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CSM awards $80,000 Marie Curie scholarship to California student

Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021

OMAHA, NEB. – College of Saint Mary (CSM) has selected Stephanie Gonzalez of Los Angeles, CA., as a Marie Curie Scholar, starting in the fall. Gonzalez received the surprise scholarship check for $80,000 at her home over Easter weekend. She earns the scholarship after standing out in academic talent and showing outstanding leadership service.

“I believe she has the drive to succeed as a compassionate and thoughtful healthcare practitioner,” said Dr. Jimmy Lee, an associate biology professor at East Los Angeles College. “She has performed quite admirably in facing the challenges and disruptions of the pandemic.”

College of Saint Mary’s prestigious Marie Curie Scholars Program, which is funded in part by the National Science Foundation, provides significant financial support and resources to outstanding young women pursuing study in STEM majors, such as biology, chemistry, or math.

Marie Curie Scholars receive up to $20,000 annually for four years in gift aid. In addition to having access to substantial financial resources and facilities, participants also receive free tutoring, have opportunities for undergraduate research, and have access to top programs like the National Institute of Health and NASA research fellowships. Marie Curie Scholars at CSM also often attend and present at national conferences.

“My life’s journey has formed a desire in me to continue my education and to pursue a career in which I can dedicate my entire self being in servicing and caring for those in need,” says Gonzalez, who says her ultimate life goal is to become a heart surgeon.

At CSM, she plans to major in biology, starting in the fall of 2021. Located in Omaha, in the heart of Aksarben Village, College of Saint Mary uses initiatives like the Marie Curie Scholar Program to provide women from all backgrounds with access to an affordable, excellent college experience, career-driven coursework, and lifelong leadership skills. She is one of five recipients of this year’s Marie Curie Scholarship.