Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2015 Scholarship winners!


Montaha Abdallah

Kiara Barnes, 2013

My name is Montaha Abdallah and I am a Barry University student. I have completed three years as a Chemistry major at Barry, and I am currently pursuing my last year of my undergraduate journey.

Since the day I could remember, I have always loved helping others, whether it may be people or animals. The purpose of my attendance at Barry University is to get closer to my dream of being a pharmacist by working towards my degree and also being involved in campus and community activities.

If you ever get the chance to meet me, you will be astonished at how motivated and determined I am in helping others and being successful in everything that I put my heart into. I hope to have a positive impact on current and future Barry University students and my community. I have faith that the voluntary services that I provided and still provide while being a Barry student will apply to those in great need.

As a Muslim female student, I face multiple stereotypes that I aim on putting an end to. Once I destroy them, I hope to inspire other students, who are also up against stereotypes, into finding strength, breaking those stereotypes, and shining through it all. Like many of my fellow students, I also made it out of a poor and corrupted community, where my only role model was my mother. I am here to join others and show those who are scared of taking a leap forward that no fear is worth losing a great opportunity. My purpose is to touch someone’s heart and positively change someone’s life.

LaShanta Saunders

Jan Bourne, 2012

I am originally from Grand Bahama, Bahamas. I acquired a B.Sc. in Pre-Health from Palm Beach Atlantic University and shortly after that, started my dual Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Services Administration. After completion of my Master’s degree, I started an internship with the American Cancer Society where I coordinated research efforts for their Prevention Study number three. During this pursuit, I spent a lot of time in hospitals and was inspired to finally pursue a clinical background.

I started Barry University’s Accelerated Nursing program in January 2014. I plan to incorporate all of the experiences I encountered throughout my graduate and nursing studies as well as my internship experiences into my long term goals in order to maximize my abilities as a professional.


Andre Camacho

Lisa Ermilus, 2013

Since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be in the medical field. I viewed doctors as “Superheroes” because I felt that had powers that not just any individual could have. Growing up in New York City, I loved it, but I always knew, a big part of my dreams were to venture out in the world, and achieve my education somewhere new in the world that I had yet to experience.

At the age of 15 years old, my father passed away from leukemia. My mother was abusive throughout my life, and became mentally unstable. She used all the social security funds that were available for the use of my care due to my father’s death, and didn’t save anything for me or my future. When I turned 17 years old, my Mother wanted to begin to date again, and felt I would be a “burden”. My mother kicked me out of the house, and my family warned me that there would be consequences if I took my mother to court to obtain the rights of receiving the social security funds I was entitled to.

After graduating high school, I didn’t think it would be possible for me to go to work full time, and attend college full time. When I finally acquired the courage to do so, I had to go through many steps in order to be able to claim independency, because my mother refused to both speak to me, or sign for any loans. Unfortunately, I didn’t, and still don’t have the resources to obtain private loans, and I was afraid I will be unable to afford to go to school in the first place. I ended up obtaining my independency, and achieving my Associates Degree in Arts & Sciences at Monroe College in the Bronx, New York. I’m proud to say, I graduated Summa Cum Laude as well. Soon after graduation, I was accepted to Barry University. My dreams have come true, and I’m living them. Thank you Barry University for helping me reach my goals, dreams, and being there for me.

Tamara Vuckovich

Danielle Martinez, 2012

I am Tamara Vuckovich, a rising senior at Barry University. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education. I was born and raised in New York City. My mother is from Serbia and my father is from Montenegro. I have two younger brothers. I have played for the Barry University women’s soccer team for the past three years and take great pride in our team’s success. Going to college outside of NYC was something I never thought I would do. Barry University has become a home away from home for me and I have been very happy.