For the third year in a row, CSL has awarded Promising Futures Scholarships to a group of U.S. employees and their dependents to improve diversity in the biotech industry, assist first-generation college students and help those who have overcome obstacles in pursuit of their studies and training.
“Secondary education is so important for a successful future and to lay the foundation for a promising future,” Nidhi Chaudhary, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, told winners of $10,000 Marquee Scholarships on a congratulatory call.
CSL CEO and Managing Director Paul McKenzie and Chief Human Resources Officer Elizabeth Walker also joined the video chat with the winners and asked them about their current studies and future plans.
Three Marquee scholarships went to top applicants attending college or university full time in pursuit of a bachelor's or graduate degree. Another 34 recipients received awards of either $2,500 or $5,000 to help cover the cost of technical school, vocational school, college or other advanced education for the 2023-24 academic year.
The Marquee winners are:
- Shelby Corbett, whose father is CSL employee Brian Corbett, is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in criminology at Pennsylvania State University. In her first year, Shelby led the Global Engagement Community and learned how to communicate more inclusively and cross-culturally by immersing herself in a living learning community dorm. Through this, she’s become more sensitive to what she says and how she says it - and learned that “we all are the same at our core.”
- Davin Metcalf, whose father is CSL Vifor employee Matt Metcalf, is a first-year undergraduate student majoring in biology at University of California Irvine. Davin actively volunteers with youth summer camps and after-school theater programs where he works to ensure children are seen and included. He is driven to bridge the gap between groups of people who may not naturally collaborate.
- Aditee Prabhutendolkar, whose mother is CSL employee Anuja Prabhutendolkar, is a three-time recipient of CSL’s Marquee Scholarship and a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in computational and neural systems at the California Institute of Technology. She aspires to become a physician-scientist and use her knowledge of medicine from different cultures to bridge gaps and positively impact patients. She intends to apply to medical school after completing her undergraduate degree.
Combining science and clinical work as Prabhutendolkar plans to do as a physician-scientist is “hard work and very special area to make a difference in,” McKenzie said on the call. She is aiming for Harvard Medical School and would like to both care for patients and revolutionize the field.
“It really is at the intersection of patient care and discovering new therapies…That is exactly where I’d like to be,” Prabhutendolkar said.