Scholarship Recipients Honor Donors

Students and donors came together to recognize those who had helped them achieve their dreams at Weber State University. Scholarship recipients of the Dumke College of Health Professions thanked the donors at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center March 18.

Alumnus Joshua Pulido thanked the donors, telling them he was able to pursue his education in clinical laboratory sciences because of a donor scholarship. In 2000, Pulido’s mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He wanted to stay close to his family while he went to school, so he attended WSU. Two years later, his mother died. He left WSU to mourn, but when he returned in 2003, he was welcomed back like family. WSU’s family atmosphere eventually led him to run for health professions student senator, which he won.

Pulido said his education prepared him well for the workforce. Six months after graduating, he accepted a job as a lab manager. “I knew I had been taught everything I needed to know,” he said. Pulido was also confident in the WSU students he hired. “I knew they were well educated and ready to work right out of college.”

Pulido is currently the senior director of strategic marketing at Hologic, a global healthcare and diagnostics company. He holds Weber State near to his heart and gives back to the Dumke College. “I valued my education from Weber State University and now I can make a difference and give back,” he said.

Another student, dental hygiene senior Stephanie Carranza, shared how grateful she was for the scholarships she received. A first-generation student, Carranza started to save money to pay for school from a young age. “My parents really encouraged me to attend college and I wanted to study dental hygiene just like my older sister, so I came to Weber State.”

Unfortunately, one month before her older sister was set to graduate, she passed away from cancer. “I would watch my sister sit in her chemo chair and complete her homework. As I graduate this year, I am completing my goal but accomplishing my sister’s dream.”

Carranza said she is grateful to WSU for treating her like family and allowing her to move forward in her career.