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**2018 - 2019 Scholarship Winners

Marion Freeborn Undergraduate Scholarship

Shreya Kumar is majoring in bio-psychology with plans of becoming a psychiatrist. Along with her studies, she has been an intern in the Emergency Medicine Research Associate’s Program at the UCD Medical Center, as well as a trainer for the new class of research associates. In her letter of recommendation, it is stated, “She was selected as a trainer because she has proven knowledgeable of the research studies and shown an ability to interact compassionately with her peers.” She is a member of the Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative participating in free health clinics in Sacramento and has been appointed Social Justice Coordinator. She is a member of Trainor Lab focusing on neuroendocrinology of stress and mood disorders. In her spare time, and while maintaining a high GPA, she enjoys writing fiction and plans to minor in English.

Hana Bleicher Minsky is majoring in global disease biology and taking a minor in Spanish. She is interested in entering the medical field after graduation. She hopes to integrate her knowledge and skills gained from biology coursework into the medical field through research and critical thinking. As a member of Challah for Hunger, she is working towards reducing food insecurity locally and globally. Her work with the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program has provided her valuable insight into the workings of the UC Davis Medical Center’s emergency room and into the process of training new volunteers. Hana began volunteering with the Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic, a student-run clinic based in the Oak Park community of Sacramento, this past summer.

Kate Fizell Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship

Navpreet Gill is majoring in biological sciences and is a member of the University Honors Program. In her application essay, she speaks of her parents’ struggles in India, but also of learning from them the importance of hard work, perseverance, and compassion. She states: “they have taught me to be passionate and to keep the fire in my heart alive.” She has done this by being involved in many campus activities such as the Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative and has traveled to the Dominican Republic to participate in clinics through Global Medical Training. She maintains a high GPA as she continues her studies toward becoming a doctor.

Paris Dhillon is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology and plans to go onto medical school to become a physician and conduct research. She is a member of the University Honors Program. She has been involved with research through the Lee-Ping Wang group doing computational chemistry and has been an intern at Sutter Davis Hospital. She is also a server at Mikuni restaurant in Davis to help support her small family (a husband and 2 cats) and fund her education. When classroom studies overload her mind, she uses running as a time to appreciate nature, the environment, and to unwind. Her balance of studies and physical fitness seem to be working, as she is an outstanding student.

Marion Freeborn Re-Entry Scholarship

Heather van Buskirk is majoring in Sociology leading towards a Master’s in International Development. During her break in education from high school to UC Davis, she worked and helped her parents through their journeys with cancer and disability. She then spent 5 years as a volunteer in community development in southern Africa, gaining insight and inspiration from this experience. She is a member of the University Honors Program and excels in her coursework. Presently, while going to school and serving as a research assistant, she works as a legal assistant.

Carol Lee Coss Memorial Scholarship

Mira Fu-EnHuang is majoring in music and psychology with a minor in English. Her passions are in singing and writing young-adult novels. Mira has studied vocal performance for approximately ten years and has traveled with choirs to Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and Carnegie Hall. At school, she maintains a high GPA while writing novel drafts and making music through solo projects and music ensembles, including the Davis Chamber Choir, for which she acts as Assistant Music Director. Mira worked as a Resident Advisor in the dorms and is currently a Peer Advisor for the Music Department. She hopes to pursue a master’s in vocal performance.

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