Scholarship Recipients


Name

Nidhi Aggarwal

Intended Major/Degree

Microbiology/B.S.

Home Town

Statesboro

State/Country

Georgia

Why did you choose to attend UGA?
Throughout its centuries of academic achievement and widespread influence, UGA has rightfully retained a special place in the hearts and minds of everyone who has been affiliated with the university, especially the local Statesboro residents who helped me to finalize my college decision in choosing UGA. In addition to providing a beautiful, comfortable, and cheerful campus environment, UGA also has been known to exhibit superior academics leading to alumni success in a multitude of fields. Through participation in the Honors Program at UGA, I am confident that I will be exposed to an outstanding education that allows me to explore my interests while still keeping my pre-medical goals at top priority, with a network of faculty and advisors who will assist and guide me throughout the crucial four years of undergraduate studies.
What are your college career plans/aspirations?
While completing my undergraduate studies at UGA, I plan to earn a degree in Microbiology and pursue a pre-medical path through completion of required coursework, semesters of labwork, and extensive volunteering at local facilities. The flexibility of UGA's scheduling system allows students like me, with diverse interests, immersion in a particular overarching field (in my case, biological studies) while still devoting time and class periods towards other interests. In this additional time, I hope to take classes in Psychology, Philosophy, and foreign languages, all of which I believe will contribute towards my personal development and ability to be resourceful as a physician.
What would you say as a thank-you message to the University’s generous donors who
financially support your UGA experience?
Donors, your generosity in contributing towards UGA's scholarships comes in the form of a blessing to all who have been awarded scholarships by the university. In addition to the evident monetary influence your donations have on students' academic experiences, your donations provide to recipients a gift so intangible yet so priceless and apparent through the smiles on our faces: the confidence and reassurance that our years of hard work have been noticed and appreciated. You provide to students like me a key to unlock new opportunities, new avenues, and new means by which we can discover more of ourselves and of our aspirations through education. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
What kind of difference would you like to make at UGA or in the world?
UGA promotes a culture of diversity, fitting for the modern nation composed of myriad backgrounds, ethnicities, and traditions. As a first-generation student with parents who immigrated from India and have established a successful life encompassing the American Dream, I will certainly strive to not only foster cultural appreciation in the encouraging atmosphere of UGA but also engage in personal cultural discovery whereby I am able to learn more about my culture by interacting with other students sharing similar experiences. Additionally, in a world where continuous technological advancement has been simultaneously met with increased impatience and feelings of entitlement among the youth, I hope to spread a message emphasizing the importance of appreciation and genuine respect, both of which are monumental regardless of age.
Name/s of scholarship awards you have received
Baldwin Scholarship and National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship.
What has your scholarship meant to you or enabled you to do?
My monetary scholarships have instilled in me a crucial reassurance that all genuinely-performed hard work eventually is rewarded. The financial assistance provided through these scholarships have certainly eased college expenses for my parents and have improved my future ability to participate in potentially expensive programs, such as study-abroad opportunities. There is no telling what all can be achieved through each new door opening, and my scholarships have certainly provided me with the keys to unlocking them.