies in the show and they are powerful, ruthless demons who serve as a constant threat to Tanjiro and his allies. They are complex characters with their own motivations and backstories. Their strength and cunning make them a formidable enemy and an exciting element of the show. Despite being demons, they are still capable of love and compassion, which makes them an interesting contrast to the other, more villainous demons in the show. They also provide a lot of comic relief, which helps to keep the show from becoming too dark and depressing. Overall, the Demon Slayer series is an endlessly captivating show for anime enthusiasts like me. The characters are all unique and interesting, and they all bring something special to the show.
    Disney Channel Rewind Scholarship
    The episode that I would imagine as a crossover between my two favorite Disney Channel shows, Wizards of Waverly Place and That's So Raven, would be titled “The Raven and the Wizard”. The story begins with Raven Baxter, a teenage girl with psychic abilities, getting a strange vision about a wizard. She quickly realizes that she must find her way to the magical girl of the Wizards of Waverly Place to discover what is happening. When she arrives at the doorstep of the Russo family's home, she meets the whole Russo family, consisting of the father Jerry Russo, the mother Theresa Russo, and three siblings (Justin Russo, Max Russo, and Alex Russo). The oldest is Alex, a teenage wizard, and the middle child is Justin, a wizard-in-training. The youngest is Max, a magical wizard-in-training. The Russos quickly realize that Raven is not from around here and they invite her to stay with them at their family home. Raven quickly learns that the family is part of the mysterious Council of Wizards, who have been protecting the wizarding world from dark forces for centuries. When the council discovers that Raven has the power to stop an evil wizard from taking over the world, they enlist her help. Together, Raven and the Russo family embark on a thrilling adventure, fighting against the forces of evil and learning more about the magical world. Along the way, they must stop a powerful wizard from using dark magic to take control of the whole world. On this journey, Raven learns a bit of magic herself and uses her psychic abilities to stay one step ahead of the enemies while making new wizard friends along the way, even outside of the newly encountered Russo family. Raven, as she always does, brings comedic relief to the episode. Raven and the Russo family will have to use their wits and magical abilities to outsmart the enemy with ill intentions, and eventually save the day. At the end of the episode, Raven is accepted into the Council of Wizards and is officially part of the wizarding world. The Russo family even jokingly offers Raven a chance to be adopted into the family. The episode “The Raven and the Wizard” is a thrilling story that brings together two very different worlds of magic. It is a great way to introduce viewers to the magical world of wizardry and to show how characters from different shows can come together to fight for the same cause.
    "The Summer I Turned Pretty" Fan Scholarship
    As a long-time fan of the Amazon Prime Video “The Summer I Turned Pretty” franchise, I am wholeheartedly in support of Jeremiah. Throughout the series, Jeremiah has proven himself to be a loyal and devoted friend and partner to the main characters, Belly and Conrad. Jeremiah has been with them since the beginning of their story and has been a source of strength and comfort to them during some of their most difficult moments. One of the most defining moments of Jeremiah’s loyalty and friendship is in the first movie of the franchise, “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” After a particularly difficult summer, Belly is struggling with her feelings for Conrad, and Jeremiah is there to help her through her emotional turmoil. He listens to her without judgment and comforts her with his presence. He also provides advice to both Belly and Conrad, which is invaluable as they navigate their complicated relationship. Throughout the series, Jeremiah also shows his commitment to Belly and Conrad by supporting their decisions, even when he disagrees with them. In the second movie, “The Summer I Turned Sweet”, Jeremiah is one of the few people who stand by Belly’s choice to marry Conrad. Even though Jeremiah has his own doubts about the marriage, he stands by her and ultimately gives his blessing. This moment is a testament to Jeremiah’s loyalty and friendship, and it shows just how much he cares for Belly and Conrad. In “The Summer I Turned Prettier”, the third and final movie of the franchise, Jeremiah takes on a larger role as Belly and Conrad’s confidante and friend. He is there for them during some of their darkest moments and ultimately helps them to make peace with their past and move forward with their lives. Jeremiah’s unwavering support and friendship throughout this movie is one of the reasons why I support him. Jeremiah is also a source of strength and comfort for the main characters in the series. Throughout the franchise, he is always there for Belly and Conrad, and he always puts their needs before his own. He is a constant source of stability in their lives, and he never wavers in his support for them. This is why I am in full support of Jeremiah and his role in the “The Summer I Turned Pretty” franchise. In conclusion, I strongly believe that Jeremiah deserves the full support of the franchise fans. He has consistently proven himself to be a loyal and devoted friend and partner to Belly and Conrad. He has been there for them during some of their toughest moments, and he has always put their needs before his own. Jeremiah is a source of strength and comfort for the main characters in the series, and he deserves the full support of the fans.
    Spider-Man Showdown Scholarship
    Spider-Man is one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and he’s been brought to life on the big screen by a number of talented actors. From Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland, each actor has brought a unique spin to the beloved character. But which actor has been my favorite Spider-Man? For me, it has to be Tom Holland. From the moment I saw him in Spider-Man: Homecoming, I was in love with his portrayal of the web-slinger. He’s funny, relatable, and he brings a sense of realism to the character. He’s the perfect combination of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, which is something that I think all the other actors have struggled to capture. One of the things I love the most about Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man is his commitment to the source material. He’s stayed true to the comics, which is something that I think the previous actors have all failed to do. His Spider-Man is a little bit older and wiser than the other versions, but he still retains the youthful innocence and enthusiasm that makes the character so special. Holland’s Spider-Man is also incredibly funny. He’s able to play the character with a perfect blend of seriousness and humor that makes it easy to connect with him. His jokes are always well-timed and appropriate, and they never feel forced or out of place. But what really sets Holland’s Spider-Man apart from the rest is the way he portrays the character’s vulnerability. He’s able to show that beneath the spandex and web-shooters lies a scared, lovestruck, and overwhelmed teenager struggling to come to terms with his new identity. He’s able to show that Spider-Man isn’t just a superhero; he’s also a person with a complex set of emotions and motivations. Ultimately, I think Tom Holland’s portrayal of Spider-Man is the best one yet. He’s able to make us laugh and cry with every scene. He’s the perfect actor to portray Spider-Man, and I believe he has brought the character to life the best.
    Nintendo Super Fan Scholarship
    Mario Kart 8 battles in co-op mode on the Nintendo Switch is my absolute favorite game to play. I have many fond memories of playing this game with friends and family. The game is filled with so much laughter and joy, and it never fails to put a smile on my face. The game has a wide variety of characters and karts to choose from, which I love because it gives me the opportunity to customize my own experience and have a unique race every time. The tracks are also very diverse, with some being more challenging than others, so it keeps the game interesting. It also has a range of items that you can collect during the race, which can give you an edge over your opponents. The multiplayer mode of Mario Kart is especially fun, as it's incredibly exciting to race against other players. You can also team up with a friend in co-op mode, which I find really enjoyable. This mode gives us the opportunity to collaborate and work together to get ahead of the competition. One of my most memorable moments in a Mario Kart co-op session was when I was playing with two of my friends. We were in the middle of a race when one of us got a yellow shell, which can be used to shoot your opponents. We decided to use the shell to get ahead of the competition, but things didn't go as planned. Instead of hitting the opposing players, the shell ended up hitting us, which resulted in us all being sent back a few places! We were all laughing at the misfortune but then decided to use it to our advantage. We ended up working together to come out on top. It was a real team effort, and it felt great to win the battle together on the same team. Overall, Mario Kart battles in co-op mode is my favorite game to play on the Nintendo Switch. The game is packed with features that make it exciting and enjoyable to play, and it's great to be able to team up with friends and have a good time. The memories that I have made playing this game will stay with me forever, and I look forward to creating more in the future.
