Air Force dependent Megan Schrader received a $3,000 Jackson Casey Fund/ThanksUSA scholarship to continue majors in Psychology and Anthropology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Being raised in a military family, Megan remembers being the “new kid” in school. “I was fortunate that whenever I felt particularly out of place, I always seemed to find a teacher or counselor who helped me overcome my shyness, encouraged me to display my skills, and reminded me that I was an interesting person with something to offer.”
Megan will use her education to make sure that future students feel comfortable and confident. After completing her undergraduate studies, Megan will seek an advanced degree in School Psychology at the University of Maryland's College of Education. As a school psychologist, she will be able to help children find their own niche and reach their full educational potential.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, Megan will focus on her anthropology major. In the fall, she will concentrate on biological anthropology at St. Mary's. Next spring, Megan will attend University College Dublin and study cultural anthropology as a student of the Celtic Studies Department.
“I am extremely grateful to everyone who so generously donated their resources to make the Jackson Casey Fund/ThanksUSA scholarship possible. I would like you to know that I take very seriously the confidence you have shown in me by investing in my future and I will do all I can to ensure that your award will prove to be money well spent.”
Megan is equally dedicated to her job as she is to her studies. Each weekday before classes, she works the 6 a.m. opening shift at the campus coffee shop, The Daily Grind. Megan initially worked as a stock person and passed her barista exam earlier this year. "I now split my time at work between stocking shelves and mixing exotically named coffees and smoothies. I think I enjoy The Daily Grind because it is such a change from the academic side of things."
This hard-working young woman is looking forward to a much-deserved summer break. Megan and her sister, Rebecca, will be backpacking by rail across North America. "We plan to travel from Maryland to California, with stops at Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and San Francisco. The planning is a lot of fun, and it is nice to have something to anticipate over the summer, especially on days when the workload feels heavy at school."
We wish Megan and Rebecca safe travels this summer and continued academic success next year!