As a first-year medical student at UC, Seretha Ransom is an unlikely doctor-to-be. No one in her family works in medicine; and most of her extended family did not even to go college. She says she has just always known that’s what she wanted to do. “I’ve always liked science, but I also like to interact with people—medicine combines the two.”
Though both of her parents have been relatively successful in their chosen careers - her father works with computers and her mom in insurance - they are unable to help Seretha pay for medical school. But, Seretha says, “Scholarships change people’s lives, and I’m a perfect example of that.”
Seretha recently received the College of Medicine’s Class of 1958 Scholarship which now provides her $5,000 each year for four years, totaling $20,000 in scholarship funds toward her tuition. Since she was planning on working to pay for medical school herself, Seretha says receiving the scholarship has allowed her to focus more on her studies.
“I think a lot of people who want to go to medical school or college think it isn’t possible because of money. Scholarships have really helped relieve my financial stress and have freed up my time so I can work harder in school.”