Thank you for visiting as we prepare for our annual participation in Great Give Florida, a day of 24 hours of giving organized by United Way of Martin and Palm Beach Counties. For this year’s campaign, we are happy to share highlights about a few of our scholarship recipients, and how your dollars are helping. These are real students, with real Tourette Syndrome, that are making a real mark for themselves as they navigate college and pursue their career dreams. Get to know our students, and THANK YOU for supporting Dollars 4 Tic Scholars scholarship fund during April 24, 2019, Great Give.
Our Students, Their Stories:
Jason Ingerick, Northeastern University
2018 Dollars 4 Tic Scholars TS Scholarship Recipient
Jason shared with us an exciting trip he took to the Dominican Republic over Spring Break. He says:
Starting in September, another student leader and I planned the travel logistics for a service trip to the Dominican Republic to work with an organization called Wine to Water. About three months before the trip, we added other students to the team and gave preliminary information on how the water crisis affects people worldwide. In early March, we flew to Santiago and spent the week building and distributing ceramic water filters in the community and informed both adults and children in schools how to care for the filter and how to engage in safe water practices. Although we did manage to do some good work while we were there, the ultimate purpose was to introduce students to the reality of the water crisis and arm them with the knowledge they need to fight back in the future.
We also asked Jason a few questions about his sophomore year.
How is your first year of school going?
- My sophomore year is going well. My schedule this last semester has been the toughest so far, but I have managed to stay focused. I live with some great people this year and have a strong support system.
What did you learn about going to college that you didn’t expect?
- Everybody here is willing to do anything they can to help you. Whether the class is graded on a curve, or not, the students try to help each other succeed.
What do you love about what you are studying?
- I love chemistry as a subject. But what I really love is the fact that by learning it, I am enabling myself to reach my ultimate goal of going to medical school and helping communities. I’m minoring in Mathematics and enjoy sharing my love of math by tutoring junior high school students at Housing Families, Transforming Lives.
- I have been very fortunate and have had some extraordinary opportunities. Last summer I studied abroad on a Dialogue of Civilization trip, taking two classes while spending 6 weeks in Thingeyri, Iceland. This spring I was the co-leader of an Alternative Spring Break trip to the Dominican Republic where we spent the week building and distributing ceramic water filters in the community and informed both adults and children in schools how to care for the filter and how to engage in safe water practices.
Why you are excited about your future?
- I am super excited to get involved with research and volunteer at hospitals. Not just because those things will allow me to be competitive on med school applications, but also because individually they make me feel like I’m making a difference.
Stay tuned to meet more students during our April “Our Students, Their Stories” Great Give campaign!
For April 24, our Great Give donation link is: https://www.greatgiveflorida.org/organizations/dollars-4-tic-scholars. Thank you for keeping our students in mind as you participate in 24 hours of giving for your favorite charities!