For Biopsychology major Sailee Teredesai, receiving scholarships has signified more than just financial relief. Being a recipient of both the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship and the Cincinnatus Scholarship has had an immense impact on Sailee's life. “I have been able to grow in so many ways - socially, emotionally, mentally - so the benefits have not just been financial for me,” she says.
For many UC students, a positive and memorable college experience usually includes some campus involvement. But getting involved may be impossible for some as they struggle to pay bills while balancing school, work and family.
As a sophomore at UC, Sailee views her scholarships as fundamental in her ability to be so involved in campus activities. “I don’t have a lot of the worries other students are going through. I don’t have to think about (my finances) as much as other students when I have my scholarships to rely on.”
Sailee is currently running for student body vice president, and is also very active in the Psychology Club, a co-ed honors fraternity, UC’s Asian-American Student Association, the UC Honors Association and the UC International Dance Team. She has performed at UC’s annual multicultural event, Worldfest, in addition to several talent shows and Indian festivals on campus. She is an Ethnic Programs and Services student worker, and has previously interned with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).
Through her many activities and the cooperative nature of her program, Sailee says she has gained invaluable experience and has made friends for life. “Because of my scholarships, I am able to do more and participate in more things on campus. It made my experience at UC more fun, and for that, I am so thankful.”
Sailee truly appreciates those who have given back and enabled her to succeed. “Scholarships like the ones I received are so important because they recognize students who have that academic drive and aren’t just in school to mess around.”
After graduation Sailee plans to either go abroad or do some community service in Cincinnati. She is also contemplating immediately enrolling in grad school, as her ultimate goal is to earn a PhD.
“Once you graduate, make sure you give back,” Sailee advises her fellow classmates. “Give back to those programs that helped you get to where you are today. I just love Darwin T. Turner, and I am already planning to give back to the program once I graduate.”