A scholarship can change the course of an entire life. Many students wouldn’t be able to pursue college without financial assistance. Some give students opportunities to engage more meaningfully in campus life, study abroad or teach and lead others. Merit scholarships attract high-performing students who add to the university’s prestige and can put graduate school within reach for them.
Choosing what you’ll do for the rest of your life is no simple proposition. When Kameron Peyton arrived at the University of Arizona, he chose a major that complemented two postgraduate options: law school and medical school.
College is sometimes a serendipitous journey. Consider Manuel Felix. He graduated with degrees in political science and Spanish translation and interpretation, but today is a cyberrisk analyst in New York City.
A few weeks into living in Durham, North Carolina, Adriana Stohn is enjoying the region’s famed barbecue and hush puppies. But the Arizona native misses the distinctive toastiness of Tucson’s weather and the time she spent teaching girls in middle and high school to code.
Kelly Dorney learned an unexpected lesson while studying in Guatemala this summer.
“I have relatives who say, ‘We can’t believe we have a Ph.D. in the family,’” says Shyla Dogan. “And that shows their children something. It shows people who start where we did can do it.”
Justin Palacios came to the University of Arizona hoping to progress as a musician as he learned to become an engineer. What he didn’t anticipate was falling in love with fencing as a freshman.
In college, one great teacher can be a game-changer. That’s what James Losole learned as he built academic confidence.
Chardee Allee enjoys a career at the juncture of engineering and business. She takes full advantage of her STEM education, which included an active student life at the University of Arizona.
Carlos Chavez is a sophomore studying pre-business and social justice. He’s unsure where his career will take him, but knows he wants to help people. “I want to work every day to make a change in society,” he says.