    Zendaya Superfan Scholarship
    Zendaya is an accomplished American actress, singer, and dancer who has made a significant impact in the entertainment industry. Zendaya has greatly inspired me as a mixed-race woman of color to pursue my dreams in the arts and activism in healthcare as a dancer and aspiring physician. From a young age, Zendaya was passionate about performing and showed an incredible drive to succeed. At only 16-years-old, she auditioned for Disney Channel’s newest show, “Shake It Up,” and won the lead role. Throughout her time on “Shake It Up,” she earned many awards, including an NAACP Image Award. After this success, she continued to work with Disney Channel and started her own production company, which produced the show “K.C. Undercover.” Zendaya’s acting career has continued to skyrocket since then. The decorated superstar has gone from starring in Disney Channel shows to being an award-winning actress in movies such as “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “The Greatest Showman.” Zendaya is an amazing example of a successful performer who has been able to transition from a well-known child actor to an adult entertainer and has made a remarkable impact on the entertainment industry. She has also become a role model for young people, particularly those of color, by using her reach of a large audience to speak out against injustice and racism. Zendaya has also used her platform to promote body positivity and self-love. She has spoken out in favor of diversity in the entertainment industry and has advocated for better representation of people of color in film and television. Zendaya’s acting career is an incredible example of how determination, hard work, and passion can pay off. She has transitioned from a child star to an award-winning actress and has used her voice that commands attention and listening ears to speak out against injustice and promote positivity since internet filters and photo-editing increased eating disorder tendencies in the youth. She has shown me that being multifaceted is an advantage and something I should utilize to achieve success and help others since usually, people don't understand why I spend so much time dancing as a pre-medical student. She has proven that success is possible, no matter what industry you’re in, and has encouraged young people of color to pursue their dreams. Zendaya's incredible career is an inspiration and a testament to how far hard work and dedication can take you, and even though I greatly admire her progress in her acting career, I admire her work in activism most of all because of her promotion of taking care of oneself physically and mentally to achieve true success in life.
    Christina Taylese Singh Memorial Scholarship
    Destiny calls me to pursue a career in the healthcare industry to decrease the racial disparities present within the healthcare system as I aspire to uplift underserved communities, especially mothers and infants. In my freshman year attending Spelman College as a biology major, I realized my destiny in the healthcare profession as I researched the inequalities regarding the treatment of Black women in the medical field for an academic essay. Researching led me to understand that if I truly desired to uplift minority communities, I needed to give them the basic human right to quality health care. After continuously researching and volunteering for service projects that support the health and well-being of minority communities, especially African Americans, I realized I had a desire to serve women as a friend and doctor. I plan to obtain a Doctor of Medicine degree and match into an Obstetrician & Gynecologist residency to ultimately specialize in in vitro fertilization. I am aware of the pseudoscientific ideas existing amongst the medical residents and healthcare workers that negatively impact minority communities; this includes the idea that Black people feel less pain. I would ensure that all of my patients, regardless of their race, will receive equal optimal treatment with concern for their well-being at all times. Additionally, I plan to serve immigrant women in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Too many immigrant women are nonconsensually sterilized in ICE's care due to miscommunication and racism. As a future doctor, I will spend several of my prime years working for ICE to serve immigrant women professionally, caringly, and sympathetically. Moreover, I intend to use my future Doctor of Medicine degree to open a private office to practice. My team members and I will practice with high morale to provide a comfortable space in which patients feel safe and well-cared for. As a multi-racial (White and Black) woman who has heard the many tragic stories from friends and family of the mistreatment they receive from healthcare professionals, caring for minority women has become my overwhelming resolve. My aunts were abused by their gynecologists with unnecessary bodily contact accompanied by crude comments about their figures. For example, my aunt asked to have a C-section for health concerns, and the OB/GYN boorishly responded, "Your future husband will not like the scar, so you should probably not get the surgery." To ensure women’s safety for the sake of my own family, I will fill the void left open for kind-hearted obstetricians & gynecologists to serve with good intentions and professionalism.
    William A. Lewis Scholarship
    A broken leg will never stop an eagle. Even though I have dealt with many tough situations, I have found a way to maneuver through the woods and come out on the other side. An obstacle I have had to overcome in pursuit of higher education was becoming acclimated to college life amid the pandemic and external racism. The most heartbreaking and difficult tragedy to preserve through during the entire pandemic was when my uncle passed suddenly after developing COVID-19 and pneumonia soon after. This devastation occurred the week before class final exams, so I decided to distance myself at home for some time to support my family, collect my thoughts, and healthily handle my emotions; this way, I was able to pass all of my exams with flying colors even though I was dealing with personal issues. My family was a huge support to me, and I was to them as we celebrated the incredible life of my uncle and mourned his passing as we tried to find new ways of navigating life while missing him. I learned how to take on my family matters, difficult emotions, and a stressful academic position with grace: coming out on the other side. In addition to calamity in my family life, I was faced with two bomb threats to my illustrious institution from people attempting to strike terror in the hearts of Spelmanites, but even though I had to leave campus until my safety was secured, I did not let violent threats against my community of African American women frighten me from achieving my goals. I completed my freshman academic year strongly with a 3.83 GPA. My Spelman sisters reminded me that winning against hateful people means not letting them disrupt our journey to academic success, so we didn’t let them. As I wrapped up my freshmen year at Spelman College and began mentally preparing myself for a successful sophomore year, I was again hit with a monstrous obstacle. Even after having two covid vaccine shots and the booster administered to me, I began feeling sickly within the week leading up to the first day of classes. I began to feel intense headaches, and I was coughing so much that I figured I had contracted strep throat. By the first day of classes, I tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 at the Student Health Services office. This was devastating and surprising news because I had planned out my semester so perfectly that I thought a fresh start would be an excellent refresher after the tragedies I survived last year. Even though I was ordered to stay quarantined until I tested negative, I knew that I would come out triumphant because I am a survivor. I kept up as much as possible with my classwork while quarantining in my room with lightheadedness and a sore throat. When I returned to classes 12 days later, I was very confused with some of the labwork in my biology classes and choreographies in my dance classes. Thankfully my professors and peers were very understanding and helped me catch up with everything over time. Through my hard work and determination, I knew I deserved success, and I let nothing stand in my way. I am so grateful and appreciative to my professors, peers, and especially my family for helping me overcome the calamity in my life so that I could acclimate to college life in my pursuit of higher education. With my support system, I know I will always come out victorious on the other side of hardship.
    Private (PVT) Henry Walker Minority Scholarship
    If I had the resources, I would create a non-profit girls’ academy in Midtown Atlanta, GA, and eventually branch out into cities where many African Americans live below the poverty line to support the economic growth of disadvantaged communities. This non-profit girls’ academy would be funded by donations so that the goods and services I plan to offer through the organization to girls between the ages of 12-19 can be free of charge. This non-profit girls’ academy would provide after-school and summer programs with transportation from surrounding neighborhoods and schools. Various sectors of the organization would function in the same building owned by the non-profit organization. The business program would educate young girls in classrooms separated by grade level. During these class sessions, young girls will learn how to start a business, own real estate property, market their business, understand economics, and materialize or supply a product or service. This program will foster entrepreneurship among young leaders, visualizers, and inventors. In addition, the history program will educate young girls about the history of their ancestors, often overlooked in traditional American public schools. The lessons taught would include the history of ancient African civilizations, world religions, economics and politics, and the history of successful and affluent African American towns such as the Greenwood district in Tulsa, Oklahoma (known as the ‘Black Wall Street’). The arts program will expose students to visual, performing, and musical arts. Artistry of all kinds, including but not limited to painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments, will be supported, encouraged, and fostered within the program. Furthermore, during some convocations and research symposiums relating to sociology, anthropology, and biology, knowledge regarding social systems and reoccurrences of certain conditions prominent within many African American communities will be shared and discussed with teachers and students at the academy to challenge ideas for critical thinking practices. The goal of the non-profit girls’ academy is to embed skills of leadership, critical thinking, and taking action into young girls to break generational curses of poverty, small-mindedness, and broken families, to build a better culture that actively feeds the community messages of health, wealth, kindness, and sacred family values. The creation of the non-profit girls’ academy is important to me because I believe women are the backbone of a culture, and young women need to know where they came from and where they can go to know that they are truly worthy and deserving of all the wonderful things life has to offer them.
