Western Washington University Alumni Association

Brittney Brown

Major - Biology with Cellular and Molecular Emphasis / Pre-Dental
Hometown - Poulsbo, WA

“This scholarship is helping me have fewer loans and will help me in the future when I have less debt to pay.”

When you work with the community you already gain so much, but to be assisted with college expenses for being involved and doing the things I love means so much more. I've always been a firm believer that if you spend your life giving that you will receive in return. Growing up I was passionate about so many different issues and organizations that I couldn't choose just one to volunteer with. In this way I was able to be involved in many different things that made me happy: the Special Olympics, mentoring kids, suicide/under-age drinking prevention, as well as being a part of many clubs at Western such as SIFF (Sharing Interests Forming Friendships) which is club that pairs you with a student who has a disability. This year I had the honor of holding the title of Miss Tahoma 2015 where I was able to promote my personal platform: Disability Awareness and Inclusion, and the national platforms: Children's Miracle Network, and STEM education.

Being a part of a single-parent family due to my parents’ divorce when I was four years old, I thought attending college was an unattainable dream. Not because I didn't have the drive, but because of the money it takes.. I hope to become a Dentist or Dental Specialist, and having a career goal like this and being a part of a low-income family makes it seem impossible. The educational road to become a dentist is long and expensive. This scholarship has impacted my life drastically because it has helped me afford college, relieve my financial burden, make my dreams attainable, and also provided me with the motivation to do exceptional in all of my classes at Western to prove that I am deserving of this scholarship.

My parents’ divorce was an experience that has really impacted the way I live my life and the morals I stand for. My mother has been such an amazing, strong, single parent that I have grown into a very independent person myself. I also live my life working hard, because whenever I want something, I've always had to work for it. Although the divorce was very hard on my family and me, I try to look at the experience in a positive light because it has made me who I am today, and I am proud of that.

When I do have a little bit of free time, I love to watch movies, spend time outdoors, cook,  ballroom dance, spend time with friends and family, go on road trips, Skype with my pug and.... RELAX.


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