Myah Kerbyson - Joe Zanca Scholarship Winner

It wasn't until my junior year of high school that I rekindled my love for learning. For the first semester, I had the incredible opportunity to intern with a local doctor and two nurses at a health clinic. To my surprise, I would not be answering phones or passively observing; instead, Dr. Shepard happily sat with me for 80 minutes every other day to answer any questions I could think of--it was a class structured entirely by me.

Patrick Mannion - New Hampshire Mensa Scholarship Winner

I don't know exactly when I knew I wanted to pursue medicine, but it has been a part of me since childhood. To explain my future, I need to explain how I came to where I am: My first exposure to the medical world was when I punctured my lip and needed 7 stitches. I was only 6 years old and the doctor walked me through the entire procedure. He even gave me a tiny mirror to hold so I could see what he was doing. It was fascinating.

Sharlene DeMeule - Karen Cooper Scholarship Winner

I was nineteen when my grandmother passed away. This incredible woman had raised me from the day I was born (my mother had died during childbirth). During her last years, the roles were reversed, I had to be her caregiver. It was not easy, but, it was the least I could do for her after all she had done for me. That is when I realized that the healthcare field is where I belonged.