How has your scholarship changed your life?

How has your scholarship changed your life?

October 18, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


[Dr. Marvin Hoffman] My first question to you would be what brought you to the University of Rochester? [David Powell] My parents didn’t go to college. During my white ceremony Dr. Hoffman had actually met me in person. He
reaffirmed my decision coming here because Rochester has a huge sense of
community. [Lila Balistrieri] I feel like I’m completely able to embrace self-discovery.
Everything from bio and chem labs to anthropology and philosophy classes. [Josh Bullock] What drew me to Eastman? I thought the environment here at Eastman was very, very welcoming. [ Gwendolyn Goodman] My
favorite thing would be the healthy competition because I know a lot of
other schools it’s just really cutthroat. [Alyssa Carrizales] Well, there are two things that drew me to the Simon school and that was the people and the analytical program.
Everybody was super encouraging and just you could see the mission and drive
from everybody. So I knew I wanted to be in that world. [Brett Crandall] What made you
want to possibly pursue a career in school counseling? [La’Ron White] I saw how important it
was to be able to reach students on a holistic level. A lot of our youth don’t
have many people that they can trust or people that I believe in them. [Richard Killmer] Knowing
the challenges in our profession, why would anyone want to go to a music
school and study the oboe? [Alexandra Lynch] I love the opportunity to create art and I can’t
imagine myself doing anything else. [Prof. Killmer] It’s like a virus I think. We catch it and we can’t get rid of it we must play music. [Savannah Morehouse] One thing that put medicine in my mind from a very young age was my grandmother. She was always this
incredible caring presence. If I was able to convey that to those
patients in addition to providing care, I just thought that that was the best impact that I could make. [Barbara Simms] I was amazed what I saw when I actually experienced
the team approach being in the hospital with a very close friend for a good
month last year. And that’s why I decided to have a scholarship for both nursing and
medical students. [Tianna Negron] I love that they put the care of the patient at the forefront.
I think humanism in medicine is super important. [Lauren] You really become a
family with your class and with my professors, and I just think that it
enhances the collaborative environment and I know that these people will be in
my life forever. [Josh] Mr. Killmer why did you start a scholarship and Eastman? [Prof. Killmer] It started with the scholarship in my father’s name. I put myself through
school making oboe reeds at 22 and a half cents of reed is what I got paid. That’s why
I made a hundred at a time. And I realized how important that education
was for me. If I’m able to help young people and families, it seemed obvious that if I’m able to do that, I really must do it. [Stephanie Parmeter] I wouldn’t have been
able to afford going to this school otherwise. So I think the big difference
is that I was able to go to my dream school. Your support has made that
possible. [Dr. Hoffman] I got as much out of it or more than I put in. And again, it’s been a
real major part of my life has been the scholarship. [Devins Panton] I always knew that I wanted
something a little bit more than what I was doing, but an MBA did not even cross
my mind because of the expense. Without Lance and Hope’s generosity, I
just would not be at Simon or any business school as a matter of fact. [Alyssa] It
does come with a certain responsibility to one, give back later, but also to lead
and the program that we’re in right now and to make sure that we’re taking full
advantage of the time because it’s been gifted to us. [La’Ron] In a sense, they had a
belief or trust and confidence that I would use their money to do something
that they believed in, so that’s a great honor for me. [Brett] And it gave you an opportunity and you’ve made most of that opportunity. [La’Ron] I’m trying. [Brandon] I remember the day that I got
the scholarship, I burst into tears I have never felt such a big
relief off my shoulders. It just means that like someone believes in me. [Arantza Romero] Yeah, I cried too. [laughter] [Elisabeth Rott] I never
thought that I would be this blessed or fortunate, and Rich and Martha, just
their emotional and financial support is just incredible. [Bri Terrell] The reality for probably all of us was like, no scholarship, no college. You know? So asking what the
scholarship means is also asking like “wow, what does it mean to have an entire
college education and the future?” [Cherine Ghouzani] Hashtag grateful. [laughter] [Brett] It’s always nice to see former students first, be successful and second, come back and impact where you
came from. [La’Ron] You know that the kids can do so much better than they show. And I
think it was great that you picked the right program for me to allow me to
blossom into the person I am today. [Barbara] Hearing from the both you, it just confirms what I’m doing is the right thing in my heart and I will be there
for you both. [Tianna] It means the world. It really does. You’ve made a huge difference in my life and I know that, it’s really special.
[Cherine] This scholarship enabled me not only to come to the US, but also come to my dream school. [Benjamin Moskoff] It’s made my MBA possible, my dream to come to the US, and to make an
impact. [Richard Chen] It’s really helped shape the way I approach healthcare. [Brian Stewart] It shows that there’s
people out there who care about educating the next generation. [Andrew Thankson] I have met
great and amazing people. People from all over the world. [Prerana Bhattacharya] It’s allowed me to pursue
my passions. [Shah Choudury] When I think back that somebody has done this for me, I want
to pay it forward. [Arantza] It has allowed me to not just think about myself and my
future, but my global impact.