Scholarship Recipients


John Thomas Meersman

Intended Major/Degree

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Home Town



Georgia/United States of America

Why did you choose to attend UGA?
I chose to attend UGA due to a variety of factors: the low cost of tuition, its closeness to home, its vibrant student life, and, of course, its nationally ranked Honors Program.
What are your college career plans/aspirations?
In college I plan to graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on a pre-med track. My ultimate goal is to become a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon working at Sibley Heart Center in Atlanta, GA. During my time at UGA, I also plan to get involved in the University Mock Trial Team, club swimming and track, and the Red Cross Club.
What would you say as a thank-you message to the University’s generous donors who
financially support your UGA experience?
Dear generous donors, Words cannot express how grateful I am for your contributions. With the costs of college education increasing yearly, the gift you give holds more and more weight with the students who receive it. To us its much more than just money - its an opportunity. An opportunity to have a high-quality education and pursue our life's goals. An opportunity to do something great with our lives and in turn, pass on that gift to future students at UGA.
What kind of difference would you like to make at UGA or in the world?
To me, UGA is my first step in having a career that will impact people in a more profound way than any other. With the opportunities available there, I know I can get into an excellent medical school and in turn serve people in one of the greatest ways possible - by saving lives.
Name/s of scholarship awards you have received
UGA Presidential Leadership Scholarship
What has your scholarship meant to you or enabled you to do?
The Presidential Leadership Scholarship in conjunction with the Zell Miller Scholarship has enabled my parents to pay less for college than they did for my entire middle and high school private education. This is a true blessing as my parents will be have to save money in the long run that can later be used for medical school tuition.