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Scholarship Leads To Important Mission

SIU student scholarship recipient Stella Uzoewulu 

Stella Uzoewulu, a sophomore pre-medicine student specializing in physiology, plans to become a pediatrician. “I came to Southern Illinois University because it had an amazing science and research program. I knew that SIU would be able to prepare me for medical school, and for life after college,” she said.

Uzoewulu is a two-time recipient of the Pi Kappa Sigma Memorial Alumnae Scholarship.

“I felt incredibly honored to receive this scholarship, because any money that can help me further my education is greatly appreciated by me and my family,” she said.

Receiving monetary assistance has made life a little easier for both Uzoewulu and her mother, who is a single parent.

“I was always taught from an early age that money was important, but always scarce,” Uzoewulu said. “With this scholarship, my mother now has one less thing to worry about and can relax a little.

“This scholarship shows me that, through hard work and dedication, you can achieve your goals. It has also enabled me to remain at SIU, and has further encouraged me to never give up on my goals.”

The dream of becoming a pediatrician is personal for Uzoewulu. She hopes to work with families in low-income areas to help ensure children have access to the health care they need.

“I would love to thank everyone who has made this scholarship possible,” she said. “It is an honor to be given this scholarship. My family and I are very grateful.”

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