- 2012 Wilkins/Duigan Family High Hopes Scholarship recipient
- University of California, Irvine
Although my parents had little to ay about coursework or curriculum, their influence helped me discover the path forward. My teacher’s death further inspired me to pursued my passion for medicine. Growing up in Berkeley has also spurred my interest in politics and issues around the world, and so I am torn between a medical career and a career in International Relations. In either case, in order to effectively help others, I need to attain the highest level of education possible. Going to college will allow me to pursue subjects that are interesting to me, and not because I need to satisfy the expectations of others. It will give me an opportunity to further discover my identity not only as an individual but also as someone who can give back to my community and family. Because I will be the first person in my family to go to college, education holds a special place in my heart.
"Nancy was an absolute light in my class. She proved to be an effective group leader; she was empathetic to the needs of others in her group who were slower to understand the material covered and always willing to help them. Her ability to show up every day with new enthusiasm and eagerness amazed me daily. When I think of Nancy, the words diligent, introspective, talented and original come to mind.”
Teacher, Berkeley High School