PRAP scholarship recipients continue to set the world on fire with their academic achievements and involvement on their campuses and in their communities! Enjoy these updates from three prior scholarship winners.
Caroline Anderson: Kappa Delta – 2016 PNM Scholarship Recipient
What Are You Doing Now?
I am graduating “virtually” on May 23, from the University of Texas at Austin! I will be leaving with a B.S. in Chemistry, a UTeach composite science certificate, and a UTeach Maker micro-credential. I look forward to being a chemistry teacher for my career, however, next year I will first serve as a Catholic missionary for the Culture Project, which speaks in schools and churches about changing the culture of our society from one of use to one of authentic love. I will be placed on one of 5 teams in California, Ohio, or Pennsylvania, and I will be inviting people to serve as my mission partners, financially and prayerfully supporting me since they might not be in a position themselves to leave everything behind. As Pope John Paul II said, “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure!” I am so excited for what the future brings, and this makes leaving the university and people I love a bit easier.
As a member of Kappa Delta, I was the logistics head for recruitment my junior year and received the Alane Hall Recruitment Award for my efforts. I’ve also been involved in our Catholic Center, leading amazing women in Bible studies and formal discipleship! I had two wonderful opportunities to travel in college for a spring break pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy, and a summer two-week pilgrimage across Poland. Truly life-changing! This semester, I was student teaching in a Pre-AP/IB Chemistry class at Westwood HS in Round Rock, TX.
Emily Dworkin: Sigma Delta Tau – 2017 Active Scholarship Recipient
What Are You Doing Now?
I finished my undergraduate degree in December 2018, and stayed in Ann Arbor until Spring 2019 commencement. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology, Health, and Society with minors in Gender & Health and Modern European Studies. After graduation last May, I spent two amazing weeks in Israel on Birthright with one of my best friends from home. We had an unbelievable time, and I can't wait until I go back again!
I am now finishing my gap year before medical school and have been living at home in Plano. I applied to medical school and spent the fall on the interview circuit. I was admitted to a school in Texas and am waiting to hear back from a few others before I make my final decision. I am interested in pediatric internal medicine and possibly obtaining a dual degree - an MBA or Master in Public Health. In the meantime, I have been working as a medical scribe/medical assistant for a family medicine physician since last June. I have learned so much from my hands-on experiences and feel it has really helped me prepare for medical school. In my spare time, I have been volunteering as a BBYO chapter advisor for the same chapter I was in while in high school! Otherwise, I have been enjoying my time with my family and my dogs.
I served as Sigma Delta Tau's Scholarship Chair for the 2017 calendar year. I also was invited to be a part of the National Recruitment team and helped our chapter at Kansas with their Fall 2017 Recruitment. I was also awarded Order of the Lapis, Sigma Delta Tau's academic honor society. I then had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in London, England my junior spring semester in 2018. It was absolutely the best time of my life! While abroad I traveled all around the UK and Europe; it was a blast! I was invited to join Michigan's Phi Beta Kappa chapter my senior year.
Thank you again to PRAP for awarding me the scholarship a few years ago! I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Good luck to all girls going through recruitment this coming fall.
Brooke Benjamin: Kappa Alpha Theta – 2017 PNM Scholarship Recipient
What Are You Doing Now?
I am currently finishing up my junior year at Tulane University, with plans to graduate in May of 2021. I am a political science major, with a double minor in psychology and general business. I am also on the pre-medical track, with plans to attend medical school following graduation.
I am involved in Green Wave Ambassadors (Undergraduate Tour Guide Association), the Office of New Student and Leadership Programs, Honors Program, Tulane Peer Mentors, Tulane Neuroscience Association, and of course Kappa Alpha Theta! I served on the Member Development Committee for Theta, as well as the Matching Committee during 2019 and 2020 Recruitment.
In 2018 I served as a Wave Leader, which is similar to an orientation counselor. I advised a group of 20 freshman girls during orientation and Fall Welcome, helping them get acclimated to their new life at Tulane. Three of them became my sorority sisters! The next year, I took on a more administrative role during orientation as a member of the Board of Directors (a selective cohort of eight students who work with professional staff to plan and lead New Student Orientation for the incoming freshmen class). This has been my proudest accomplishment to date throughout my time at Tulane! I spent four weeks studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden during Summer 2018.
Internship, Work Experience and Research
I interned at Tulane Medical Center throughout the summer and fall of 2019. I served as an English tutor for adults who recently immigrated to the New Orleans area. I currently am an undergraduate assistant for a stem cell lab in the Department of Regenerative Medicine, which is part of the Tulane Brain Institute at the School of Medicine.
