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MaryLucy Nchomama

MaryLucy Nchomama is currently a senior at Thomas More College and plans to graduate in May, 2012 with a BA in Biology and a Concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology. MaryLucy came to Thomas More College via a non-traditional route, as she was born and educated in Kenya. Due to her excellent academic accomplishments, accompanied by her passion and drive for furthering her education, MaryLucy was selected by the Zawadi Africa Education Fund (Kenya) to participate in a program that enabled her to attend a partner college in the United States (i.e., Thomas More College). As described on their web site, the "Zawadi Africa Education Fund is a program designed to provide scholarships to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds from Africa to pursue higher education in the US"*. It was quite clear early on in her academic career that MaryLucy not only has the intelligence to successfully compete with her US college peers, but also possesses a passionate and resolute desire to accomplish her educational and career goals. To that end, MaryLucy has been a model student: although somewhat quiet, she attends and engages in her classes and labs, is always willing to challenge and improve herself, and takes advantage of both curricular and extracurricular opportunities. As evidenced by her transcript and GPA (3.6), she has performed admirably in all her non-science as well as science courses, earning a place on the Dean's Honors List every semester that she has attended Thomas More College. As might be deduced from her fine academic record, MaryLucy's English is excellent and does not in any way detract from her ability to acquire, or convey, information.

Since coming to Thomas More College, MaryLucy has taken full advantage of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that are available to her. Most impressive perhaps, has been her willingness to participate in presentations that involve sharing her experiences in Kenya with those of the Thomas More Community ("Education in Kenya" and "Way of Living in Kenya). In addition, Marylucy is a member of the βββ Biological Honors Society (elected as vice president for her senior year). She has also joined and taken an involved role in activities sponsored by the Biology Club (served dinner at the Henry Hosea House Soup Kitchen; participated in a holiday event for disadvantaged children, Winter Wonderland) and the Out-Door Adventures Club (whitewater rafting). MaryLucy has been an integral part of the International Student Society, acting as secretary and participating in fundraising events. MaryLucy has participated in Habitat for Humanity Projects, specifically one that took place in Lafeyette, LA. Finally, Marylucy is quite athletic and played women's soccer for Thomas More College, earning a position on the Presidential Athletic Conference All Academics Honor Roll.

MaryLucy's willingness to contribute to her education from a financial perspective has also been impressive. She applied for and received the position of work study student for the Biology Department. This appointment requires the acquisition of basic laboratory skills, and MaryLucy has mastered a number of these techniques. In addition, MaryLucy has worked as a tutor (chemistry and biology courses) and as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions and at the Thomas More College Biology Field Station. These undertakings further serve to highlight the strong commitment that MaryLucy has to achieving her educational goals.

Marylucy is one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a dentist; she was recently accepted into and plans to attend the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.