Meet the 2020 Scholars

Get to know the hopes, dreams, and talents of this year's winners.

Olivia B.

Undergraduate Recipient

"What do you believe is the greatest unaddressed patient need in the CF community, and if you could, how would you try to fix it? Who would you partner with (e.g. public figure, organization) to help fix the issue and why?"

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients undergo many different experiences throughout their lifetimes. However, every CF patient has undergone isolation, unable to physically interact with other CF patients. Therefore, virtual connections are highly important and deserve additional effort toward customization and improvement. During my transition from high school to college, my pulmonary team suggested a mentor, handing me a single phone number of a volunteer mentor. My mentor, although helpful at times, was unable to relate to my transition to college; we had completely different experiences. It felt more isolating knowing we couldn't always relate. I honored our differences, but I always wondered why there wasn’t an established network that matched kids and teens to mentors with similar life experiences. I’d like to inspire a network that focuses on a mentor-mentee relationship, providing a safe, online space. To do this, I would partner up with GEHA, a medical company, which would assist in matching the privately submitted bios of possible mentors and mentees. The participants would be required to sign privacy and etiquette regulations, ensuring HIPAA rights and personal safety. Early diagnoses, PICC lines, lung transplants, feeding tubes, CF with diabetes, home and hospital settings, etc. are all completely different experiences. People undergoing these specific experiences need support; someone who can understand. Current networks lack the ability to customize connections, and this network would have a unique focus on mentor-mentee outreach. This new network would provide specific mentors giving youth a customized support system working to decrease isolation.

OLIVIA B.'S Artwork

OLIVIA B.'S Achievements

  • Staff Writer for the Flyer (Salisbury University’s Student Newspaper) February 9, 2020-Present day
  • Article to be featured in Salisbury Honor’s College Student Magazine, the Saunterer, Spring 2020
  • Honors Student Association Member (HSA) at Salisbury University (Fall Semester 2019)
  • Salisbury University’s Buddy Program (Fall Semester 2019) Responsible for helping introduce study abroad student to American culture while learning about assigned buddy’s culture as well.
  • Catholic Campus Music Ministry (Flautist) Fall 2019-Present
  • "Makeup" Volunteer for Zombie 5K (for SU United Way) October 26, 2019
  • Volunteer for Art Activities at Lighthouse Senior Living; teaching elderly community members self-expression through art under the supervision of Julia Andersen, a licensed art therapist at Shepard Pratt (Mount Hebron High School’s Intern-Mentor Program) (2018-2019).
  • National Art Honors Society (Secretary) Mount Hebron High School 2017-2018
  • Pre-K Sunday School Teacher 2016-2017 (St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church)
  • Chosen to be a Sophomore Honors Ambassador for the Upcoming 2020-2021 Academic Year at Salisbury University