The GOLD Scholarship was awarded for the first time in the 2012-2013 academic year.
The 2015-2016 recipient is Eva Weinstein '17, who is pursuing a major in Biology.
Weinstein was selected for meeting the GOLD Scholarship criteria including:
- Rising junior or senior
- GPA of at least 3.0
- Demonstrated financial need
- Commitment to the Stonehill community
Eva is a biology major following the pre-med track and while she hasn’t quite decided what type of medicine she’ll practice down the road, she is taking full advantage of the many opportunities to explore her options as a Stonehill student.
Currently, Eva is working on an independent research project under the direction of Gregory Maniero, Associate Professor of Biology. Together, they are exploring the immune system of frogs and the manner in which immune function changes in the face of environmental challenges. Eva also serves as a TA for a Cell Biology course where she works as both a lab assistant and a resource for students as they work to understand the material. Simply put, she says, “I love being around science,” and Eva reported that the robust science program, world class facilities and readily accessible faculty were all major reasons that she chose Stonehill.
In the spring of 2016, Eva will be taking her talents to the other side of the globe as she studies abroad in South Africa through a School for International Training (SIT) program. An internship during the summer of 2015 at the South End Community Health Center in Boston inspired her to pursue a program of study anchored in community health and public policy while abroad. Aside from her coursework, Eva will additionally be responsible for a personal research project as well. In the context of what is globally considered the largest and most high profile epidemic of HIV, Eva has chosen to explore questions surrounding access and treatment for these South African patients.
Outside the classroom, Eva also expresses her passion for personal health and fitness as a group exercise instructor in the newly expanded and renovated Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. Her class focuses on circuit training and she certainly practices what she preaches as she completed her first marathon last May. Dubbed the “Run for Brighter Days”, Eva took this opportunity to raise funds for suicide prevention saying, “It was a cool way to give back and raise a significant amount of money for a great cause even though I cannot write a big check myself.”
Having served as a Stonehill Phonathon caller during her freshman and sophomore years, Eva has cultivated a deeply rooted sense of appreciation for the role of philanthropy at the College. “It feels good to help raise money for Stonehill and on the phone, I can tell people that I wouldn’t have been able to go to Stonehill without scholarships.”
The GOLD Scholarship is funded entirely through the generosity of young alumni who have made giving back to Stonehill a priority in their lives. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior or senior with a strong academic record, demonstrated financial need and a commitment to the Stonehill community. GOLD giving plays a critical role in helping the College to provide valuable programs and services for current students like Eva. Thanks to our GOLD Scholarship donors, she is well on her way toward making a difference in the lives of many.
2014 – 2015: Haley Arsenault '15
2013 – 2014: Elyse Sutkus '14
2012 – 2013: Bryan Bosworth '14