    Taylor Swift ‘1989’ Fan Scholarship
    My favorite song on Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album is “I Know Places” because it clearly depicts the importance of finding someone who will stand firm by your side even when everyone else has villanized you. I remember my sweet memories with my significant other, like when we stood with his “hand on my waistline.” The song made me reminisce on the intimate moments with my love. Taylor brought me to a deeper place of mind by reminding me of the rocky relationship between myself, his sisters, and his mother; they “whisper as we pass by.” They are not known for holding their tongue; they always speak their minds, but they tend to misunderstand me a lot since we come from very different backgrounds and upbringings. When they talked amongst themselves, they tended to villanize my well-meaning actions because they did not understand me. It seemed like they were waiting for me to say something they could pick apart, like “vultures circling” their next meal to devour, but I know it is just because they are trying to protect the ones they love. I used to feel hurt by their assumptions because I never meant to offend anyone. I felt somewhat similar to how a "fox" must feel since most people could not even recognize the sounds a "fox" makes, like how his family members seemed to misunderstand my familiar way of speaking and mannerisms as disrespectful. I thought about taking a break from my relationship due to the pressure. Our love was “a fragile little flame,” as it was still so fresh like a fire started from a spark, but I never wanted it to “burn out.” I wanted it to live on forever, so we spent much more time alone with each other and with my family members than with those family members of his. We desired to stand by each other despite judgment; we became “bulletproof,” and I told him, “It’s always you.” When he returned my words to me in full, I knew we were locked in; he would be my rock. I know places that were safe for us to enjoy each other’s company and to freely laugh, hug, and cuddle in peace. Even when we are spending time alone, they are always “trying to track us down.” They are always following us around on social media even though it barely shows the slightest peek into our lives. These challenges we face are not absolute, because when we are each other's rock, hurdles become minute.
    Jeannine Schroeder Women in Public Service Memorial Scholarship
    Have you ever seen the look on a woman's face who has just given birth to a beautiful baby? It is the most beautiful, ecstatic, and grateful look I have ever seen. I want to pursue a career in STEM to decrease the racial disparities present within the healthcare system, and I aspire to uplift women, especially minority mothers, and children. Foremost, I desire to serve women as a friend and doctor. I plan to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specializing in in vitro fertilization. I am aware of the pseudoscientific ideas existing amongst the medical residents and healthcare workers that negatively impact minority communities; this includes the idea that Black people feel less pain. I would ensure that all of my future patients, regardless of their race, receive equal optimal treatment with concern for their well-being at all times. Additionally, I plan to serve immigrant women needing care from a gynecologist while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Too many immigrant women are nonconsensually sterilized in ICE's care due to miscommunication and racism. As a future doctor, I will spend several of my prime years working for ICE to serve immigrant women professionally, caringly, and sympathetically. Moreover, I intend to use my degree to open a private office to practice. My team members and I will practice with principles stating that we will do everything in our power to ensure that our patients know of all the options and resources available to them so that there will be a comfortable space in which they feel safe and well-cared for. My team and I will nurture our patients and exhaust every care option until we find one that fits their needs. Our patients will never be neglected in our care, as our goal will be optimal service each and every time. My future patients will enter my clinic in a comfortable caring environment to be greeted by professional nurtures who practice unbiasedly in their greatest attempts to serve every patient equally and justly. As an African American woman who has heard the many tragic stories from friends and family of the mistreatment they receive from healthcare professionals, caring for minority women has become my overwhelming resolve. My aunts were abused by their gynecologists with unnecessary bodily contact accompanied by crude comments about their figures. For example, my aunt asked to have a C-section for health concerns, and the OB/GYN boorishly responded, "Your future husband will not like the scar, so you should probably not get the surgery." To ensure women's safety for the sake of my own family, I will fill the void left open for kind-hearted obstetricians & gynecologists to serve with good intentions and professionalism. With this, I plan to continue volunteering in sex education events as a health advocate. Once I become an OBGYN, I will continue volunteering in events centered around providing underserved communities with free health screenings to increase the health consciousness in the area. Through my occupation and community service work, I plan to assist in alleviating health disparities related to unequal treatment by healthcare workers towards underserved racial groups and limited access to optimal quality healthcare in underserved communities to improve the quality of care underserved communities receive by increasing the representation of women of color in the medical field and advocating for better treatment.
    Stephan L. Daniels Lift As We Climb Scholarship
    Have you ever seen the look on a woman's face struggling with infertility and has finally gotten pregnant? It is the most beautiful, ecstatic, and grateful look I have ever seen. I want to pursue a career in STEM to decrease the racial disparities within the healthcare system, and I aspire to uplift women, especially minority mothers, and children. Foremost, I desire to serve women as a friend and doctor. I plan to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specializing in in vitro fertilization. I am aware of the pseudoscientific ideas existing amongst the medical residents and healthcare workers that negatively impact minority communities; this includes the idea that Black people feel less pain. I would ensure that all of my patients, regardless of their race, will receive equal optimal treatment with concern for their well-being at all times. Additionally, I plan to obtain a master's degree in bioethics to help decrease racial and sex-related health rates of negative health outcomes by advocating for women's rights and improved healthcare services, especially related to reproductive rights, so that women may have access to safe and affordable healthcare services. Moreover, I intend to use my degree to open a private office to practice. My team members and I will practice with principles stating that we will do everything in our power to ensure that our patients know of all the options and resources available to them so that there will be a comfortable space in which they feel safe and well-cared for. My team and I will nurture our patients and exhaust every care option until we find one that fits their needs. Our patients will never be neglected in our care, as our goal will be optimal service each and every time. My future patients will enter my clinic in a comfortable caring environment to be greeted by professional nurtures who practice unbiasedly in their greatest attempts to serve every patient equally and justly. As an African American woman who has heard the many tragic stories from friends and family of the mistreatment they receive from healthcare professionals, caring for minority women has become my overwhelming resolve. My aunts were abused by their gynecologists with unnecessary bodily contact accompanied by crude comments about their figures. For example, my aunt asked to have a C-section for health concerns, and the OB/GYN boorishly responded, "Your future husband will not like the scar, so you should probably not get the surgery." To ensure women's safety for the sake of my own family, I will fill the void left open for kind-hearted obstetricians & gynecologists to serve with good intentions and professionalism.
    Dr. Samuel Attoh Legacy Scholarship
    What is a legacy if not a foundation? If no one can use one’s legacy as a stepping stone for more outstanding achievement and success, the “legacy” would be nothing more than a dirt road: a road waiting to be conquered and reconfigured. Legacy, to me, is not a blueprint you follow meticulously; it is a guide or a symbol of hope to encourage the next generation to achieve their form of success. My parents are not professors of universities or scientists investing in groundbreaking research, but their gift to the world should not be taken for granted. The gift I inherited was my parents’ open-mindedness and ability to see past my current situation. I used to believe that I was only talented enough to be a Dance major in college because I was not smart enough to go into the sciences, but my dad believed that I had the mind, the drive, and the skills to succeed as a Biology major. Still passionate about the art of dance, I decided to pursue the best of both worlds by majoring in Biology and minoring in Dance. My dad gave me the push I needed to follow a pre-med college path to becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist while enjoying dancing and performing. My parents instilled in me the courage to be fearless in the progression of my career. This was when I began to realize the true meaning of the word legacy and how I wanted to shape the legacy I would one day leave behind. My parents were teaching me that a legacy must itself inspire greatness if it is to truly be called great. I began to wonder how I would inspire greatness in others. Though my parents did not leave me a blueprint, they encouraged me to follow my dreams, which I could not imagine at the time, but they saw from the beginning. Their faith and belief in my ability to achieve greatness will always be more meaningful than any prestigious pedigree they could have otherwise granted me. I strive to continue their legacy by instilling in this world the drive to follow dreams, the courage to strive for high achievement, and the strength to reach for heights once thought impossible by many. My legacy will be in supporting my friends, family, children, and anyone else with unrealized aspirations as well. People do not always remember what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel with your inspiring words meant to light a spark in their life. I will leave everyone I meet with uplifting, powerful words to remember along with philanthropic and generous gestures of kindness for them to never forget; so, when their bosses, peers, or teachers tell them that they are not good enough, they will always know better. I will let them know of their talent and brilliance to strengthen their resolve and embolden their determination. My legacy will be in the creation of greater legacies than my own. This legacy will stretch infinitely into the future as those that I touch continue to touch others with a powerful message of growth, strength, positivity, and progression. That is what legacy means to me.
