Q: Why did you choose to apply for the National Merit Scholarship program through PPG? How did you learn about the PPG Foundation scholarship program?
A: I chose to apply for the National Merit Scholarship program through PPG because of the unique opportunity and eligibility available to children of PPG employees. I heard about the scholarship program through one of my parents who is an employee.
Q: If you could change one thing you did during the application process, what would it be and why?
A: If I could change one thing about the application process, I would have spent even more time preparing for the PSAT, which was an important aspect in qualifying for the scholarship program.
Q: What advice do you have for future students who are applying?
A: My advice for future applicants would be to prepare well for the PSAT and continue maintaining a good work ethic in classes and extracurricular activities.
Q: Tell us the college you attended/are attending, the degree(s) you earned/are earning and your major(s).
A: I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) while majoring in Bioengineering and minoring in Asian American Studies.
Q: Please describe any internships or co-ops that enriched your college experience. How have these opportunities affected you/your career plans?
A: I have been involved in a volunteer internship program at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center, where I assist in various departments helping with patient needs, following nurses’ orders, and learning about the behind-the-scenes administration of a hospital setting. This program has given me exposure to various aspects of health care and valuable opportunities to interact with patients, further solidifying my future career aspirations to work in the medical field.
Q: Now that you have graduated/are graduating soon, what are your plans for the
A: As I enter my Junior year of college, I hope to apply to medical school within the next year with the future goal of attending medical school and ultimately becoming a physician.
Q: What led you to your selected field of study? What impact do you hope to have in your field?
A: I chose to study Bioengineering during college due to its unique interdisciplinary approach of applying engineering principles to improve health technologies and further advance the field of medicine. I am interested in the breadth of topics that Bioengineering covers and have enjoyed learning about how the field is constantly evolving health care. I hope to take the problem-solving skills I’ve learned from my engineering classes as well as the technical and teamwork skills I’ve gained as an undergraduate research assistant and incorporate this knowledge into my future career to make an impact in patients’ lives by providing them with high quality care.
Q: How did receiving this scholarship through the PPG Foundation assist/enhance/impact your college experience?
A: Receiving this scholarship through the PPG Foundation set me up for success and provided me with confidence in achieving the goals I have hoped to accomplish throughout college.
Q: Did you have the opportunity to meet with someone from PPG upon receiving the
award? Did this have an influence on your chosen field of study?
A: I had the opportunity of meeting several employees and their families during the award ceremony luncheon upon receiving the scholarship. The groundbreaking innovations and advancements PPG employees contribute to their field further inspired me to study science and engineering in college.
Q: What did this scholarship mean to you? Did it lead to any special opportunities?
A: Receiving this scholarship was an honor and meaningful because it showed me the extent to which PPG cares about its community and the success of future generations of its employees. In addition to recognizing our past achievements, this scholarship shows that PPG remains an integral part of our future accomplishments by continuing to provide support throughout our education.
Q: What advice do you have for future students competing in this scholarship program (related to either the scholarship process or the general college experience)?
A: My advice to future students of the scholarship program would be to continue working hard throughout college while encouraging yourself to try something new you find interesting— it might just end up opening the door to many opportunities down the road.