2018 Recipient Daniya Zaidi
Daniya Zaidi is a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. Daniya is working on a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Psychology minor and expects to graduate in December of 2018.
Daniya was born in Pakistan and spent her early life in Saudi Arabia before moving with her parents to the United States. She always dreamed of becoming a doctor. She earned an Associate degree in General Sciences and described her graduation day as the “happiest day of my life.” Daniya went on to obtain certification in Cardiac Ultrasound while working as a pharmacy technician. She then worked as an echo technician for the following nine years. Although Daniya’s dream of becoming a doctor no longer seemed reasonable, she wanted to do more for her son and community. In 2014, she enrolled in the Nursing program at UTA. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Daniya hopes to work at Children’s Hospital for two years, then return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP). Daniya’s ultimate goal is to specialize as a psychiatric nurse working with children.
2017 Recipient Dorisol Quirino
Dorisol Quirino currently attends Brookhaven College and plans to get an Associate of Arts in education by fall 2019. Transfer to a four-year college to complete her Bachelors of Education will help her achieve her dream of being an elementary school teacher. Her recommending professor says Dorisol is “capable of working independently, as well as, a team member.”
Furthermore, “she has an outgoing personality, is passionate about helping her peers, and has a bright future ahead of her.” Dorisol, 32, is a busy mom to four children ranging in age from 3 to 11 years old. She recognizes the importance of education for young children and the advantages an education provides. She wants her legacy to be part of “providing love and support to children.”
2017 Recipient Heather Wireman
Heather Wireman, our 2017 Nancy Watten Scholarship Recipient, fulfills every expectation of an adult woman returning to higher education. She did not go to college directly after graduation from high school in Austin, Texas, in 1994. She worked for a time and later moved to Dallas in 2002, met a man she would marry, and later had a son, now 11 years old.
Heather did not find her educational goal immediately. She thought she might want a position in the medical field in ultrasound, then in graphic design. The computer applications led her to coding websites, which she absolutely loved! Programming languages provides challenge and opportunity for problem solving, other incentives for this talented young woman.
Heather graduated with honors from El Centro in May 2017 with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences with a major in Application Development. She will be continuing her education in Information Technology and has her eyes on a Bachelor’s degree. She works at the Dallas County Community College District Office as a Programmer/Analyst.
Best news: Heather has joined our branch. Congratulations, Heather.
2016 Recipient Nicki Elliott
Nicki has come a long way after dropping out of school in her junior year. She is self-taught, remediating that which she never learned. She worked as a retail cashier to pay the bills and study independently. In spite of the difficulties getting to college, Nicki now maintains a 4.0 GPA. We are proud to assist her in reaching her goals.
2015 Recipient Liying Lee
Liying Lee came to the United States from China when she was 28 years old, 6 years ago. She became a U.S. citizen on August 21, 2012.
Her goal is to receive her Bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Liying is married and has two young sons. Our award helped her continue her education at Brookhaven College.
2014 Recipient Frances Odilil
Frances works part-time as a certified pharmacy technician for Minyard Food Stores. She is going to college full-time to pursue her two-year degree in Nursing. She plans to matriculate to a four-year college to continue her Nursing education after graduating with her AAS in Nursing. She is currently pursuing her education at Trinity Valley Community College.
Frances is married and has three young children.