    Ms. Catherine Gipson Scholarship
    In the words of Harry G. Lefever, we Spelman women embody the phrase “Undaunted by the fight.” As the United State’s leading producer of African American women to obtain the highest degree, PhD, Spelman College is the number one HBCU. HBCU’s ensue Black excellence as they shape Black students into formidable agents of change in the fields of politics, medicine, and mathematics everyday. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are symbols of hope for African Americans that come from impoverished backgrounds who aspire to uplift their families and the community as a whole. When I see alumni of HBCU’s occupying roles such as the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, and the Governor of Georgia, Raphael Warnock, I see myself in their shoes as leaders of America. Watching predecessors strut down the path of success encourages me to do the same as I pursue my education in the Biological Sciences advocating for social justice in the medical field. Social justice describes the repayment due to currently and historically mistreated minorities. In terms of African Americans, society must recognize that property, rights, and education have been wrongfully stolen to uplift the wealthier and less ethnically diverse communities. For example, places such as the ‘Black Wall Street’ were symbols of hope tragically burned to ashes by racists who refused to accept the strength and power Black people possess. When money began circulating tens of times over within this Black community in Oklahoma, oppressors decimated it all. The United States government is rightfully returning property of land back to Black families who lost their land to the government in the 1900s as a form of social justice. Since I am receiving my education from an HBCU, I feel an overwhelming desire to serve my community and give back to it for years to come. This past year, I have partnered with several organizations that are oriented toward giving back to and educating underserved communities. Wholeheartedly, I enjoyed speaking with my community members in Atlanta about staying in shape and creating healthy habits to live long lives. I volunteered alongside medical professionals associated with the African American Male Wellness Agency to get Black men tested for several health conditions in order to catch sickness early. Additionally, we ran a 5k race to encourage physical fitness in the Black community. In the future, I plan to volunteer with the Partnership Against Domestic Violence in the Metro Atlanta area to uplift victims by preparing meals in the shelter’s kitchen atop many other duties I’d be ecstatic to fill.
    Healthy Living Scholarship
    The formidable and accomplished Bruce Lee stated, "Just as the maintaining of good health may require the taking of unpleasant medicine, so the condition of being able to do the things we enjoy often requires the performance of a few we don't." To achieve goals, one must make one's obstacles into stepping stones. When we work out, we sweat, ache, and become fatigued. When we learn to play the trumpet, our fingers cramp, our lips swell, and our lungs work double-time. We spend hours memorizing vocab, grammar, and dialect when learning a language. The practice leads to our consistency and fluency. Though our harshest challenges materialize during our developmental stages, we emerge victorious as better than before. I maintain a healthy lifestyle by choosing to make the hard decisions every day. I could sleep for an extra hour every morning, but I decide to go to the gym instead. I would love to eat cookies, candy, and ice cream until my heart is content, but I would rather go to sleep at the end of the day pleased with my determination and devotion to keeping a healthy diet. When faced with choices that could deter me from a healthy lifestyle, I remember the end goal and keep my focus. I believe it is essential to live a healthy life because we can prevent many shortcomings by taking care of our temples, our bodies, so that we may enjoy life to the fullest. For example, if one smokes, one risks developing cancer and other deadly diseases. Tobacco use damages our temples and may cause irreversible damage. Additionally, obesity plagues America, and this illness steals time that we could spend with our friends and family as it is one of the most common causes of early death. Moreover, hardcore drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) cause hallucinations preventing one from being fully present and aware of their own life. Drugs that render a person unfit to care for oneself or their children should not be taken unless prescribed by a medical professional. One should stay clear of unprescribed medications to avoid losing their life to harmful side effects. It is crucial to live a healthy life by incorporating physical and holistic fitness into our daily routines. In doing so, we will be able to spend the most time enjoying the things we love throughout a long pleasant life with our friends and family.
    Supermom Scholarship
    "Mom, you never cry, so you must be really strong," I ignorantly said to my mother years ago. She replied with a somber tone, "No, I just don't cry in front of you. You don't think I stay up at night wondering or contemplating how I'm going to make it happen, but I always make it happen." From that interaction alone, I started to piece together many aspects of living in a single-parent household that was unbeknownst to me beforehand. She was not careless; she was busy working. She was not unloving; she was just tired. She was not busy being idle; she was forging a future for my siblings and me that I never saw coming. Today we live comfortably, well-off even, but keeping my household's head above water has never been an easy job for my wonderful mother. My parents divorced just after my second youngest brother was born. I was about three years old at the time of the separation. Though my mother and father are cordial, my mother struggled to make do of her small checks with mouths to feed and backs to clothe, disregarding any other luxuries of life that my brother and I continued to beg her for. My assiduous mother never let her circumstances get the best of her. From roommates and abusive relationships to starting her life all over again in a new state, she always found a way to take care of her children. I feel loved. I feel special. I feel important. As a young girl and even as a young woman now, my mother has made me feel like the brightest, most capable person in the world. She not only gave me the confidence and courage to fight for everything I desire, but I also inherited her unwavering grit from watching her work 60-hour weeks just to make ends meet. Living in a single-parent household with my perseverant mother, I know where hard work and dedication can take you. Audaciousness took my family down a road less traveled to a better living and a bright future in college on my way to medical school, but I would never have made it without my mother. What inspires me most about my mother, the solo hero, is her ability to "make it happen" all by herself. Even as a solo hero, she not only supported her children; she supported women in need. My grandmother was never in my mother's life when she was growing up. My mother was raised by her aunt while constantly surrounded by foster children, so she understands the struggle of finding a place to call home and people who have good intentions for you. Knowing this, my mother empathetically opened the doors to her home for a young 18-year-old mother who had no place to go or return to. She was lost and beaten down, but following her gut instinct, my mother allowed the troubled girl to stay in our home. My mother planted the seed in me to aspire to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist, so I can open my doors and help women get better too. I plan to open my own private Obstetrics & Gynecology office specializing in in vitro fertilization in the future. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Biology, I will take my knowledge to medical school. After completing my residency and fellowship, I will work for several years to open my doors to women in need, just as my mother did when I was young.
    Debra Victoria Scholarship
    "Mom, you never cry, so you must be really strong," I ignorantly said to my mother years ago. She replied with a somber tone, "No, I just don't cry in front of you. You don't think I stay up at night wondering or contemplating how I'm going to make it happen, but I always make it happen." From that interaction alone, I started to piece together many aspects of living in a single-parent household that was unbeknownst to me beforehand. She was not careless; she was busy working. She was not unloving; she was just tired. She was not busy being idle; she was forging a future for my siblings and me that I never saw coming. Today we live comfortably, well-off even, but keeping my household's head above water has never been an easy job for my wonderful mother. My parents divorced just after my second youngest brother was born. I was about three years old at the time of the separation. Though my mother and father are cordial, my mother struggled to make do of her small checks with mouths to feed and backs to clothe, disregarding any other luxuries of life that my brother and I continued to beg her for. My assiduous mother never let her circumstances get the best of her. From roommates and abusive relationships to starting her life all over again in a new state, she always found a way to take care of her children. I feel loved. I feel special. I feel important. As a young girl and even as a young woman now, my mother has made me feel like the brightest, most capable person in the world. She not only gave me the confidence and courage to fight for everything I desire, but I also inherited her unwavering grit from watching her work 60-hour weeks just to make ends meet. Living in a single-parent household with my perseverant mother, I know where hard work and dedication can take you. Audaciousness took my family down a road less traveled to a better living and a bright future in college on my way to medical school, but I would never have made it without my mother. My mother is a solo hero in her own regard, "making it happen" all by herself. Even as a solo hero, she not only supported her children; she supported women in need. My grandmother was never in my mother's life when she was growing up. My mother was raised by her aunt while constantly surrounded by foster children, so she understands the struggle of finding a place to call home and people who have good intentions for you. Knowing this, my mother empathetically opened the doors to her home for a young 18-year-old mother who had no place to go or return to. She was lost and beaten down, but following her gut instinct, my mother allowed the troubled girl to stay in our home. My mother planted the seed in me to aspire to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist, so I can open my doors and help women get better too. I plan to open my own private Obstetrics & Gynecology office specializing in in vitro fertilization in the future. After obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Biology, I will take my knowledge to medical school. After completing my residency and fellowship, I will work for several years to open my doors to women in need, just as my mother did when I was young.
