9 Students with Skin Conditions Granted Scholarships


Ortho Dermatologics has announced the 2019 recipients of their Aspire Higher Scholarships that are awarded to students who are impacted by dermatologic conditions. The Aspire Higher Scholarships grants nine students each a $10,000 scholarship. These scholarships have been given since 2013, with over $648,000 being awarded. 

“Through the Aspire Higher program, we’ve heard firsthand from students across the country about the challenges that often come with dermatologic conditions,” said Bill Humphries, president of Ortho Dermatologics. “This year’s honorees are an inspiration for how they’ve faced these challenges and are a testament to the far-reaching impact dermatologists have when they help their patients resolve or manage skin conditions. We are proud to support these students with scholarships that will help them achieve their educational goals.”

For 2019, there were nearly 14,000 applicants. The winners of the scholarship were chosen based on essays they wrote discussing their experiences pursuing their education while having a dermatologic condition. The applications were then judged by an independent panel of dermatologists from across the country. 

The program awards scholarships in three categories: Undergraduate Scholar Awards, Graduate Scholar Awards and the Today's Woman Scholar Awards, which specifically awards mothers pursuing a degree. 

The 2019 Aspire Higher recipients are:

Undergraduate Scholar Award

  • Kayla Scott, Esmont, VA – North Carolina A&T State University
  • Robin Cadd, Sierra Madre, CA – University of Southern California
  • Stephanie Pham, Temecula, CA – Arizona State University

Graduate Scholar Award

  • Astrid Guevara, Baytown, TX – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Maura Vrabel, Raleigh, NC – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and North Carolina State University College of Engineering
  • Saiaditya Badeti, Plainsboro, NJ – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Today’s Woman Scholar Award

  • Caitlin Sanner, Wellington, CO – Front Range Community College
  • Camilla Marshall, Bowie, MD – Johns Hopkins University
  • Marissa Hunter, Vancouver, WA – California Baptist University
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