Sara LalaniLana A. Culpepper UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment
I’m a freshman Biochemistry major from Spring, Texas. Throughout my high school years at Klein Collins, I was involved in several clubs such as National Honor Society, Key Club, HOSA, Academic Integrity Committee, and Student Council and I hope to be just as involved in campus activities and service events. Although its only my first semester, I’m glad that I chose to spend the next four years of my life at the University of Houston. It has the energy and enthusiasm of a large campus but as an honors student and Tier One Scholar, it also provides the personal interaction of a small liberal arts school. In my spare time, I love to travel, bake, take on new opportunities and challenges, and spend time with my family.
Campus and Community Involvement
I’m very passionate about volunteering and spent a large portion of my free time in high school mentoring and going to service events for several different clubs. During my freshman year, I’ve joined Alpha Epsilon Delta, Collegiate Cancer Society, Invisible Children, and the Metropolitan Volunteer Program.
Awards and Honors
In high school, I received the Bronze Presidential Service award and placed in several State and National Competitions for Health Occupations Students of America. In addition to the Tier One Scholarship, I also received the Houston Endowment Scholarship, a scholarship from the honors college, and a scholarship from the department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
I’m considering minoring in Spanish and will begin taking Spanish classes next year. The study abroad portion of the Tier One scholarship offers an exciting opportunity to enhance my experience at the University of Houston by extending my education outside the classroom walls and learning about other cultures. I’m interested in traveling to Spain or any other European countries before I graduate.
Within the following semester, I plan on participating in a research project with faculty from the health and human performance or psychology departments. I hope to make research an integral part of my undergraduate experience at the University of Houston and continue doing research throughout my educational career.
After completing my bachelor’s degree, I’m planning on attending medical school to pursue an M.D. with a global health or international track. Ultimately, I would like to work in the field of public health and provide care in underserved areas both domestically and abroad.