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Congratulations to Hayeon Ryou, the 2020 First Generation Scholarship Recipient!

The First Generation Scholarship is one small step toward increasing awareness of first-generation Americans’ struggles and was created to support those wanting to further their education. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 award. For more information, visit our scholarship page.

2020 Winner: Hayeon Ryou

Hayeon Ryou is a first-generation college student at Sewanee: The University of the South, pursuing a degree in biochemistry with a minor in psychology. On-campus, she serves as a tutoring liaison for the Office of Medical and Health Programs’ tutoring program, facilitating constant academic growth from students. She is also an active research member of Dr. Kiki’s lab in the biology department as well as a member of the Order of the Gown, an academic distinction. Additionally, Hayeon is a Hippocrates Fellow and a Diabetes fellow at her University. Beyond academia, she is the Community Chair of Theta Pi, where she is responsible for outreach events and constantly trying to bridge the gap between the campus and its surrounding communities.

“I am thankful to receive this generous gift. Being a first-generation comes with many challenges, but I also believe that I have learned and grown tremendously through the experiences I had being a first-generation. Thank you for allowing me to reflect and share my story with more people”.

2019 Winner: Alexandra Davis

Congratulations to Alexandra Davis, the 2019 First Generation Scholarship Recipient!

Alexandra was born in Beijing, China. She came to America in 2009 and joined the Army in 2013. Alexandra is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Hawaii School of Professional Psychology, at Chaminade University Honolulu. Alexandra hopes to return to the Army as an Officer and Clinical Psychologist to help servicemen and women suffering from mental illnesses. 

“I’m very excited to hear that I have won the scholarship. This is a great encouragement for me to keep writing my story as a first-generation American and to help others overcome mental illness. I really appreciate the Godoy Law Office for offering this scholarship and support new immigrants.”

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