    Health & Wellness Scholarship
    The formidable and accomplished Bruce Lee stated, "Just as the maintaining of good health may require the taking of unpleasant medicine, so the condition of being able to do the things we enjoy often requires the performance of a few we don't." To achieve goals, one must make one's obstacles into stepping stones. When we work out, we sweat, ache, and become fatigued. When we learn to play the trumpet, our fingers cramp, our lips swell, and our lungs work double-time. We spend hours memorizing vocab, grammar, and dialect when learning a language. The practice leads to our consistency and fluency. Though our harshest challenges materialize during our developmental stages, we emerge victorious as better than before. I maintain a healthy lifestyle by choosing to make the hard decisions every day. I could sleep for an extra hour every morning, but I decide to go to the gym instead. I would love to eat cookies, candy, and ice cream until my heart is content, but I would rather go to sleep at the end of the day pleased with my determination and devotion to keeping a healthy diet. When faced with choices that could deter me from a healthy lifestyle, I remember the end goal and keep my focus. I believe it is essential to live a healthy life because we can prevent many shortcomings by taking care of our temples, our bodies, so that we may enjoy life to the fullest. For example, if one smokes, one risks developing cancer and other deadly diseases. Tobacco use damages our temples and may cause irreversible damage. Additionally, obesity plagues America, and this illness steals time that we could spend with our friends and family as it is one of the most common causes of early death. Moreover, hardcore drugs such as LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) cause hallucinations preventing one from being fully present and aware of their own life. Drugs that render a person unfit to care for oneself or their children should not be taken unless prescribed by a medical professional. One should stay clear of unprescribed medications to avoid losing their life to harmful side effects. It is crucial to live a healthy life by incorporating physical and holistic fitness into our daily routines. In doing so, we will be able to spend the most time enjoying the things we love throughout a long pleasant life with our friends and family.
    Surya Education Assistance Scholarship
    Education is the rope that pulls one out of generational curses, poverty, and poor living conditions; thus, getting my education is my top priority. My mother, a single parent, has worked tirelessly, and I promised her that she would never have to work another day of her life when I become a well-paid doctor. For years my mother worked and sacrificed so that I could pursue my education and live better than we did growing up, and I will do the same for my children. My mother sacrificed job opportunities and events for self-enjoyment so my siblings and I may be fulfilled throughout our childhood and into adulthood. Using education to become an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specializing in in vitro fertilization, I will uplift minority women and children. Have you ever seen the look on a woman's face struggling with infertility and finally getting pregnant? It is the most beautiful, ecstatic, and grateful look I have ever seen. I want to pursue a career in STEM to decrease the racial disparities present within the healthcare system, and I aspire to uplift women, especially minority mothers and children. Foremost, I desire to serve women as a friend and doctor. I plan to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specializing in in vitro fertilization. I am aware of the pseudoscientific ideas existing amongst the medical residents and healthcare workers that negatively affect minority communities; this includes the idea that Black people feel less pain. I would ensure that all of my patients, regardless of their race, will receive equal optimal treatment with concern for their well-being at all times. Additionally, I intend to use my degree to open a private office to practice. My team members and I will practice with principles stating that we will do everything in our power to ensure that our patients know of all the options and resources available to them so that there will be a comfortable space in which they feel safe and well cared for. Lastly, my team and I will nurture our patients and exhaust every care option until we find one that fits their needs. Our patients will never be neglected in our care, as our goal will be optimal service each and every time. My future patients will enter my clinic in a comfortable caring environment to be greeted by professional nurtures who practice unbiasedly in their greatest attempts to serve every patient equally and justly. I am passionate about receiving my education to uplift minority communities, take care of my mother in her old age, and provide a better life for my future children than I had.
    Mary P. Perlea Scholarship Fund
    "Why are light-skinned people always getting into Black people's business!" my ex-boyfriend's mother exclaimed to me during our conversation regarding police brutality. I was in utter shock and disbelief at the scarring words she had just propelled at me. How could you say that to me? I thought to myself. Was I not Black as well? Not many people understand my point of view, nor can they relate since there are many variations of "light-skinned" people. The term "light-skinned" is so broad a category that it is almost non-descriptive. Many darker-skinned Black people assume that light-skinned people are home free of many of the stresses and tragedies that the Black community faces. I wish when people saw me, they could see my past and upbringing. When I was in elementary school, I lived in a predominantly Black neighborhood in government housing with crime lurking. The low-income school system that I attended struggled to run with outdated books, a lack of technology, and hazardous play areas. I never resented the people around me because we were in this together– at least, this was how I viewed the situation. We were all suffering from environmental racism. Things changed as an abusive relationship tortured my mother. She decided to leave that area and move states away with all her children to share one room and bed at her aunt's house in Georgia. I lost many precious items to make the journey, and I was behind in school due to the lack of resources at my last school, but we managed to pull through. Since then, we've been building our family up, and we now live more comfortably than ever in our houses and separate rooms. However, my mother works many long hours at her job to sustain her comfort. Still perplexed by the assumption that light-skin people are not Black, I tried to take a step back to remember that everyone has their perception of life, thus creating their reality. I try to understand others, but I hope they'd do the same for me. Knowing the struggle of a single-parent household and lack of resources, I understand the need to uplift the Black community in any way that I can. Thus, I desire to serve women as a friend and doctor. I plan to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specializing in in vitro fertilization. I will ensure that all of my future patients, regardless of their race, will receive equal optimal treatment with concern for their well-being at all times. Additionally, I intend to use my degree to open a private office to practice. My team members and I will practice with principles stating that we will do everything in our power to ensure that our patients know of all the options and resources available to them so that there will be a comfortable space in which they feel safe and well cared for. Lastly, my team and I will nurture our patients and exhaust every care option until we find one that fits their needs. Our patients will never be neglected in our care, as our goal will be optimal service each and every time. My future patients will enter my clinic in a comfortable caring environment to be greeted by professional nurtures who practice unbiasedly in their greatest attempts to serve every patient equally and justly.
    Show your Mettle - Women in STEM Scholarship
    Have you ever seen the look on a woman's face struggling with infertility and has finally gotten pregnant? It is the most beautiful, ecstatic, and grateful look I have ever seen. I want to pursue a career in STEM to decrease the racial disparities present within the healthcare system, and I aspire to uplift women, especially minority mothers and children. Foremost, I desire to serve women as a friend and doctor. I plan to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specializing in in vitro fertilization. I am aware of the pseudoscientific ideas existing amongst the medical residents and healthcare workers that negatively affect minority communities; this includes the idea that Black people feel less pain. I would ensure that all of my patients, regardless of their race, will receive equal optimal treatment with concern for their well-being at all times. Additionally, I intend to use my degree to open a private office to practice. My team members and I will practice with principles stating that we will do everything in our power to ensure that our patients know of all the options and resources available to them so that there will be a comfortable space in which they feel safe and well cared for. Lastly, my team and I will nurture our patients and exhaust every care option until we find one that fits their needs. Our patients will never be neglected in our care, as our goal will be optimal service each and every time. My future patients will enter my clinic in a comfortable caring environment to be greeted by professional nurtures who practice unbiasedly in their greatest attempts to serve every patient equally and justly. Greatness is never achieved without adversity and hardship along the way. As a woman, I am aware of how the world perceives me and expects me to be. Though corporate America stereotypes women, I may be able to use these obstacles to my advantage in the long run. For example, men in corporate America view women as pushy and hard to work with when they're assertive or trying to negotiate a higher salary while viewing men oppositely. Men in corporate America are praised for negotiating a higher salary as this is seen as a show of dominance and leadership as they "take control" of their income. These negative connotations associated with women cause them to be less likely to gain a higher salary from negotiation than men, and instead, oftentimes, they get no job at all. Women are faced with adversity in corporate America as they have less opportunity to increase their income than men. However, women may overcome some gender-based obstacles with careful and strategic methods. For instance, women may use the characteristics regarding the connotations that women are "order-followers" and "servers" to their advantage. We can achieve success in corporate America by playing into men's stereotypes of women. When we apply for a job, we can say phrases such as "my former manager referred me to apply here" or "I can serve you and make you more money." These phrases will play to our advantage as these attributes are positive for women. Though acting according to stereotypes is an obstacle that women face in corporate America, we can use some stereotypes to our advantage.
