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Student shares her story of support and success

June 13, 2019

Lena Rammouni gives thanks to the donors who brought her one step closer to achieving her dream of becoming a physician

Lena Ramouni and her parents
Lena Ramouni and her parents
Celebrating Donors student speaker, Lena Rammouni (center), with her parents, Brenda and David Rammouni.

Hello everyone, my name is Lena Rammouni.

I am a recent graduate from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This April I graduated with high honors and distinction with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Behavioral and Biological Sciences.

During my time at the University, I was heavily involved in Research and extracurriculars, such as: being president of a pre-medical organization, working as a Hospice volunteer, and volunteering at a student-run clinic in Detroit.

A little bit more background about me. During my junior year of high school, my father at the age of 39 years old suffered a massive stroke. He underwent three surgeries, was induced into a coma, and intubated. The stroke ultimately left him unable to walk or perform basic motor functions

This was a very difficult time in my life, but it provided me with even a stronger desire to pursue my aspiration of becoming a physician. I want to be a physician that provides quality care to my patients, just like my father’s physicians did for him and my family.

During his recovery, the dynamic of my family changed. As the eldest, I assisted my mother as a co-caregiver for my father: assisting him with his wheelchair and attending his rehabilitation sessions. I learned how to balance family duties with school and work.

I am a first-generation college student and scholarships are important because they give students, like me, hope and confidence that they can achieve their educational endeavors.

I have worked hard to make my family proud and to serve as a role-model for my younger brothers. My family has always been supportive of me since day one and continue to push me to be the best I can be.

Now my father is able to walk alone with a cane, drive, and perform daily tasks. Both my father and mother are here with me today.

This ordeal ultimately led me to my decision to attend the University of Michigan-Dearborn, being that it is close to home.

I wouldn’t be standing up here today if it wasn’t for the unconditional support from my family and the generosity from scholarship donors.

I am a first-generation college student and scholarships are important because they give students, like me, hope and confidence that they can achieve their educational endeavors.

I have received many scholarships throughout my time at the University, one being the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Alumni Affiliate scholarship, where I was 1 of 5 students chosen to receive a scholarship for my final year at the University

There is nothing more rewarding than being noted for my accomplishments; it reinforces that people believe in me and that I am actually making an impact on those around me. The scholarship has provided me with the means necessary to continue my education

Your investment in my education humbles me, and I am driven to create a fully rewarding educational experience for myself. Receiving scholarships has greatly reduced the financial burden on my family, given me peace of mind, and allowed me to continue to pursue my educational dream of becoming a physician. The scholarships have ensured my success in the future.

I was taught to give back when you can; I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. Thank you for helping me believe in mine.

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