An immigrant from Pakistan, Ayesha Riaz is no stranger to challenges. After her graduation from high school, Ayesha’s family moved to the United States so that she could further pursue her education. Having to quit her full-time job in order to enroll in the rigorous Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she dedicated herself to obtaining her bachelor’s degree despite the financial burden.
“When I discovered the profession of medical laboratory science, I believed that it would be a good career choice for me,” said Ayesha. “It seemed challenging, and it offered a great variety of career opportunities. But it was not possible for me to both pursue my degree and work full-time in order to pay for tuition. Receiving the GB365 scholarship helped me by reducing my financial burden and allowing me to focus more on my studies.”
We are committed to the success of laboratory science students and were impressed by Ayesha’s dedication, hard-work, and enthusiasm towards her future in this field. We were honored to present her with the GB365 scholarship. Ayesha graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in May 2019 and hopes to one day continue her education and obtain a master’s degree.
“I aim to become proficient in supporting the diagnosis and monitoring of treatment that contributes to quality patient care,” said Ayesha. “I am eager to apply my knowledge to give back to this profession and make a difference in people’s lives.”