Scholarship Recipients Finding Success in Their Chosen Careers
Sameer Sheth, class of 2003, was accepted to Yale University in New Haven. “The scholarship from the Foundation helped me afford my education, the money augmented my tuition and allowed me to finish my undergraduate study in 2007 with no debt”, says Sameer.
Sameer’s major in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology directed him toward the field of medicine; his Senior Thesis focused on research in the field of pediatric heart disease. But Sameer wanted to move away from the laboratory environment, so in 2009 he enrolled in the Yale School of Medicine
In the year between graduation and starting medical school, Sameer traveled to India, where he was part of a team that provided free health care, with a focus on working with EMT doctors. This experience in the field convinced him his future was not in the laboratory. Today, he is concentrating on internal medicine, treating patients and achieving outcomes. “A very satisfying part of my study is working with patients at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital in West Haven”
When Kim Moler, class of 2005, headed to Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, her intention was to become an Air Traffic Controller. “My Dad owns and flies a private plane, and from middle school on he said I’d make a great controller”, Kim remembers. “I had to come up with money for school myself, so the scholarship from the Foundation just made it easier for me to manage tuition and other costs. Kim flew right through her classes at Embry- Riddle, getting her Degree in three instead of four years.
But her climb to a job in the control tower took a sharp turn. “I had an opportunity to use my degree in private industry,” she says, “so I joined Northup Grumman in a job supporting the FAA Air Traffic Controller organization.” Kim is currently a systems engineer doing instructional work, and designing training courses for air traffic maintenance personnel. Her Dad was right, only the best get to train others.