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Kaijah Blackwell

Kaijah BlackwellI am from Indianapolis and I just completed my third year at Purdue, studying Health Sciences.

I have been a recipient of the Science Bound and Purdue Opportunity Awards scholarships since beginning my career at Purdue. Both of these are unique programs, because they regard retention as crucial to the sustainability of the students. I have received the Class of 1937 scholarship for the upcoming academic year. It is exciting to be among such a select group of students receiving an award from a class that chose to leave behind such a legacy of their time at Purdue. Without these scholarships and other financial assistance, I would not be able to attend Purdue, so I am extremely grateful for the recognition.

On campus, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the National Residence Hall Honorary, serve as a Purdue Promise Peer Facilitator, EMV Leadership Conference Group Leader, have worked in the main offices at both Hillenbrand and Harrison Halls, and starting in the Fall, I will be a Resident Assistant at Hillenbrand Hall.

Receiving scholarships has allowed me to focus on my academic, as well as extracurricular goals without the worry of how I will afford my education. Receiving my education from Purdue will allow me to conquer all my goals and has taught me that there is so much that one person can accomplish with a determined mind.