UA Scholars Program

Success Stories

More than 300 UA Scholars graduate from UA each year and pursue exciting careers. Here are a few success stories.

Theresa Cho

Photograph by Monique Musick

Theresa was born and raised in Anchorage. She is a senior majoring in Biology, a UA Scholar, and a member of the Honors College. Theresa was a featured student in the “IAM UAA” and “Amazing Stories” campaigns. She’s earned the Dean’s Award of Excellence, has spoken at events for New Student Orientation, UA Scholars, Advancement, the Honors College, and was Master of Ceremonies for Freshman Convocation this year. She was awarded a Research in the Community Grant and has a paper pending publication. Currently, Theresa is conducting research with a faculty member to determine the molecular mechanism behind cardiac pacemaker cells. Throughout her collegiate career, she has also been committed to community service earning her the USA President's Volunteer Service Award.

Mathew Carrick

Mathew Carrick is a second-year student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks coming into his third and final year as a Mathematics major with minors in Economics and Political Science. He currently enjoys being a senator in ASUAF Student Government, an orientation leader, a student ambassador, president of the Honors Student Advisory Council, head delegate in the Model UN, and an active participant in a full range of University and Fairbanks activities. For 2014-15, he'll be the president of the UAF student body, and is vastly excited to get such a wonderful opportunity. He is extremely grateful for the UA Scholars program, the Alaska Performance Scholarship program, and the generosity of the University of Alaska system. Without these financial aids, he would have been unable to enjoy the numerous opportunities afforded to Alaska students. Mathew believes firmly in the value of a University of Alaska education, not just in the classroom but in all spheres of life. Programs such as the UA Scholars award help not only the recipients themselves, but the entire state of Alaska and even the world by allowing some of Alaska's brightest to achieve their full potential.

Alexa (Lexi) Cherry

Alexa Cherry is many things - college student, reporter for the UAS Whalesong, part-time zombie slayer, and a UA Scholar. She also enjoys participating in campus events and yearning for Taco Bell. She is currently finishing up her sophomore year of working towards a BLA degree with an emphasis in history and creative writing. As the recently appointed Junior Editor for the Tidal Echoes literary journal, she looks forward to what the rest of her college career has in store for her.

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