    Stephan L. Daniels Lift As We Climb Scholarship
    Have you ever seen the look on a woman’s face struggling with infertility and has finally gotten pregnant? It is the most beautiful, ecstatic, and grateful look that I have ever seen. I want to pursue a career in STEM to decrease the racial disparities present within the healthcare system, and I aspire to uplift the Black community, especially Black mothers and children. Foremost, I desire to serve minority communities as a friend and doctor. I plan to be an Obstetrician & Gynecologist specializing in in vitro fertilization. I am aware of the pseudoscientific ideas existing amongst the medical residents and healthcare workers that negatively affect our community; this includes the idea that Black people feel less pain. I would ensure that all of my patients, regardless of their race, will receive equal optimal treatment with concern for their well-being at all times. Additionally, I intend to use my degree to open a private office to practice. My team members and I will practice with principles stating that we will do everything in our power to ensure that our patients know of all the options and resources available to them so that there will be a comfortable space in which they feel safe and well cared for. Lastly, my team and I will nurture our patients and exhaust every care option until we find one that fits their needs. Our patients will never be neglected in our care, as our goal will be optimal service each and every time. My future patients will enter my clinic in a comfortable caring environment to be greeted by professional nurtures who practice unbiasedly in their greatest attempts to serve every patient equally and justly. Moreover, I plan to fund a non-profit organization of my creation with the lucrative benefits of my fertility clinic, in which I will open an afterschool academy. The academy will feature classes in financial literacy, American minority history, reading, public speaking, physical fitness, and interview techniques for young girls in high school to put their best foot forward in their walk to adulthood. My colleagues and I will teach young girls to value themselves. Maturing young minds will be inspired and encouraged to fulfill their greatest dreams and aspirations, which are always achievable with enough well-placed effort and work. Soon-to-be women will not walk in fear or intimidation as they spread their wings to soar like exceptional eagles in the world as beacons of light after graduating from my academy. I intend to use my degree in Science to lead me into medical school, in which I’ll have the opportunity to serve my community professionally, justly, and lovingly.
    Bold Science Matters Scholarship
    Who thought life could spring about from lifeless matter? Recently, I was enlightened that the perfect conditions existed to create the building blocks of life, amino acids (the protein elements in DNA and RNA), much earlier in Earth's history. So enthralled by the idea of the formation of living material, I scoured the internet to find an experiment searching for the answer to how life came about on Earth. In the 1950s, two outstanding chemists, Stanley Miller and Harold Urey discovered how early Earth's atmosphere produced amino acids using lightning, liquid water, methane, ammonia, and hydrogen. Simulating lightning strikes through the mixture of greenhouse gases and water created the elements that make up nucleic acid in our bodies. Though the experiment was only a simulation, these brilliant scientists discovered the wonders of life in their laboratory for the rest of us inquisitive scientists to enjoy. This is my favorite scientific discovery because it brought the secrets of life to light.
    Bold Meaning of Life Scholarship
    Everyone around us seems to tell us what life is and how we should use the time we have in ours, but the meaning of life has always seemed more subjective to me. So what is the meaning of life, one might ask? I say it is what one makes it. The meaning of life is defined by the desires, aspirations, and symbols of fulfillment one finds in his experiences. In a general sense, the meaning of life is the state in which a person reaches self-actualization, the best version of oneself at the height of their potential. I am currently aspiring to be at my peak of fulfillment by pursuing my dreams and goals. As an undergraduate Biology major/Dance minor, I am studying at Spelman College. I am surrounded by people very close to self-actualization; these people are "undaunted by the fight." They are not afraid to push past boundaries and fight for precisely what they believe they deserve out of life. By building up my leadership skills, social skills, and cognitive abilities, I have come closer and closer to self-actualization. I am closer and closer to becoming an OB/GYN after completing medical school and owning a dance academy while living in the house of my dreams. The meaning is the spark that lights your fire.
    Bold Confidence Matters Scholarship
    Confidence is like a diamond necklace that never loses its shine. Confidence is like a funny joke that never gets old. Confidence is like a ray of sunshine that never grows dim. Confidence, Complete Confidence, will be mine. Confidence can be described in many ways, but it means only one thing; being comfortable in your own skin, even when you're are wrong, even when you don't know the answer, and even when others don't believe in your abilities. I am working on my confidence level every day by motivating myself and telling myself many self-affirmations to remind myself of my worth. I remind myself that I am capable, that I can do anything I put my mind to, and the limits that others have tried to put on me are not my own, but the fears of others that have materialized in their own lives. Every day, I choose not to live in fear of failure; I take every opportunity that could benefit me, even if it may be somewhat daunting. What matters is that you build character through pushing through the fear into greatness: great failure or great success. Only through trying will you get a result; not trying at all gets you nothing. So I choose to uplift myself every day to build up my confidence and acquire every one of my goals that I know I can reach with time and effort.
    Bold Best Skills Scholarship
    "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams. Leadership within your own life is crucial to reaching self-actualization: oneself's best and most fulfilled version. I am continuously pushing myself out of my comfort zone to acquire all the goals that I have set for myself and inspire others to do the same in their own lives. I am an undergraduate Biology major and Dance minor studying at Spelman College, developing myself as an individual and contributing member of society. Every day, I continue to build myself up to flourish as an independent person and be an example to others around me. I am building my leadership skills by taking every opportunity to learn from more experienced leaders and gain experience for myself. For instance, I always organize the content within group projects for my classes and create checklists for all of the checkpoints we must hit in our presentations after dividing the work between the group members. I try my best to ensure that no team member is lost along the sidelines, and we may move as one cohesive group with an understanding of each of our different parts in the process. Additionally, I have been randomizing my group partners in my group projects to gain experience working with various personalities and ways of thinking. Moreover, in addition to working in small groups, I have chosen to run for my school's student government program to lead a much larger population. I am greatly honored to serve as Spelman College's new council member. All things combined, I am constantly finding new ways to improve my leadership skills and pursuing any opportunity that I can get my hands on.
    Bold Self-Care Scholarship
    Nothing beats finding those calm moments in the eye of a tornado on a busy day. Self-care is of the utmost importance in my life because burnout will soon follow after a day with no relaxation. I schedule my days with time for work and time for self-care. To alleviate some of the stresses and anxieties that my responsibilities demand, I make time for my daily jogs in the morning to wake me up and start my day off right; I feel completely rejuvenated after my morning workout. Throughout the rest of my day, I make sure to set aside time to dance, listen to music, or watch Netflix so my mind isn’t solely engaged in taxing tasks all day long. I don’t usually eat breakfast, so that leaves more time for lunch and dinner; during these times of the day, I do nothing but eat and relax-doing as my heart so desires that day. Even on my busiest days, I try to be in bed early enough to get my long-awaited 8-hour sleep time; I know at least 8 hours is optimal to feel refreshed and ready for whatever tomorrow may bring. For trying times, I keep a meditation notebook to journal my thoughts, feelings, words of encouragement, and listed goals so that I never forget why I worked so hard in the first place. My meditation journal is a place where I list goals for myself concerning my mental and physical state; this is where I release all of my tension and recollect myself if I happen to lose sight of my aspirations. My meditation book, along with my workout routine and scheduled relaxation times, is vital to my self-care regimen, and I’d recommend that everyone invest in an excellent self-care regimen for personal mental health.
    Bold Growth Mindset Scholarship
    We Spelman students and alums alike have learned to be “undaunted by the fight” in the words of Harry G. Lefever. We’re continuously told never to fear growth but to embrace it- we are to embrace the uncomfortable and unfamiliar to bring in the new and the better. I always tell myself that even if I may not have the skills or the assets to accomplish something now, I will learn and obtain everything that I need to accomplish my goals with the growth mindset; I will not let my previous experiences deter me. I don’t become defeated when I fail because I know that to grow, I must first fail to get it right the next time. There is always room for improvement, and I’m always ready for a change. For example, I took AP calculus in high school, and I barely passed with a 70 from the grace of my teacher because I gave up on myself about halfway through the course, thinking it was too hard for me; I had never been in a class where I had to study so hard for an A. I’m taking Calculus again in my Spring 2022 semester of college, and I’ve decided that I will learn the material this time around, and I will learn it well. I am throwing myself headfirst into this Calculus course because I know if I have a growth mindset, I can achieve all I desire. I will let nothing slow me down- not even failure. The growth mindset means understanding that you may not get it the first, the second, or the tenth, but the eleventh time may be the moment when you realize perseverance wins the race.
