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Pingdwinde Sam

2013-2014 Bengier University Scholarship Winner

"......I am originally from Burkina Faso, West Africa and moved to the United States in 2008 via a green card lottery. Since then, I have embraced the challenge of creating a life for others and myself. Starting Fall 2013, I will be a senior at SFSU with a major in Physiology."

"Working hard is a trait inherited from my family DNA and also environmental conditions. Coming from a low-income family and a poor country many doors were not open to me; just to cover basic and everyday needs was a challenge, but I found a way to preserve a rise. As a result, I have been involved locally through work and volunteering with SF Cornerstone church, SF Zoo, Kindred Healthcare, SFGH-Behavioral Health Center, UCSF Medical Center and now volunteer at UCSF Neurosurgery and PT lab; but that's not all, I am involved globally too. I founded Teebo, Inc a public and charitable nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian and benevolent assistance to the people of Burkina Faso. As a result, I enjoy to the best of my abilities 'Pass It On' to the underprivileged and needy for a bright future."

"The scholarship will provide me the opportunity to learn the culture of science and enhance my difficult situation to enter into a competitive graduate program and complete my PhD in the Biomedical Sciences."

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