Major - Biology with a Cellular and Molecular Emphasis/ Pre-Dental
Hometown - Poulsbo, WA
“I am so thankful to have been awarded this scholarship for something I pride myself on: volunteering.”
When you work with the community you already gain so much, but to be assisted with my 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, you will receive in return. Growing up I was so passionate about 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 the Unity Club, which is a club centered on the integration of those with and without disabilities. This year I have had the honor of holding the title of Miss West Sound 2016 where I am able to promote my personal platform, disability awareness and inclusion, and the national platforms, Children's Miracle Network, and STEM education. I also had the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Washington 2016 in July. I am an avid ballroom dancer and compete in the summer at the Seattle Star Ball, but I always make my education my first priority. My hard work in high school led me to rank fourth out of my senior class, graduating with both my diploma and an associate's degree. I just finished my junior year at WWU and am pursuing a BS in Biology with cellular and molecular emphasis, and a minor in Communication Studies. Each quarter I take at least two science courses with labs and have a GPA of 3.80. My determination for educational success, heart for service, hard work and passion in all that I do is what I believe resulted in my receiving this scholarship.
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 to do this. I hope to become a dentist or dental specialist, and having a career goal like this while 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 provides me with the motivation to do exceptionally 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, volunteer in my community, ballroom dance, spend time with friends and family, go on road trips, cuddle with my pug Daisy and RELAX!