    Giving Back to the Future Scholarship
    As a child of a divorced household living with a single mother, I understand the struggles of caring for a family as a woman of color living with just a few dollars to spare. So, I am dedicating my life to serving my community as a future Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Foremost, I've been caring for people my whole life starting with my precious younger brothers. When we were younger, I made sure we were safe at home alone: always clutching my house key when stepping off the school bus to ensure we would always make it home safely- always willing to share my coat on days below freezing while we were stranded in the snow- always willing to patch up a small scratch or cut from a clumsy little accident. As I've grown into the woman I am today, a Spelmanite majoring in Biology, I am focused on my true passion that is becoming an OB/GYN. In following my career path, I chose this field of study as a gateway into medical school to pursue my true passion as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. I am steadfast and devoted to educating women on the importance of prenatal care. I strive to enlighten Black women on the undeniable significance of prenatal care. Many Black women receive late to no prenatal care, resulting in an increased infant mortality rate and frequency of congenital disabilities within the community. Additionally, I am striving to cease the perpetuation, by medical professionals, of pseudoscientific ideas, including that Black people feel less pain than people with lighter skin tones. These fallacious concepts are detrimental to the health of the Black community because this leads to the disregard of Black mothers' concerns and the prescription of insufficient amounts of medication. I wish to heal the community by destroying these harmful notions. By focusing on Biology as an area of study in undergraduate school, I will be able to study obstetrics and gynecology in medical school to prepare me better to fulfill my role in improving the overall health of the Black community. Furthermore, in following my career path 3-5 years down the line after completing undergraduate schooling with a Bachelor's degree in Biology heading for medical school, I will found a non-profit organization where young girls may attend my future annual summer program. This donation-funded program that functions with volunteering mentors will enlighten young girls of essential life skills, including the following: feminine etiquette, financial literacy, family fundamentals, public speaking, ethnic history from around the world, and the importance of sustaining mental health (great self-worth). The future women of America will leave my program with a better sense of self and the world around them. I will create this program for young black girls in poorer communities to help cease the cycle of generational curses, starting with the education of choice and opportunity to set them up for success as they bloom into beautiful roses ready to take on the world. I will care for the young black girls of the community as I did with my younger siblings growing up: with care, compassion, and patience.
    Lillian's & Ruby's Way Scholarship
    Foremost, I've been caring for people my whole life starting with my precious younger brothers. When we were younger, I made sure we were safe at home alone: always clutching my house key when stepping off the school bus to ensure we would always make it home safely- always willing to share my coat on days below freezing while we were stranded in the snow- always willing to patch up a small scratch or cut from a clumsy little accident. Along with caring for my younger siblings, I was inspired to chase my dreams as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist by Luvvie Ajayi Jones, the author of the book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighting Manual. Jones invigorated me to be bold and not let others put me into a box of their creation to tether me down or keep me from reaching greatness. She taught me that though it may be uncomfortable for my peers to accept my unapologetic fearlessness, I should not let their opinions define me. I was told that I would never make the Varsity Winter Guard team at my first high school audition. I was told that I would never make the primary weapon line in the Color Guard team at my first try-out. I was told that I would never make it into college, but here I am today as a Spelmanite majoring in Biology while proving to myself that I can be anything that I set my mind to. For a moment, it seemed as though I would be better off being "bad" with everyone else rather than "good" all by myself, but that was all before I read Jones' book. As I've grown into the woman I am today, a Spelmanite majoring in Biology, I am focused on my true passion that is becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Following my career path, I would be granted the ability to create a community where mothers and infants live with the physical freedom and ability to pursue their greatest dreams and endeavors. In my plans, health issues will never be a detriment to mothers and children; everyone will see them flourish as healthy, able-bodied, and able-minded individuals. Additionally, with the aid of the Lillian's & Ruby's Way Scholarship expending a helping hand in paying for my Spelman College education, I will graduate and continue my graduate studies at a medical school with a program specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. After I have completed graduate school and the 4-7 years of residency, I plan to own a private office to conduct and lead my team members with the same objectives and goals as myself. As my following and influence grow in the medical industry, so inherently will the prosperity of families and households regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Striving to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologist that lives to serve and better the health of women and small children in the U.S. resides in the morality centered in the core of my being. My career of choice was picked by the deep-rooted motivation to better the health of women and children far and wide across many races and socioeconomic statuses.
    Connie Konatsotis Scholarship
    Preceding, I've been caring for people my whole life starting with my precious younger brothers. When we were younger, I made sure we were safe at home alone: always clutching my house key when stepping off the school bus to ensure we would always make it home safely- always willing to share my coat on days below freezing while we were stranded in the snow- always willing to patch up a small scratch or cut from a clumsy little accident. As I've grown into the woman I am today, a Spelmanite majoring in Biology, I am focused on my true passion that is becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. I am engulfed in the life sciences sector of STEAM, because I am extremely interested in the health and care of people. Foremost, I am steadfast and devoted to educating women on the importance of prenatal care. I strive to enlighten Black women on the undeniable significance of prenatal care. Many Black women receive late to no prenatal care, resulting in an increased infant mortality rate and frequency of congenital disabilities within the community. Additionally, I am striving to cease the perpetuation, by medical professionals, of pseudoscientific ideas, including that Black people feel less pain than people with lighter skin tones. These fallacious concepts are detrimental to the health of the Black community because this leads to the disregard of Black mothers' concerns and the prescription of insufficient amounts of medication. I wish to heal the community by destroying these harmful notions. By focusing on Biology as an area of study in undergraduate school, I will be able to study obstetrics and gynecology in medical school to prepare me better to fulfill my role in improving the overall health of the Black community. Furthermore, after becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, I would be granted the ability to create a community where mothers and infants live with the physical freedom and ability to pursue their greatest dreams and endeavors. In my plans, health issues will never be a detriment to mothers and children; everyone will see them flourish as healthy, able-bodied, and able-minded individuals. Additionally, with the aid of the Connie Konatsotis Scholarship expending a helping hand in paying for my Spelman College education, I will graduate and continue my graduate studies at a medical school with a program specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. After I have completed graduate school and the 4-7 years of residency, I plan to own a private office to conduct and lead my team members with the same objectives and goals as myself. As my following and influence grow in the medical industry, so inherently will the prosperity of families and households regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Striving to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologist that lives to serve and better the health of women and small children in the U.S. resides in the morality centered in the core of my being. My career of choice was picked by the deep-rooted motivation to better the health of women and children far and wide across many races and socioeconomic statuses.
    Tanya C. Harper Memorial SAR Scholarship
    As a child of a divorced household living with a single mother, I understand the struggles of caring for a family as a woman of color living with just a few dollars to spare. So, I am dedicating my life to serving my community as a future Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Preceding, I've been caring for people my whole life starting with my precious younger brothers. When we were younger, I made sure we were safe at home alone: always clutching my house key when stepping off the school bus to ensure we would always make it home safely- always willing to share my coat on days below freezing while we were stranded in the snow. As I've grown into the woman I am today, a Spelmanite majoring in Biology, I am focused on my true passion that is becoming an OB/GYN. In following my career path, I chose this field of study as a gateway into medical school to pursue my true passion as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Foremost, I am steadfast and devoted to educating women on the importance of prenatal care. I strive to enlighten Black women on the undeniable significance of prenatal care. Many Black women receive late to no prenatal care, resulting in an increased infant mortality rate and frequency of congenital disabilities within the community. Additionally, I am striving to cease the perpetuation, by medical professionals, of pseudoscientific ideas, including that Black people feel less pain than people with lighter skin tones. These fallacious concepts are detrimental to the health of the Black community because this leads to the disregard of Black mothers' concerns and the prescription of insufficient amounts of medication. I wish to heal the community by destroying these harmful notions. By focusing on Biology as an area of study in undergraduate school, I will be able to study obstetrics and gynecology in medical school to prepare me better to fulfill my role in improving the overall health of the Black community. Furthermore, after becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, I would be granted the ability to create a community where mothers and infants live with the physical freedom and ability to pursue their greatest dreams and endeavors. In my plans, health issues will never be a detriment to mothers and children; everyone will see them flourish as healthy, able-bodied, and able-minded individuals. Additionally, with the aid of the Tanya C. Harper Memorial SAR Scholarship expending a helping hand in paying for my Spelman College education, I will graduate and continue my graduate studies at a medical school with a program specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. After I have completed graduate school and the 4-7 years of residency, I plan to own a private office to conduct and lead my team members with the same objectives and goals as myself. As my following and influence grow in the medical industry, so inherently will the prosperity of families and households regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Striving to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologist that lives to serve and better the health of women and small children in the U.S. resides in the morality centered in the core of my being. My career of choice was picked by the deep-rooted motivation to better the health of women and children far and wide across many races and socioeconomic statuses.
