2013 Members Scholarship winners
September 25, 2013 | Alliant Credit Union
Alliant recently selected five members to receive $2,000 each in this year’s Members Scholarship Program. They were among nearly 200 applicants evaluated on their academic performance, community involvement, personal goals and what Alliant means to them.
Ashton Evans of Alpharetta, GA, is a senior at the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. He is a leader in the Georgia Baptist Association of Nursing Students and active in several other nursing associations. He mentors a junior nursing student and has volunteered for organizations that help seniors and kids. As a fundraiser, he recently put on his walking shoes and crossed the finish line in the 5k AIDS Walk Atlanta.
“I plan to pursue a career as a critical care specialty nurse. By working in pediatrics and with adults, I intend to become well-rounded and highly specialized. Next, I plan to obtain a Master of Science in nursing and become a nurse anesthesiologist. Finally, I aspire to earn a doctorate of philosophy in nursing because I want to teach and share my experiences with future nursing candidates.”
Alexa DeRoo of Plainfield, IN, is a sophomore at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She is studying nursing. Active in Purdue’s student government, Nursing Students Without Borders, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters, she also serves as the assistant philanthropy chair for the Phi Mu Fraternity for Women. An expert lifeguard and swimming instructor, she works as an aquatics supervisor at an aquatic center.
“Volunteering has been a constant in my life and I want my nursing career to be in tandem with my humanitarian endeavors. I plan to earn a doctorate in nursing practice and then, hopefully, work with Doctors Without Borders. My ultimate goals are to raise a family, have my own nursing practice and, in the end, look back on my life knowing that I have made a difference.”
Kiera Maloney of Alameda, CA, is a freshman at Fordham University, in Bronx, NY. She plans to major in communications and media studies. A high school rowing and doubles tennis champ, her volunteer work has taken her to Senegal, Haiti, the Oki Ni So Kawa Indian Reservation in Montana, as well as New Orleans where she helped build houses and worked in inner-city schools after Hurricane Katrina.
“I challenge myself to take advantage of all my opportunities to best serve others. As a future communications professional, I want to change the messages the media sends to us. I believe that by filling the mainstream with positive messages, we can become better people and a stronger community.”
Allison Michaud of Houston, TX, is a second-year student at Houston Community College. She is earning an associate degree in teaching. She is a life member and leader in the Texas PTA, a leader of a Girl Scout troop and active in the philanthropic-focused First Junior Woman’s Club. She also serves on the boards of the Stratford High School choir and theater booster clubs.
“I’ve spent my entire adult life being a mom and working at Continental/United Airlines. A few years ago, I figured out what I want to be when I grow up: a high school counselor who can share the message that persistence pays off. No matter what obstacles life throws our way, we can achieve our childhood dreams – even if it takes a few decades longer than our original plan. I like to think that my struggles can help others cope with theirs.”
Corinne Shiu of Alameda, CA, is a freshman at the University of California in Berkeley. She plans to major in molecular and cell biology. A straight-A student through high school, she played flute and served as president of the student music boosters club, which raised $10,000 for the music program last year. Corinne has tutored students in a wide range of subjects and served as a Spanish translator at a local hospital.
“I plan to attend medical school and specialize in ophthalmology. My primary interest is cataracts, the leading cause of blindness. I want to research the molecular process in cataract development and someday develop a real cure or way to prevent its formation. Ultimately, my goal is to help others see the world as clearly as possible.”
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