Ryann Quick, majoring in Public Health, is a LatPro Scholarship Finalist

[E]ver since I can remember my need to help others was a constant factor in my life. I would volunteer in convalescent homes, help underprivileged children, and clean up my community. The fire behind all of this is a mixture of doing what I believe is right and turning the negatives in my past into positive actions. 

When I was ten years old I lost my father to alcoholism and smoking. My parents were divorced due to my father’s extreme addiction and violent bipolarism. My mother did her very best to shield us from his negativity, and she did very well because thankfully my memory as a child has many positive moments. My mother is still a single parent and raising me and my younger sister with the motto that manners and good decision making will take you a long way in your life. I to this day believe in that motto and live by it. 

During high school I worked at Mariposa Community Health Center in Nogales, Arizona as a Teen Health Facilitator. I was one of two teens in Santa Cruz County with this job. My job consisted of giving and creating presentations on health issues such as tobacco, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, sexuality, contraception, teen pregnancy, nutrition, diabetes, and much more. I mainly educated teens but I also educated young children and adults. My favorite group to teach was the inmates at the juvenile detention center, since they were at risk youth I got to give them the knowledge to change their lives for the better. As well every summer we hosted the Summer Youth Institute which is an eight week program that educates twenty four teens, from Santa Cruz County, on health issues and certifies them to be teen advocates. I held presentations during that program and helped coordinate outside presentations. 

Working at the clinic is what opened my eyes to public health. I chose public health as my major due to my father’s passing, my passion to help others, and my wonderful job as a Teen Health Facilitator. The obstacle I had to overcome was to make terms with that I cannot change everyone. With my experience at the clinic I had to utilize the frustration that came with people that would not apply the information that was given to them. Over time I accepted this and just do my best so I can give everyone the chance to make better decisions. 

Graduating with a degree in public health will be a huge stepping stone in my life because it is then that I will be able to focus my life on prevention. As well being the first in my family to graduate from college is also a huge reason I will cherish my degree. I want to be a good example for my little sister and cousins. Earning this degree means the world to me and I want to put my knowledge to good use so I can make a difference in the world.’s scholarship program is proud to announce Ryann Quick as one of the finalists for its December 2012 application deadline. Vote for her essay (Facebook ‘Like’ and other social media sharing options in left column), click the ‘star’ just above comments section below, and/or leave comments of support to help us with the selection process.

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  • I have known Ryann for a while and one thing that always stood out was her dedication to help others. She gave so much to our community and continues to give in Tucson. She is very deserving of this scholarship and would repay this reward tenfold.

  • Ryann probably spent more time at the clinic than at school. She was very involved in both clinic and school activities. Have fun on the flight over the atlantic!

  • If there is anyone deserving of this scholarship it is Ryann. She devoted so much of her time to work with youth in her community and helped bring awareness about so many risky behaviors that teenagers might engage in. I am confident that she will be extremely successful in the public health field!

  • As Ryan’s GEAR UP counselor, I can attest to Ryan’s commitment to helping others. Since the moment she started high school in Rio Rico, she has always looked at becoming involved and helping others. She is a very deserving student, I hope she gets this scholarship.

  • Ryann deserves this so much. Her dedication and motivation to help others is what truly stands out about her. I feel that with this scholarship she would use it for the better good of others.

  • Ryann is a positive and proactive young woman who will be able to help many people with the support of this scholarship.

  • Ryann is a prime example of dedication, strength, and leadership to her all peers. She has an amazing ability to utilize her surroundings, embrace culture and diversity as well as making learning an enjoyable and informative experience for all involved. She herself is not only a natural born teacher, but a student, who can grasp knowledge with an amazing force and take it head-on. I can honestly say that I could not think of anyone other than Ryann Quick for the LatPro Scholarship.

  • Ryann is my big sister. I can tell you she has done alot of different things for her community whether in Cali or Rio Rico. I was there for most of them. She tries and is a good example for me and my little cousins. Good Luck, Ryann

  • I have Known Ryann for 4 years. She is the prime example of a student who does not say I can’t! She always turns it to a positive saying HOW CAN I! She is a highly motivated well deserving young lady! GOOD LUCK

  • Ryann is a hardworking and dedicated young lady. I have know Ryann for the 3 years and yes always very focused. She deserves the LatPro Scholarship.

