Top Row, left to right: Ruby Valle, Arisa Chue, Heavyn Jennings
Bottom Row, left to right: Aaron Lewis, Taylor Hall, Francisca Fernandez
The Lamber Goodnow legal team at Fennemore is proud to announce the 2021 winners of the Lamber Goodnow Education Scholarships!
College Scholarships Two for $1,000 each
Currently a freshman at Temple University, Lewis describes himself as an innovator, human longevity enthusiast and scientific researcher. Last summer, he worked on an Alzheimer’s project doing preliminary single-cell genomic analysis. The specific project was to create an Alzheimer’s diagnostic based on the blood. Current Alzheimer’s biological diagnostics are PET Scans which can cost $4,000 out-of-pocket. A blood-based diagnostic would be cheaper and more accessible. The group Lewis did research with found a potential biomarker that could be detected in the blood called SNORDs (small nucleolar RNAs).
Lewis’ goal is to continue down the research pathway and obtain a Ph.D. in Biology. Ultimately, he hopes to run his own research lab as a Principal Investigator dedicated to understanding and ameliorating the human aging process.
Arisa Chue is currently a freshman at Stanford University, studying Computer Science. From the first time she stopped by her high school ASL club, she was fascinated by this unique form of expression—the gestures, postures, and facial expressions all complemented one another to deliver a message. That’s how she became attracted to natural language processing (NLP): connecting humans, machines, and languages through computational methods. At George Mason University, she created an ASL recognition device with graduate student mentors.
Studying new algorithms has opened Chue’s eyes to NLP’s boundary-breaking power. She’s excited that her code can bring us closer to machines that think, reason, and communicate. If she learns enough about algorithms that can analyze human language, she can work on the Alexas and the Google Searches of tomorrow—applying the entirety of her knowledge, experience, and passion to building computers that can better interpret and understand us. As Chue learns more about CS and linguistics, she hopes to one day join the cycle of humans improving machines and in turn, enhancing our quality of life.
Nursing Scholarship One for $1,000
Heavyn Jennings recently started the Emory University Nell Hodgson School of Nursing. Her interest in nursing came from observations of healthcare disparities – globally and locally. One summer, she shadowed staff in the NICU at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The ratio of babies to nurses was no more than 1:2. Juxtaposed against this environment was a NICU in Arusha, Tanzania where she watched a baby with a cleft palate pass away after only three hours of life. When the baby was born, the nurses did everything they could. They gave him oxygen and a feeding tube, but they soon knew he would not survive. It was palliative care. The ratio of nurses to babies was at least 1:8 with over 25 babies laid out on long tables in three rooms.
As a nurse, Jennings hopes to not only provide empathetic care, but uplift the connection between social determinants of health and the need for healthcare advocacy.
Law School Scholarship One for $1,000
Ruby Valle began law school last fall at UIC John Marshall. As a Latina growing up in the south side of Chicago in a neighborhood called “Back of the Yards,” she became accustomed to the constant sounds of gunshots, screaming and police sirens. Her brother, Vincente, who was Valle’s champion and studying to become a lawyer was the victim of a homicide on January 30, 2015.
Valle hopes to one day be a prosecutor, and an advocate for her community through gang violence prevention, and to fight for justice for victims and their families.
Medical School Scholarship One for $1,000
Taylor Hall is a future M.D. candidate who was recently accepted to eight medical schools. As a Black woman growing up in the South, there were few role models for how to become a physician. However, seeing her grandmother’s struggles with Lupus and her mom’s experiences during her abusive relationship with her father gave her plenty of exposure to what it is like to be a patient of color: A vulnerable experience of facing difficult circumstances and fearing for your health. Hall still often wonders whether a more attentive healthcare provider would have diagnosed the sepsis that ultimately killed her grandmother during her final year of life. Her death gave Hall a bleak look at how our healthcare system often fails older people–especially those who look like Hall.
Hall’s personal, educational, and professional experiences make her confident in her ability to be a dynamic healthcare provider. Her career goal is to break down the barriers to health equity that impact underserved individuals. In the future, she wants to remain in academic medicine as a teaching physician, in order to mentor students of color and provide colleagues and institutions with opportunities for improvement.
Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist Scholarship One for $1,000
Francisca Fernandez is a student of Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. As a migrant child, she witnessed her mother struggle financially to raise four children after her father’s passing in 2000. Half of her academic year was spent in Yuma, Arizona and the other half of her year in Salinas, CA for most of her adult life in order to make ends meet.
Her goals are to obtain a Master of Occupational Therapy degree and obtain a certification in stroke rehabilitation. Through her own struggles in life, Fernandez now wants to help others get back to the activities that bring meaning and purpose to their lives.
2021 represented one of the most competitive fields in the history of our scholarships program – and we congratulate our finalists, as well as all of the innovative scholars who submitted entries!
As 2022 unfolds, and we enter the third year of our global pandemic, the power of education remains undiminished. Our world needs more creative thought in order to solve our complex problems, and bright minds, ignited with new ideas have the potential to transform our world.
Our 2022 scholarships program is now open. We’re looking forward to honoring the next round of ground-breaking students this year.