Ortho Dermatologics, a division of Bausch Health Companies, has announced the 2018 honorees of its Aspire Higher program, which since 2013 has granted more than $450,000 in scholarships to students who have been affected by dermatologic conditions. This year nine students will receive scholarships of $10,000 each to pursue graduate or undergraduate degrees at an accredited, nonprofit, two- or four-year college, university, or advanced (post-high school) vocational or technical school.
The 2018 Aspire Higher recipients were selected from nearly 1,200 applicants, based in part on essays sharing their experiences living with a dermatologic condition, as well as the role that a dermatologist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner has played in helping treat it. The program recognizes students at varying stages of their educational careers through scholarships in three categories, including the Undergraduate Scholar Awards for those pursuing undergraduate degrees, the Graduate Scholar Awards for those pursuing graduate degrees, and the Today’s Woman Scholar Awards for mothers pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. The honorees include:
Undergraduate Scholar Award
- Jayla Chanel Davis, Alabaster, AL – University of South Alabama
- Daisy Pena, San Jose, CA – California State University Long Beach
- Mary Margaret Jordan, Melissa, TX – Baylor University
Graduate Scholar Award
- Zoe Smith, Ferndale, MI – Wayne State School of Medicine
- Niki Vora, Buena Park, CA – UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program
- Caitlin Parker, Taylorsville, UT – Roseman University of Health Sciences, College of Dental Medicine
Today's Woman Scholar Award
- Laura Lukens, Evanston, IL – Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
- Elizabeth Hendrix, Holladay, UT – University of Utah
- Jennifer Hurley, Hammonton, NJ – Fairleigh Dickinson University
“At Ortho Dermatologics, we understand that there is more to skin conditions than what meets the eye, and managing them often comes with challenges. We’re proud to continue the Aspire Higher program to help students who have faced such challenges reach their educational goals, while also recognizing the positive impact dermatologists have had on their lives,” said Bill Humphries, president of Ortho Dermatologics.
The 2019 Aspire Higher scholarship program will begin accepting applications in early 2019. To learn more, visit www.aspirehigherscholarships.com.