  • Ryann is a very
    hardworking young woman. She is dedicated to whatever she sets her mind to and strives for perfection. She is always focused when it comes to her work and getting it done the right way. If things become difficult and problems occur,she stays positive and works that much harder.
    She would be perfect for this scholarship and definitely deserves it.

  • Ryann really demonstrates both in her actions and through her essay that she is bright, motivated and possesses tenacity. She was a dedicated Teen Health Facilitator and served as a great example with her hard work. Ryann deserves all the help she can get through the scholarship program!

  • This is great Ryann,, you deserve this chance.. You strive in everything you do,, We are proud of you. This is another goal to be accomplished.

  • Ryann is Ryann. You have grown into a wonderful young adult. Thank you for filling your heart with all that is good. We all know your potenital, you continue to strive at the UofA, your on the dean’s list – excellent. Your leadership, compassion, will to learn, your attitude of gratitude and sense of humor make so proud. You are truly deserving of all good that comes your way. Luv u Mom

  • Hi Ryan, is very nice to know that young girls as you sets an example to others. I totally agree with you, always negative situations can turn into positive if you decide to make a difference in your life and in the life of others. Keep up the good attitude! is what will take you to where you want to be. Is for sure that the success for who you want to help, it will be your success in all ways. Keep dreaming in a better world is possible if we do something about it.
    God Bless

  • A motivating and inspiring essay! Ryann not only is dedicated to serving others and making a positive difference in lifes but, she is also committed to academic excellence and is on the Dean’s List at the University of Arizona. I look forward to following your contining achievements and positive contributions to our communities!

  • Ryann is an awesome student and an even better person. She was my math student her sophomore and senior years of high school. I wish she’d come back!

  • Best of luck to you…after working with you at school for years I know what a go-getter you are and how successful you will be–looking forward to great things!

  • Prima! Te amo mucho! I really hope you get this scholarship you truly deserve it. I hope you can go to Africa to teach about HIV like you want. Que dios te bendiga

  • Ryann deserves this scholarship. As one of her mentors for the Arizona Assurance Program, I can tell you she is one of a kind. If you invest in her, she will pay your program back in spades, and you’ll be thankful you made such a good investment. Awarding her this scholarship means she will represent your program, and believe me, you want Ryann to represent your program. She is determined to do great things in the world. Great essay, Ryann. Good luck!

  • I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for taking the time to show your support by commenting or voting. As you all know my education is very important to me and your support pushes me to do better. I feel so blessed and believed in and I promise to continue doing good. Hopefully I will get to Africa so I can make a difference in the childrens lives and I will be thinking of you all. Have an amazing day everyone and remember that random acts of kindness should be less random. Gracias y que dios te bendiga.

  • Ryann gives of herself and works at 110%. We have been able to see Ryann progress into a positive, caring, hardworking young adult (event though she’s been that way since she was a kid). She has the natural gift of attracting people. She is community and family oriented, has always recieived good grades in school, always has people speaking highly of her, always dedicated to the cause. Ryann is an outstanding candidate for this scholarship, you will see only good will come from it. We high recommend Ryann for this scholarship.

    Ryann, we love you, good luck

  • We are very proud of your accomplishments as a young woman. You
    have demonstrated skills that take others to achieve in lifetime. As you proceed
    in life, everyone that meets you will see your beautiful personality and your
    drive to for success. We wish the best in your future endeavors and god bless

  • Ryann, I wish you well. You have touched so many teens in our community in a positive way. Your determination to keep our youth informed and healthy, as life is so risky, is admirable. Thank you for all you do.

  • I an so proud if Ryann Quick. I have known her since the day she was born, Her mother is my best friend. Since Ryann was a little girl, she has always gone out of her way to help people. When she was in elementary school, she would volunteer to help accompany disabled students to their classes. I remember her talking about how happy it made her to help students who may not have mnany friends and who needed help, Throughout middle school & high school Ryann was always receiving recognition for the number of volunteer hours that she put in. When she moved to Arizona before her first year of high school she immediately started a recycling program. Since she was a little girl, I have always been amazed at the things Ryann did. When she graduated from high schooI I told her that she was going to make a huge impact on the world. The level of compassion, the maturity she displays, and the drive to succeed makes Ryann a perfect candidate to receive your scholorship. She is going to be sucessful with whatever occupation she decides to do and will continue to have a huge impact on many peoples lives. She has already had a huge impact in my life and I am so excited to continue watching her grow into a beautiful person who is going to change our world for the better!