Scholarship Spotlight

Meet Morgan Shad – Recipient of the 2018 Barbara Schmidt Scholarship

Age: 21

Residence: Jupiter, Florida

College Major:Environmental Biology

Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to take the road you are on? My teachers from my high school were a great part of my inspiration to be my best. My parents have always been huge supporters in my life and showed me how to climb the ladder of life one rung at a time.

Why/how did you choose your major? My family has always made me aware of the environment and the issues that go along with it from a young age. I went to Jupiter High’s Environmental Research and Field Studies Academy (JERFSA) at Jupiter High School and my teachers in the academy pushed me to do something I had a passion for.

What are your goals for the future? I want to go back to graduate school in a few years after I earn more money to afford going back to school. I am deciding on whether I should strengthen my science side or if I should pursue business to give myself a more broadened education.

Who has been a role model for you? My teachers have been incredible role models throughout my life. My high school teacher Mrs. Ramsey and my current advisor/professor Dr. Jon Moore have been incredible role models, they have showed me different possible paths to take in my field and they never gave up on me even when I had doubts myself.

Describe a personal achievement that makes you proud. The moment I realized I was going to graduate college early was very joyous moment. I thought I was going to have to stay an extra semester because I had decided against the pre-veterinary track, but my advisor helped me create my own concentration which allowed me to graduate early.

How did the Scholarship from EWPBF help you on your path to college? Without the scholarship monies allocated, I wouldn’t even be able to consider going to graduate school. The money that helped me pay for this semester means that the money I earn at my job will go into my savings for my master’s program.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?  Thank you Executive Women!