Good Samaritan Scholarship Winners

2021 Winner – Alyssa Oliver

“My name is Alyssa Oliver and I’m from La Habra, California. I’m currently studying Human and Health Sciences at the University of Southern California with the intention of becoming a Physician Associate. I discovered my passion for medicine during my time as a volunteer at my local hospital where I saw firsthand how much of an impact health care professionals can have on someone’s life. Being chosen as this year’s Good Samaritan Scholarship recipient is truly an honor and I am so deeply appreciative of the support this scholarship provides.”

Reaction Statement: “I couldn’t believe what I had just read when I opened the email! I immediately called my family after I received the news. We were beyond thrilled and thankful for the financial support the Good Samaritan Scholarship would bring me. As a first generation student, navigating the college world has been difficult, especially the realm of financial aid. Receiving this scholarship allows me to further my education and become steps closer to achieving my career goals. With that being said, I am very grateful for your generosity.”

2020 Winner – Allyson Bunch

“My name is Allyson Bunch and I am from Broomfield, Colorado! I am a senior at Legacy High School, and am honored to be attending Stanford University this coming fall. I am beyond grateful to be the Connecticut Domestic Violence Information Center Good Samaritan Scholarship 2020 recipient, and I cannot express enough gratitude for the financial help the scholarship brings my family and me.”

Reaction Statement: “When I first got the email, I was shocked! I called my mom to tell her the good news, and we discussed how much the scholarship would help. Receiving the scholarship is definitely a highlight of my year, and I feel so blessed to be chosen for this honor.”

2019 Winner: Grace Gehlken

Grace Gehlken is a student at Wofford college where she is planning to double major in Spanish and Finance. She realized her love of serving children while working with the LAMB institute in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. As a result, she strives to be an agent for change through researching and supporting sustainable poverty alleviation solutions. Currently, Grace is acting as Ambassador Program Coordinator for the social venture She’s Here. Combining efforts to educate girls in Sub-Saharan Africa about menstrual health and economically empowering Massai Women, She’s Here operates by selling handcrafted beaded bracelets for $10 that boldly state She’s Here.

Reaction statement: “I am so honored to be receiving the Good Samaritan Scholarship, and I am grateful for the generous financial support that will allow me the opportunity to pursue both my educational and extracurricular dreams. From a young age I have always been taught to live by the phrase “to whom much is given much is expected,” and this has fueled my passions to advocate for causes that I believe in. I am so excited to continue volunteering with the LAMB Institute and the She’s Here Campaign as I continue my education journey at Wofford.”

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