Giving Thanks: Scholarship Helps Biology Major Prepare for Career in Trauma Surgery

by | Nov 7, 2019 | Faces of Fulbright, In Their Own Words, Scholarships, Student Success

This November, members of our Fulbright College Family are sharing expressions of gratitude, letters of thanks and their appreciation for those who have helped make their educational journey possible. 

Meet Carlos Alvarado, who thanks to the Francis Greer & Herman Harrison Hankins Endowed Scholarship, is one step closer to making his dream of becoming a trauma surgeon a reality. 

Francis Greer & Herman Harrison Hankins Endowed Scholarship Recipient Carlos Alvarado

Hometown: Bryant, AR
Anticipated Graduation: 2021
Major(s)/Minor(s): Major in Biology
Activities/Interests: I plan on joining Alpha Epsilon Delta which is a pre-medical honors society and the League of United Latin American Citizens. My out of school activities include riding my bike and going to the lake.
Career Aspirations: I plan on pursuing a career in trauma surgery.

In his own words:

I am honored to be selected as the 2019 recipient of the Francis Greer & Herman Harrison Hankins Endowed Scholarship. It is because of your generosity that I will be able to reduce my hours at work and focus more on school.

I am currently a junior pursuing a major in biology. My plan is to attend medical school and pursue a career in trauma surgery.

Since my freshman year, I have worked a full-time job in order to pay for my school. Being a full-time worker and a full-time student put a lot of strain on me. The little time I had was put towards studying and homework.

Being awarded this scholarship allows me to finally switch to a part-time job and focus more on school, as well as engage in extracurriculars and better prepare for medical school.

I plan to volunteer in my community and hopefully shadow doctors at local clinics. This scholarship has also given me the opportunity to be an example to my family as a first-generation college student.

Thank you for being a donor to the school. Your generosity will help me and many future students achieve their goals.


Carlos Alvarado

For more information about the Francis Greer & Herman Harrison Hankins Endowed Scholarship, or to make a year-end gift to support it, please give online now, or contact Fulbright College’s Office of Development and External Relations at 479-575-3712, or email

Andra Parrish Liwag

Director of Communications, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences 

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