CSL now offers a scholarship program for U.S. employees and their dependents in an effort to drive diversity, equity and inclusion.
Promising Futures Scholarships, received by 37 students this year, are intended to benefit those who are part of a diverse community underrepresented in the biotechnology industry; those who are first-generation college students; and those who have overcome one or more substantial obstacles in pursuing their studies or training.
Three Marquee Scholarships valued at $10,000 were awarded to the top applicants attending college/university full time in pursuit of a bachelor's or graduate degree. Another 34 recipients received awards of either $2,500 or $5,000 to help cover the cost of technical school, vocational school, college or other advanced education for the 2021-22 academic year.
In the application essay, one scholarship winner wrote about the daunting cost of higher education when your family doesn’t have a lot of extra money for tuition. “As a straight-A student, college had always been a non-negotiable in my academic career. I had never really thought about how I would pay for it.”
CSL Limited CEO Paul Perreault and Chief Human Resources Officer Elizabeth Walker recently had the opportunity to speak with each of the three Marquee Scholarship winners to congratulate them and hear more about their achievements and aspirations. You can watch a portion of the conversation in the video below.
- Imani Mullings is a first-year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine. She wants to open a clinic in a low-income community when she finishes her medical residency. She joined the U.S. Army at age 17 to help fund her undergraduate education and is currently a sergeant.
- Aditee Prabhutendolkar is in her second year at California Institute of Technology, studying computational neuroscience. She intends to apply to medical school after completing her undergraduate degree. She is the editor of her college student newspaper; founded a math program for elementary and middle school students; and worked with a charity started by her grandfather that supports the welfare of small villages in Maharashtra, India.
- Britton Miller is a first-year political science major at Liberty University. She plans to work in public policy, with a focus on foster care and adoption reform. She has traveled to Kenya and Uganda to serve in prisons, schools, and churches; was an intern for the lieutenant governor of North Carolina; and played on a high school state championship basketball team.
Later this year, CSL plans to expand the Promising Futures Scholarship program beyond the U.S. to include Australia.