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NIH Scholar Speaks at National Press Club

By Matthew Holder

"Please know that with all the things money can buy, [a] scholarship has the ability to purchase hope," said OrLando Yarborough III, an NIH scholarship recipient, at a National Press Club event held on May 1 to kick off May as National Scholarship Month.

Yarborough, a participant in the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP), said, "The NIH UGSP financially secured my education, allowing me to completely focus on achieving academic excellence…The program took that which was out of my reach, and physically placed it within my hands." The UGSP is managed by the Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship, OD (see for detailed information and application materials).

OrLando Yarborough III (l), a participant in the NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program, meets with Dr. William C. Nelson, president of Scholarship America, the organization that organizes National Scholarship Month.

Yarborough, a senior and a Meyerhoff scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will begin an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at Yale in the fall. This summer will be his third internship at NIH, training under the mentorship of Dr. Roland Owens, senior investigator in NIDDK's Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Other speakers during the two days of kickoff events included Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, Miss America 2003 Erika Harold and Claes Nobel, a member of the Nobel Prize family and founder of the National Society of High School Scholars.

National Scholarship Month was created in 1998 to raise awareness about the need for scholarships and to encourage individuals, organizations and corporations to support scholarships. According to USA Today, a quarter of the brightest low-income students don't go to college because of costs, and over the next decade, some 6 million qualified students may not go to college due to costs.

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