I conduct my own research through the Political Science Department, which has evolved into my Honors Thesis project! The focus of this project is the relationship between knowledge of mental health disorders and support for mental health policy. Identifying a correlation between these two factors would promote the development of targeted mental health education, ultimately leading to more effective public policy.
I am currently preparing for the MCAT, and I hope to earn my EMT certification by the end of the summer. After graduation, I will continue working in my lab, and as an EMT, with plans to matriculate to medical school the following year. As of now, I hope to specialize in either pediatric psychiatry or pediatric cardiology.
PRAP Scholarship Recipients - Where are they now?
Geneva Werner (on left): Alpha Phi - 2015 PNM Recipient
What are you doing now? I graduated from MIT in June 2019, and work at a consulting firm, Accenture, as a Strategy Analyst. I loved my time in Boston so much that I decided to stay post grad and continue my life in "Beantown!"
Community Involvement? I am a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, and I sit on the Alumni Board of Camp Kesem at MIT, a summer camp for kids whose lives have been affected by a parent's cancer
College Highlights? I graduated from MIT with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Minors in Theater Arts and Energy Studies. I joined Alpha Phi my freshman year and went on to serve as Community Service Chair and Summer House Manager. I worked in a couple of labs on campus studying cancer drug delivery mechanisms and outside of school I served as a director for Camp Kesem. My senior year I was able to travel to 10 countries! Singapore, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Canada, Costa Rica, Uganda, and The Netherlands.
Reagan Metz Lutter (on right): Alpha Phi - 2014 Sorority Active Recipient
What are you doing now? After teaching 8th grade science in Dallas ISD for two years with Teach For America, I am now in my second year of law school at the University of Houston Law Center and was selected to be the Editor in Chief of the Houston Law Review. I’m interning with Vinson & Elkins LLP over summer 2020 and have hopes to work for them after I graduate in May 2021. I got married in June 2018 to my college sweetheart, Michael Lutter.
Community involvement? I am a provisional member of the Junior League of Houston. I am also a Board Ambassador for a wonderful nonprofit headquartered in Plano called Mission Possible Kids. I have volunteered with MPK since I was a sophomore in college, so it's neat to serve as an ambassador for the Board of Directors.
College Highlights? My college experience at the University of Oklahoma was truly life changing, and it all started with me going through Panhellenic recruitment and joining Alpha Phi. During high school I was shy and a little insecure in my abilities as a leader and sometimes lost out on leadership opportunities to girls who had more confidence than I did. Alpha Phi could have easily written me off based on my high school resume, but they invested in me, and I went on to become a leader in multiple campus organizations, including Alpha Phi, The Oklahoma Group (a student-run consulting organization that helps OKC-area nonprofits), Camp Crimson (freshman orientation camp), Green Week (a week-long event that raises awareness about how students can live more environmentally sustainable lives), and more. I met my very best friends at OU, and seven of them were bridesmaids in my wedding. I also had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for a geography professor named Professor Fred Shelley, with whom I co-authored and published a book called "The Geography of Trafficking." I graduated OU a full year early, so there's always a part of me that will wish I had a little more time there, but I am grateful for the time that I did have at OU and for the PRAP scholarship that helped me get there!
PRAP Scholarship Recipients - Where Are They Now??
Our scholarship winners are out conquering the world! Check back each month for this new feature column where we will highlight some of our honorees and update you on their activities and achievements.
2018 High School Scholarship Recipient
Sydney graduated from Plano West in 2018 and is now a sophomore at Texas Tech University. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta where she has served as Counting Education Chairman and Panhellenic Delegate. She is a student ambassador with President’s Select and Director of Junior Panhellenic. She has made the President’s List every semester and was named a Top Ten Freshman by Mortar Board. As a Tech Athletic Ambassador, Sydney has been head game day intern for men’s tennis, women’s soccer and track and field. She’s pursuing a Marketing and Management degree in the Rawls College of Business with a certificate in International Business. Sydney is looking forward to studying abroad in Italy this summer!
2016 High School Scholarship Recipient
Emily is a 2016 graduate of Plano West and is now a senior at Texas Tech University. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and was Director of Recruitment for Tech Panhellenic. She was named a Top 50 Senior by Mortar Board. Emily is an ambassador through President’s Select where she recruits prospective students to serve the Offices of the President, Admissions, and Athletics. She has been awarded merit scholarships by Kappa Kappa Gamma, Texas Tech College Panhellenic, and Texas Tech University. Email is a Human Development and Family Studies major and will graduate Summa Cum Laude in May. She has been accepted into law school and is finalizing her decision as to which school she will head to in the fall.
We are proud to have these two outstanding young women representing PRAP on the Red Raider campus!