Iota Alpha Chapter, Saginaw Valley State University

My journey with Phi Sigma Sigma began during my sophomore year of college in fall 2011. During recruitment, I found a group of women that would become some of my closest friends and strongest supporters in both my personal and professional life. I was the first in my family to attend college and the first of my immediate family to move out of my small hometown in rural northern Michigan. Without the support of my sisters during my undergraduate years, I don’t know if I would be where I am now.

I am currently completing my fourth year of medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Following graduation in May 2018, I will be starting residency training in the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Medical school has been a much larger financial burden than my undergraduate training, and because of that I decided to reach out to Phi Sigma Sigma by applying for scholarships and grants. During my first year of medical school, I was awarded the Kristen Witten Memorial Scholarship, which is given to sisters who are pursuing a medical career. During my third and fourth years of medical, I was awarded the Beverly L. Richman, MD Scholarship, which is for sisters who are pursuing not only a medical career, but that are in medical school. Lastly, during my fourth year I was chosen for an educational grant. These four awards over the course of several years have helped me tremendously. I have had to take fewer loans, which has relieved stress and allowed me to focus solely on my training.

It is hard to think about a life that doesn’t include Phi Sigma Sigma and the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. The bonds with my sisters have followed me wherever I am, and the lasting impacts are strong. I am so grateful for the financial, emotional and social support that I have received and it is an honor to have been chosen for these amazing awards over the years.