I was finishing up my last couple of credits, and I got an email saying, ‘Congratulations you’ve been awarded this Presidential Scholarship.’ My mom works all night, so she sleeps during the day, but I called her phone nonstop and I was like, ‘You’re not going to believe what just happened. I got a full tuition scholarship. I can’t believe it.’ I started crying, she started crying. It was incredible to know that that was going to be taken care of and I didn’t have to worry about it. I was so happy to get into medical school but immediately right after there was this impending doom and pit in my stomach that I don’t know how I’m going to afford this. I know I’m good enough to be a doctor, but I don’t know if I have the finances to be a doctor. And that’s something that I don’t think anybody should ever feel.”
—Jennifer Werekeitzen, OHSU School of Medicine, Class of 2021
Jennifer Werekeitzen spent much of her young life as part of an undocumented family, which disqualified her for federal loans throughout college. OSHU donors stepped in to support this promising young doctor.
“ I wouldn’t be where I am now without having had OHSU’s support to be with my family and then come back and focus on my education. I want to be as good a provider as my mom was. She would never leave a stone unturned with her patients. So, every patient I see, I want to treat them to the best of my ability.”
—Scarlett Kettwich, OHSU School of Dentistry Graduate
Scarlett is carrying on the family tradition of practicing compassionate medical care, regardless of circumstance. Scholarships from OHSU helped her return to school to fulfill her dream of becoming a dentist.