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2012 Scholars

Valeriya Korchina

Valeriya Korchina

Classification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2016
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biology
High School: Michael E DeBakey High School
Hometown: Kharkiv, Ukraine

About Me

When I was applying for the Tier One Scholarship, I presented myself as someone with lots of interests, and that is spot on. My interests range across all fields; they are diverging, contradicting, and stem from every place imaginable. Coming here from the Ukraine at a young age, I learned early on to appreciate that different people and different cultures can change your whole outlook on life, and for the better. I love experiencing those differences and finding new ones.

Campus and Community Involvement

I have been lucky to be a part of many organizations whose activities and participation in our community has inspired me time and time again. While taking on the roles of Special Events Committee and Vice President of the American Red Cross chapter at my school, I helped raise funds for Japan in their time of need, organized two blood drives a year for two local blood banks, and helped collect supplies for our troops overseas. I have also volunteered in various settings, such as the Memorial Hermann Hospital, International Festivals, and different local events benefitting the community.

Awards and Honors

During my time in school, I received academic awards such as the Dean's Award in my freshman year and AP Scholar with Distinction after my senior year. I also competed through HOSA and BETA clubs at my high school. In addition to the Tier One Scholarship, I am a participant of the Houston Premedical Program.

Study Abroad

After taking three years of Spanish in high school, I would enjoy having the opportunity to further my acquired skills. However, I am also very interested in traveling to Europe to take advantage of the opportunities they have to offer in their advancing scientific and medical fields.


As much as lab research is important and relevant to me, I am also very interested in research outside of the lab environment. I would love to work in research focused on practical application of new medical advancements and technology.

Future Endeavors

I hope to pursue an MD at Baylor College of Medicine.