KCI is pleased to announce that the 2019 Sons & Daughters Scholarships Program has awarded scholarships to eight students. The program offers children of KCI’s employees the opportunity to receive $2,500 to put towards the cost of their education.
The eight awardees were selected from 22 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 scholarships:
Rosemond Benn, 20, daughter of Alan Benn (Construction Management)
In her senior year at the University of Delaware, Rosemond is working towards her degree in pre-veterinary medicine and animal bioscience, with a minor in biological sciences. She plans to volunteer and intern throughout the remainder of her college career, then move on to veterinary school to obtain a doctorate in veterinary medicine and eventually open her own vet clinic and rescue. This is her third consecutive year being awarded a scholarship.
Madison Cole, 20, daughter of Randy Cole (Water Resources)
Madison is entering her senior year at Washington College where she is studying behavioral neuroscience. Last summer, she was selected for a full-time internship to assist in research for spinal muscular atrophy. Once she graduates with her bachelor’s degree, she plans to continue in a doctorate program in addition to pursuing the FBI Honors Internship in the summer of 2020, with the intent to become an agent in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. This is her second consecutive year being awarded a scholarship.
Carly Fitz Morris, 18, daughter of Jim Fitz Morris (Contractor Support Services)
Carly will begin her freshman year at Clemson University and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. With plans to continue in a master’s program following graduation, she hopes to work directly with disabled children and design prosthetics as well as help the community through mission trips, Special Olympics events and Victory Sports activities.
Rebecca Helensky, 18, daughter of Mike Helensky (Communications Infrastructure)
Rebecca will be a sophomore at Salisbury University pursuing a degree in biology. After being introduced to genetics through STEM programs and a personal experience with a family member, she plans to earn a graduate degree and have a career in scientific research to develop solutions for genetic diseases.
Natalie Kassir, 20, daughter of Tim Kassir (Highway Traffic)
Natalie is beginning her junior year at Towson University, studying exercise science. She has been an avid athlete her entire life and her experience with physical therapy inspired her to pursue this career path. After graduating, she wishes to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to earn a doctorate degree in physical therapy and make a lasting contribution to the health and well-being of others. This is Natalie’s third consecutive year receiving the scholarship award.
Kalie Nuss, 18, daughter of Robert Nuss (Highway Traffic)
Kalie will enter her freshman year at Liberty University to study a dual major of mathematics and biopsychology. After earning a place in her high school’s Hall of Fame for mathematics, she decided to turn her sights on either becoming a mathematics teacher or a neuropsychologist in the future.
Michael Passarella, 26, son of Meredith Passarella (Power)
Michael is starting his junior year at Drexel University and plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in construction management. Inspired by the struggles of impoverished communities in other countries, he believes in making a difference through infrastructure reform. Michael’s goal is to volunteer his time with a church or non-profit organization to build homes in areas that need construction assistance.
Brenna Walsh, 17, daughter of John Walsh (Power)
Brenna will begin her freshman year at North Carolina State University College of Engineering with the hopes of one day becoming an anesthesiologist or robotic surgeon. To achieve her career aspirations, she plans to combine her engineering perspective with a medical degree and has her eyes set on attending Wake Forest University.
Congratulations to all the recipients and applicants who are continuing to fuel personal growth through education.