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Last update:
July 24, 2017

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2016
UWC Scholarship Winners

Emily Hayden

University of Colorado Dean’s List and Colorado Mountain College President’s List recipient, Emily Hayden, is no stranger to honors for her academic achievement. But when Emily initially transferred into CU’s Physics program, she had to overcome the difficult transition from a small community college into a major university environment. She found success at CU with help from a mentoring program called CU Prime. CU Prime is a student-driven effort led by Physics department graduate and undergraduate students to increase inclusion in Physics/STEM fields through mentorship and community building. Now Emily “pays it forward” by mentoring other students who might also be struggling with the shift from a small college environment into a major university. Thanks to CU Prime, peers and advisors, Emily looks forward to her second year at CU, an exciting biophysics research position at Hough Lab and an excellent GPA.


Brooks Christensen

Having lived in ten different states and attending three different colleges by the age of 24, Brooks was on an odyssey that he didn’t fully understand. Fortunately, his epiphany came through a doctor who diagnosed his significant thyroid disorder. Subsequent treatment allowed him to become the strong and fully capable young man he is today. Brooks is an aspiring physicist who strives to make a difference in the world. His leadership in student government at his community college helped pass a $15M referendum to fund a new recreation center while becoming a Level III certified math and physics tutor and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He understands and firmly believes that with power comes responsibility. From dressing up as the school mascot to conducting physics research for publication, Brooks has shown that his journey continues toward his goals of being a positive force in his community.


Jessica Albarian

Many women and girls feel isolated and without role models when they discover an interest in high tech areas – indeed, the percentage of women in high tech is at its lowest since the 1980s. Jessica Albarian is working to change that by helping empower girls and women to participate in technology and engineering interests, education and careers. The goal of her involvement – in extracurricular activities to teach app development, in co-founding a 24-hour, grassroots women’s “Hackathon” to promote technology and give women a voice, and in her tutoring – is to educate, inspire and make a difference.


Myrlinda Huff

From a young age, Myrlinda was a successful student, confident and happy. However, in her sophomore year in high school, a close friend died from osteosarcoma. Myrlinda’s sadness spiraled into clinical depression. By the time she finished high school, she had gained weight and lost her academic focus. After four years, life finally began to look hopeful. Myrlinda committed to exercise and a healthy diet, lost weight and became an avid cyclist and hiker, who will run her first 10K at the Bolder Boulder next month. Myrlinda returned to school and while taking a biology course, she learned about nutritional genomics, a relatively new study of dietary influences on genetic expression and suppression. She fell in love with the subject. Subsequently, she graduated with an Associate Degree and as valedictorian of her class from her community college with several other honors. She expects to graduate from CU in 2017 with a degree in biological sciences with a focus on nutritional genomics.


Julianna Bourgeois

Julianna Bourgeois loves science, particularly physics, and experienced a childhood filled with art and poetry. Though her family economics were difficult, her mother’s creativity immersed her in art and literature while her inner scientist waited to bloom. On her own at an early age, she has had a circuitous path to higher education after years of service jobs. Realizing that her service jobs offered little for her future she enrolled at Red Rocks Community College and throughout her ensuing work and educational achievement, she has demonstrated her sense of a “larger obligation” to contribute to a sustainable, ecologically sound society. Her academic achievement at Red Rocks and her creative promotion of STEM students led to a Jack Kent Cook scholarship that enabled her to transfer to CU as an engineering and physics major. Thanks to the UWC scholarship Julianna can finish her undergraduate degree and focus on graduate school, hopefully at CU.

2016-scholarship winners
From L to R: Emily Hayden, Brooks Christensen, Jessica Albarian, Myrlinda Huff (not pictured: Julianna Borgeois)