Hoping to serve as a doctor in a rural, underserved community

I intend to graduate with a B.S. degree in Biology with an emphasis in physiology and a B.A. degree in Education, Communities, and Organizations from the University of Washington-Seattle Campus. My plans after college are to apply to medical school, with the hope of one day serving a rural, underserved community. I have chosen this combination of majors because biological science and learning theory deeply intrigue me. Learning about bringing equity into communities and being able to bring in my science background to this experience would be eye-opening and rewarding. I hope to put all the lessons learned into practice in my future career as a physician. As a doctor, I would love to work with children. Knowing how to work with them and being able to relate to their everyday life is something I aspire to do successfully.

I experienced firsthand a need for Hispanic and Spanish-speaking doctors in my home community. While accompanying my mom, who struggles with the English language, to our local Union Gospel Mission medical center, I noticed how the doctors struggled to communicate with their predominantly Hispanic patients. Shortly after that encounter, I started volunteering as a medical translator twice a week at the UGM medical center. A physician who can speak their patients’ first language and empathize with their adversities is critical to helping patients of all cultures feel comfortable while receiving medical care. These experiences have led me to understand the critical role of doctors and their potential to positively impact a patient’s life and to further confirm and gain confidence in my interest in pursuing a medical career.

The phrase “carrying books is easier than carrying rocks” has an edge of truth in my family’s life. I am an immigrant and a first-generation college student. I have learned that despite the background you come from, your dreams and goals can come true if you have the willpower to make them happen. Your own hard work and perseverance, mixed with a positive attitude, are key to making them a reality. I carry this knowledge close to my heart, not only in respect to my education but also in every aspect of my life. That is why I believe that as a college student I can thrive in a new environment that is both educationally and culturally enriching while also contributing to it. I would benefit greatly from this scholarship. Your contribution would eliminate the mental and financial stress of paying for tuition, housing, and books so I could contribute to my fullest potential to my campus. Thank you for your consideration.

We are proud to announce Sharon Perez Solorio is one of the current LatPro Scholarship finalists. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column) and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • I’ve known Sharon for three years and I haven’t seen any other student with so much determination to reach her goals. By investing the financial assistance this scholarship to Sharon’s education, I know she will be closer to achieving her goal as a physician and to be able to give back to her community is a huge accomplishment. It’s something her community really needs. I wish Sharon Perez the very best in her education.

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    When you read about most Pre-Med students in America they will sound almost identical to Sharon. Yet not all will be immigrant students, less will be first-generation college students from rural areas, even less will be the eldest Mexican sister of five male siblings. Being the only daughter Sharon was born with a large responsibility raising three young boys while her parents labored in the orchards. She accomplished this all the while completing honors courses and college level courses before the age of eighteen. Which displays her ability to overcome adversity, her ability to have patience with not only herself but to show compassion when others have lost patience with themselves. Sharon is always willing and able to extend herself to others whenever they are in need. She will always calculate her decisions before execution.

    I know Sharon will accomplish her goals in becoming a physician, educator, and inspiration not only because she possesses all these qualities. I know she will succeed because she does all this simply because she saw the need of, not only Spanish-speaking physicians, but physicians who have can empathize with all immigrants as a child.

  • There is not a doubt in my mind that Sharon deserves this scholarship. She is a selfless, hardworking, intelligent woman perfect for the career that she articulated. I can personally attest to the fact that Sharon has had this goal for a number of years, and I do not see her being content until it is achieved. I highly recommend Sharon Perez for the LatPro scholarship. The money will be far from wasted.

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  • Sharon is a passionate student who is not afraid to tackle difficult questions and understand new material. She always comes in with a smile and a positive attitude that makes a wonderful working environment. I hope she receives this scholarship!