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Emma Johnson

A CFWNC scholarship has made my and my parents’ lives so much easier. Without the added financial stress of loans, I’ve been able to focus on my academic career and take advantage of opportunities that I might not have been able to otherwise.

Emma with birds.
Emma Johnson is currently a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill working toward a major in biology with a minor in classics.

This summer, for example, I was fortunate enough to be one of four undergraduates chosen to do field research in Molas Pass, Colorado, for Dr. Keith Sockman. We worked 8 hours a day, 7 days a week for 2 months studying a population of Lincoln’s sparrows. If I had not received scholarships to finance my education, I highly doubt that I would have been able to take advantage of that amazing opportunity. It was an invaluable experience that introduced me to the world of scientific research, and I am so thankful that I was able to participate.

This semester I started volunteering in a lab at the medical school, studying binge-eating behavior in adolescent rats. While I’m still not sure of my plans after college – I’ve admittedly gone back and forth between a few majors – I do know that I would like to do some sort of research, most likely in the medical field. Both the field work and the lab work have piqued my curiosity and desire to work hard to get into a good graduate school, wherever I decide to go.

I would like to thank the CFWNC donors for their continued support, and let them know how much it means to me that they are willing to give their time and money so that I may further my education. The scholarships that they make possible have given me so much opportunity.