Alice C., 18 – FUNDED

Alice C. will be attending Harvard University this fall, where she is planning to study Neuroscience and Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. After she graduates, this 1,000 Dreams Fund Scholarship winner is thinking about attending medical school but she is also wisely staying open-minded and exploring other interesting fields, as well. “Who knows if my interests and goals will change!” she says.

What is your professional dream?

My dream is to advocate for health equity and accessibility. I hope to become a physician and open clinics to provide accessible healthcare to historically marginalized communities. I will be serving others and solving critical issues while being an empathetic ally to the vulnerable.

How will you use the 1,000 Dreams Scholarship?

I will use the scholarship to cover college-related expenses.

How is this scholarship helping you get closer to your dream?

This scholarship will allow me to focus on my academic studies without having to worry about financial barriers. It alleviates my family’s burdens to afford a college education and helps me to access opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

What advice do you have for other young women who are wanting to pursue their dreams?

DREAM BIG!!! You are capable of anything you put your mind to and DON’T let others tell you otherwise. There are so many obstacles to overcome but your potential to break the ceilings and inspire future generations is a special gift. The universe will guide you. So believe in your inner girl power because you can make a difference in the world with your dreams and talents. I will forever be your #1 fan for all the incredible work you’re meant to do, no matter how small or big the accomplishments are! 😉

​Have you had any setbacks? How did you move past them?

I have struggled with the English language when I first arrived in the United States at a young age. It was a challenge for me to adjust to a new environment, especially being the only Asian American at school and in our neighborhood. As I grew up, I started to work alongside my parents with their work and was inspired by their continuous resilience and efforts to provide a home and education.

My setbacks are often opportunities to help me grow stronger and I have my parents to thank for this positive attitude. Now, I am able to support them and other immigrant families to navigate unfamiliarity and move through their shared struggles.

What’s next for you? What is your next goal?

As I start my college journey, I hope to focus on personal growth and discovery and allow myself to learn from the many amazing people I will encounter. My goal is to continue to make positive impacts in my community and reflect on ways I can use my education to help people in need.