Scholarship Awardee Profiles

2016
 

   

   Breanne Thompson
   Hometown: Marietta, GA
   Academic Year: Senior


Why did you choose UMD?

I really enjoyed the representation of such a diverse group of students. There seemed like there was so much opportunity here at this university to grow personally and professionally. I am so blessed to say that I have indeed felt this growth in ways that I could have never imagined.

What impact has the scholarship had on your life?

As an out-of-state student who did not receive any merit based scholarships, it was very hard for me to fund my education on my own. I have worked multiple part-time jobs during school, and interned full time during every summer of my college career in order to pay for my schooling. With the help of this scholarship, I have been able to stay in school and continue pursuing my major. I am so grateful for such a generous scholarship award, and I hope that it can continue to fund students like myself who are driven to complete their degrees while positively impacting students at the University of Maryland.





   Catherine "Cara" Hamel
   Hometown: Bowie, MD
   Academic Year: Masters Student (B.S. Class of 2015)


Why did you choose UMD?

I was attracted by the challenging and inter-disciplinary programs offered on campus, such as the FLEXUS Women in Engineering Program and the Honors College, which I joined as a first year student. Additionally, I knew that at UMD I would have the option of pursuing passions outside of the Clark School of Engineering, such as performing arts or intramural sports.

What impact has the scholarship had on your life?

During my time at UMD, I was involved in all corners of campus, running from the soccer field to the New Student Orientation Office to the Kim Engineering Building. I also worked multiple jobs to cover the costs of university, and the scholarship allowed me to focus more time on my studies and all of the fun activities on campus.  Additionally, the network of Sarah Bryan scholarship recipients from the previous years has provided a great opportunity to make connections within the field.  The generosity of Joan Bryan and the rest of the Bryan family was invaluable to me.
 


 

    Katherine McKee
    Academic Year: Junior



Why did you choose UMD?

The decision to come to UMD really came down to where I felt that I could be successful and graduate without excessive student loan debt. I simply could not pass up the incredible resources, communities and opportunities that the University of Maryland presented. I feel incredibly lucky to have a top tier engineering university in my home state, and even more fortunate that this university boasts the only accredited undergraduate Fire Protection Engineering program in the country. I could not imagine going anywhere else!

What impact has the scholarship had on your life?

To begin with, this past summer the financial assistance that this scholarship has provided me with allowed me to pursue a wider range of career opportunities. In the beginning of the summer I assisted Dr. Gollner of UMD with new firebrand generation research and afterward I took a Fire Protection Engineering consulting position in London, England. These opportunities have propelled my career forward and I am incredibly grateful because they likely would not have been possible without generous financial support. 
 




   Jessica Doermann
   Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
   Academic Year: Senior
 

Why did you choose UMD?

Both of my parents and my older sister went to UMD, so I've been coming to events here all my life. When it was time for me to choose a college I was naturally drawn to the sense of community and school pride I already knew existed at UMD. After researching the engineering college and visiting some of the labs I was so impressed with the work everyone here was doing that I never thought about going to school anywhere else. 

What impact has the scholarship had on your life?

Being awarded this scholarship has allowed me to be involved with many groups and events without having to worry about the financial burden of paying for college. Without this scholarship I might not have been able to be the president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, or become a volunteer fire fighter, or become an ambassador for the engineering school.