    I Am Third Scholarship
    I am driven by the inner motive to tear down the barriers keeping women and children from receiving optimal healthcare in the future as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. I chose this field of study, Life Sciences (Biology), as a gateway into medical school to pursue my true passion as an OB/GYN. Foremost, I am steadfast and devoted to educating women on the importance of prenatal care. I strive to enlighten Black women on the undeniable significance of prenatal care. Many Black women receive late to no prenatal care, resulting in an increased infant mortality rate and frequency of congenital disabilities within the community. Additionally, I am striving to cease the perpetuation, by medical professionals, of pseudoscientific ideas, including that Black people feel less pain than people with lighter skin tones. These fallacious concepts are detrimental to the health of the Black community because this leads to the disregard of Black mothers' concerns and the prescription of insufficient amounts of medication. I wish to heal the community by destroying these harmful notions. By focusing on Biology as an area of study in undergraduate school, I will be able to study obstetrics and gynecology in medical school to prepare me better to fulfill my role in improving the overall health of the Black community. Furthermore, after becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, I would be granted the ability to create a community where mothers and infants live with the physical freedom and ability to pursue their greatest dreams and endeavors. In my plans, health issues will never be a detriment to mothers and children; everyone will see them flourish as healthy, able-bodied, and able-minded individuals. Additionally, with the aid of the I Am Third Scholarship expending a helping hand in paying for my Spelman College education, I will graduate and continue my graduate studies at a medical school with a program specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. After I have completed graduate school and the 4-7 years of residency, I plan to own a private office to conduct and lead my team members with the same objectives and goals as myself. As my following and influence grow in the medical industry, so inherently will the prosperity of families and households regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Striving to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologist that lives to serve and better the health of women and small children in the U.S. resides in the morality centered in the core of my being. My career of choice was picked by the deep-rooted motivation to better the health of women and children far and wide across many races and socioeconomic statuses.
    Stefanie Ann Cronin Make a Difference Scholarship
    As a child of a divorced household living with a single mother, I understand the struggles of caring for a family as a woman of color living with just a few dollars to spare. So, I am dedicating my life to creating an affordable self-improvement program for young girls from low-income households while serving my community as a future Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Preceding, I've been caring for people my whole life starting with my precious younger brothers. When we were younger, I made sure we were safe at home alone: always clutching my house key when stepping off the school bus to ensure we would always make it home safely- always willing to share my coat on days below freezing while we were stranded in the snow. As I've grown into the woman I am today, a Spelmanite majoring in Biology, I am focused on my true passion that is becoming an OB/GYN. In following my career path, I would be granted the ability to create a community where mothers and infants live with the physical freedom and ability to pursue their greatest dreams and endeavors. In my plans, health issues will never be a detriment to mothers and children; everyone will see them flourish as healthy, able-bodied, and able-minded individuals. Additionally, with the aid of the Stefanie Ann Cronin Make a Difference Scholarship expending a helping hand in paying for my Spelman College education, I will graduate and continue my graduate studies at a medical school with a program specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. After I have completed graduate school and the 4-7 years of residency, I plan to own a private office to conduct and lead my team members with the same objectives and goals as myself. As my following and influence grow in the medical industry, so inherently will the prosperity of families and households regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Striving to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologist that lives to serve and better the health of women and small children in the U.S. resides in the morality centered in the core of my being. My career of choice was picked by the deep-rooted motivation to better the health of women and children far and wide across many races and socioeconomic statuses. Furthermore, I will continue to uplift women and girls by creating a commercial dance studio/program for young and talented girls. Knowing that many families struggle to put food on the table and shelter over their heads, I have decided to use my career to redistribute my funds back into the poorer communities. I plan to create an affordable after-school program that will teach young girls essential life skills as well as how to dance professionally. Girls with great potential and talent will learn about feminine etiquette, financial literacy, family fundamentals, public speaking, ethnic history from around the world, and the importance of sustaining mental health (great self-worth). I would love to take care of and nurture the community's children as I did with my siblings growing up. This is how I plan to make a positive impact in the world.
    Black Students in STEM Scholarship
    I chose this field of study, Life Sciences (Biology), as a gateway into medical school to pursue my true passion as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Foremost, I am steadfast and devoted to educating women on the importance of prenatal care. I strive to enlighten black women on the undeniable significance of prenatal care. Many black women receive late to no prenatal care, resulting in an increased infant mortality rate and frequency of congenital disabilities within the community. Additionally, I am striving to cease the perpetuation, by medical professionals, of pseudoscientific ideas, including that black people feel less pain than people with lighter skin tones. These fallacious concepts are detrimental to the health of the black community because this leads to the disregard of black mothers' concerns and the prescription of insufficient amounts of medication. I wish to heal the community by destroying these harmful notions. By focusing on Biology as an area of study in undergraduate school, I will be able to study obstetrics and gynecology in medical school to prepare me better to fulfill my role in improving the overall health of the black community. Furthermore, after becoming an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, I would be granted the ability to create a community where mothers and infants live with the physical freedom and ability to pursue their greatest dreams and endeavors. In my plans, health issues will never be a detriment to mothers and children; everyone will see them flourish as healthy, able-bodied, and able-minded individuals. Additionally, with the aid of the Black Students in STEM Scholarship expending a helping hand in paying for my Spelman College education, I will graduate and continue my graduate studies at a medical school with a program specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. After I have completed graduate school and the 4-7 years of residency, I plan to own a private office to conduct and lead my team members with the same objectives and goals as myself. As my following and influence grow in the medical industry, so inherently will the prosperity of families and households regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Striving to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologist that lives to serve and better the health of women and small children in the U.S. resides in the morality centered in the core of my being. My career of choice and passion for STEM was picked by the deep-rooted motivation to better the health of women and children far and wide across many races and socioeconomic statuses.
    3LAU "Everything" Scholarship
    The very fabric of my being is rooted in the adoration of performing, so I could say that performing is my everything. Dancing and spinning rifles in Color Guard for crowds ranging from one person to thousands has always given me great pleasure. I remember the first time that I performed with my high school color guard team at a competition. I was fearful of what people would think of me, and I was scared to make a mistake. Once I stepped foot on the floor to perform, all of my fear vacated my body; the void was filled with a feeling of overwhelming determination and confidence to unveil my true talents. I stepped off of the floor, after the performance ended, knowing that I did my best and left my all on the floor. My performance was perfect because I performed to the height of my abilities with grace and conviction. I felt amazing, and I made the audience feel it too. Nowadays, the adrenaline rushes through my veins to give everyone in the audience a performance that they can feel in their souls. When I perform, I strive to touch the very hearts of every individual present in the crowd. I want them to always remember how my performance made them feel. When I perform, I let go of all of my pent-up emotions to project across the stands of viewers. My feelings and past experiences become one with my muscles, and I speak my truth through every movement from my limbs. My body tells a story that would be indescribable with only words. Performing grants me an outlet to relinquish the pain, sorrow, joy, fear, and love that I feel in my spirit. Performing is my everything because everything I am is displayed through performing.