Young Harris College Names 2014 Woodward Scholar

Monday, February 3, 2014

Young Harris College Names 2014 Woodward Scholar

Young Harris College junior biology major Mary Calderon, of Buford, was recently awarded the Beverly Barrow Woodward, ’53, Scholarship, established by Leonard and Beverly Woodward, of Rome, and granted annually to one YHC student to study abroad in England at Harlaxton College.

“More than an opportunity, this has truly been a blessing,” said Calderon, a native of Pereira, Columbia, who was encouraged by her friends to apply for the prestigious scholarship. “When I received the email saying I was the recipient, I couldn’t believe it. The idea of studying in England fills me with excitement and joy.”

Calderon, an active member of YHC’s Aspiring Medical Professionals, assists other students on campus by offering biology tutoring sessions. She also recently co-presented her paper, titled “Effects of Temperature, PH, and Substrate Concentration on Cellobiase Activity from Enzymes Isolated from Common and Georgia-Native Mushrooms,” at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science with Biology Department Chair and Professor of Biology Paul Arnold, Ph.D.

“While at Harlaxton, I will have the opportunity to shadow physicians in London and visit various healthcare practices through my nursing and health professions course,” explained Calderon, who plans to attend medical school after graduating from YHC. “I plan to take advantage of the experiences and new culture I will be exposed to through this class. One day, I will use this invaluable knowledge to become a better medical professional.”

Calderon was selected for the scholarship from an impressive pool of applicants. Ultimately, the committee, comprised of Assistant Professor of English Jennifer Gianfalla, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English and Study Abroad Director Eloise Whisenhunt, Ph.D., and Professor of Chemistry Margaret Forrester, Ph.D., agreed that Calderon is a perfect fit for the experience.

“I’m extremely impressed not only by her intelligence but also by her determination to learn and hone her critical and writing skills,” said Dr. Whisenhunt, who got to know Calderon during an introductory composition course. “Mary has continued to not only strive for, but also obtain excellence since her time in my class. Her application, academic record and letter of intent spoke to this excellence.”

“Studying at Harlaxton will provide me with a different view of cultures, traditions and even healthcare systems,” said Calderon, who hopes to one day use her degree and skills to serve the community. “These experiences will make me grow as a person, enhance my knowledge and give me a different perspective of what it means to study medicine. I am forever thankful to YHC and the Woodward family for this exceptional opportunity.”

YHC junior biology major Mary Calderon, of Buford, accepted the Beverly Barrow Woodward, ’53, Scholarship alongside Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Keith DeFoor (far left), Assistant Professor of English and Study Abroad Director Dr. Eloise Whisenhunt (second from left) and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gary Myers (far right).