GRC student earns scholarship from global company

Published 12:05 pm Friday, May 5, 2017

George Rogers Clark High School student Lindsey Highley has been named the recipient of a newly established scholarship from global company Royal DSM.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be in the senior-level course of their respective program and complete an independent study that will be presented to a panel of DSM judges. The student must also complete an essay on how he or she plans to use the knowledge gained in the program to improve the lives of people around the world. 

Recently, DSM created the Project Lead The Way scholarship opportunity for $2,500. The scholarship will be awarded each year to one biomedical sciences student and one engineering student at GRC, according to a news release about the scholarship.

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Highley’s project involved studying monoclonal antibodies and the possibility of using them as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease in the future.

“I’d like to thank DSM for this opportunity and Mrs. Brown for guiding me through it, along with the creation of my project,” Highley said.

She will be attending Eastern Kentucky University in the fall, where she will major in pre-medicine.

Highley said her ultimate goal is to graduate from medical school and become an emergency room physician, where she feels she can make the most impact.

Because GRC’s engineering program is only in its second year, there was no opportunity to award the engineering scholarship this year. However, Engineering students from GRC will be able to apply for the scholarship when the senior-level course is offered in the future.

According to Royal DSM’s website, the company is a science-based organization active in health, nutrition and materials. DSM works in the food, dietary supplement, medical device, automotive, electrical and electronics industries in addition to others. It and its associated companies generate net sales of about €10 billion and employs 25,000 people.

DSM’s Winchester location, 555 Rolling Hills Lane, works with nutritional products for the Western Hemisphere.