Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Workforce WednesdayMyesha Jemison has never been one to settle on a single hobby or interest. “I like to engage in different things to have a well-rounded platform of knowledge,” says the 18-year-old Bayside High School Health Sciences Academy senior.

MyeshaJemison has experience volunteering at hospitals, holding leadership positions in various
organizations, and most recently participating in Opportunity Inc.’s Virginia Beach STEM Program. The purpose of this program is to expose students to STEM careers via internship opportunities, robotics competitions and dual enrollment credits.

Yet, the common theme that glues all of her experience together is her passion to help other people.

“Having explored medicine in my volunteer experience and learning more about engineering through the STEM program, I realized that I definitely want to work in the field of global medicine,” says Myesha.

After figuring out what she wanted to do, Jemison was faced with the question – how will she pay for it?

“One day, I was watching the news and saw that a local girl won the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship. I thought, “I can do that!”

After an intensive application process, Jemison was notified in May that she is a Gates Millennium Scholar which means she earned a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the college of her choice. She said she’d never cried so many joyful tears.

Myesha is now attending Princeton University where she’s studying computer science. She plans to become a global infectious disease physician.

“The STEM program really gave me a glimpse of college academics through the STEM college classes I was enrolled in to get ahead,” says Myesha. “I thank Opportunity Inc. for this chance to spread my wings.”'

Amanda Christopher

Amanda Christopher is a graduate of Hollins University and Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of the DC metro area, Amanda worked in public relations for the American Red Cross before joining the Virginia Community College System as the Workforce Communications Coordinator.

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