KCI is pleased to announce that the 2018 Sons & Daughters Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to eight students. The program offers children of KCI’s employees the opportunity to receive $2,500 towards the cost of their education.
The eight awardees were selected from 34 applicants companywide. The selection criteria includes academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors and accolades, work experience, and educational and career goals.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s scholarship:
|Rosemond Benn, 19, daughter of Alan Benn (Construction Management)
Rosemond is starting her junior year at the University of Delaware where she is studying biology with a focus in pre-veterinary medicine and animal bioscience. Rosemond’s long-term goal is to obtain a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and open her own animal hospital and rescue, something she has already begun preparing for by working and volunteering in several local animal rescues. This is her second consecutive year being awarded a scholarship.
|Madison Cole, 19, daughter of Randy Cole (Water Resources)
Madison is entering her junior year at Washington College where she is studying behavioral neuroscience. This past summer, she interned at the Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research where she conducted hands-on research in a competitive program. Dedicated to her studies, Madison is a member of the Psi Chi International Honor Society. She plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience after obtaining her bachelor’s degree.
|Megan Cullison, 20, daughter of Rob Cullison (Safety/Procurement)
Megan is entering her senior year at Widener University where she is studying civil engineering. After graduation she plans on pursuing a career in construction management, which she has begun to prepare for by spending two summers interning with KCI’s Construction Management Discipline. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she plans on obtaining a master’s degree in business or construction management. Megan is a three-time scholarship recipient.
|Claire Elliott, 18, daughter of Preston Elliott (Transportation)
Claire is looking forward to beginning her freshman year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she will be studying immunology. She excels both in and out of the classroom as she was a member of the Spanish and National Honor societies and has worked in nursing homes and also with Threads of Care, an organization focused on helping teens in need. Claire is passionate about improving healthcare for individuals and hopes to pursue a career in medicine.
|Samantha Hartless, 20, daughter of Mike Hartless (Communications Infrastructure)
Samantha is entering her senior year at the University of Alabama where she will soon earn her bachelor’s degree in political science. This past summer, Samantha stayed on campus so she could take prep courses for entering law school this fall. Her career goals are driven by a desire to become a federal agent. She is also an active member in the community and has volunteered with different churches and Connor’Smiles, a 5k/10k fundraiser that raises awareness for drowning prevention.
|Julia Huston, 18, daughter of Jay Huston (Construction Management)
Julia is starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia where she will major in commerce. In high school, she served as the CEO of a student-run start-up business, VB Pockets, which created cell phone pockets, and she was also the first female speaker at Junior Achievement’s Hampton Roads Business Hall of Fame Induction event. Julia hopes to become an entrepreneur in the marketing or public relations field after completing her degree.
|Natalie Kassir, 19, daughter of Tim Kassir (Highway Traffic)
Natalie is looking forward to starting her sophomore year at Towson University where she is majoring in exercise science. Being an athlete, she has experienced injuries since childhood, and the care that she experienced from physical therapists inspired her to follow that path. Once her bachelor’s degree is complete, Natalie plans to pursue post graduate studies in physical therapy at the University of Maryland. This is Natalie’s second consecutive year receiving the scholarship award.
|Andrea Mullin, 21, daughter of Arch Noha (Communications Infrastructure)
Andrea is entering her senior year at the University of South Carolina where she studies public health. She spent a year volunteering in shock trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center and another year at the Palmetto Health Richland hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. For the past few months, Andrea has been studying tirelessly for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) with a goal of attending medical school following graduation.
Congratulations to all the recipients and applicants who are continuing to fuel personal growth through education.