With the assistance of a $3,000 Blavatnik Family Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship, Army dependent Thaila Schug began undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida.
A student of the Honors College, Thaila majors in Biology and will follow a rigorous pre-med curriculum in preparation for medical school.Inspired by optimistic young patients, Thaila's goal is to become a pediatric hematology-oncology doctor.
Thaila hopes to be accepted to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. "As one of the best medical schools in Florida, I know that I could benefit from Orlando's resources. In addition, I'd to work at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they have a hematology-oncology program."
Thaila has already participated in undergraduate research and volunteered with Clean the World, an organization dedicated to preventing hygiene-related illnesses by recycling discarded hotel soaps and shampoos. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority and inspires young women to reach their full potential by working with the non-profit, Girls on the Run.
In addition to the goal of becoming a medical doctor, Thaila also has an interest in writing. "I have a passion for reading and writing. I would like to write a children's or young adult book to encourage young people to read."
Thaila is thankful for the tuition assistance provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarship and says, "You helped me pay for and I cannot be more grateful. My excitement was displayed in jumping up and down at the news in addition to telling my friends and family. I cannot say thank you enough for what you donated and continue to donate to ThanksUSA. This small thank you isn't sufficient, but I hope it conveys how truly significant this scholarship is. Thank you!"