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Maria Margarita Barrameda received a $3000 ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship to begin her biology and neuroscience studies at the University of San Francisco. A few years ago, Maria began suffering from dermatological problems. While receiving treatment, she realized that she could help others with similar issues and decided to become a dermatologist.

Maria explains, “My lifetime goal has always been to have a career in the medical field, most preferably to become a doctor. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I realized that I want to pursue a career as a dermatologist. My attraction towards this occupation comes from my own experience as an individual with severe skin problems. During my freshman year in high school, I developed severe atopic dermatitis and alopecia and with the side effects of the medication that I was taking I had photosensitivity and lupus. I became determined to help others who have been handicapped by their skin disorder. Additionally, there are not enough dermatologists in military hospitals – especially overseas. In ten years, I see myself finally concluding medical school and beginning my career as a dermatologist in the military.”

Maria Margarita Barrameda

As Maria was graduating high school, her father was completing his military obligations. Now that the family is “civilian,” Maria reflects on growing up as a military child stating, “I will not deny that I had wished I had my father with me more while I was growing up. I cherish the moments when my father taught me how to ride a bike and play basketball. By encouraging me to be competitive in sports and academics, he influenced my outlook on life. All these things my dad tried to do in those short precious moments when he was not proudly serving our country. Looking back helps me realize that I am blessed and fortunate. The sacrifices that my father made, along with our family’s sacrifices, made us better individuals. Being a military child helped me see three different worlds: my family, our country and my own world. These three worlds are interconnected. I had to realize that one will not exist without the other two. This view has helped me get to where I am now. I am a goal oriented individual who cares about God, my family, my country and neighbors.”

Certainly Maria’s father taught her well. Though she has only just begun her studies, Maria is already a dedicated student involved in the University Scholars Program, the Tri-Beta Association, the Pre-AMSA club and the Neuroscience Club. In addition to all of her study-related activities, Maria makes time to be involved with the University Campus Ministry and Women’s Basketball Intramurals.

Maria is comfortably settled into college life and she wishes to express her gratitude to those who support ThanksUSA, especially the ESA Foundation: “I am extremely grateful to be a recipient of the ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship. I am very pleased to tell you that receiving this scholarship have not only contributed to my financial obligation to my school but also to my family’s financial situation. Having board and lodging, books and miscellaneous stipends to worry about, your help has alleviated most of these concerns. Now, I am well situated in my dorm, I have a year meal plan, a semester worth of bus passes, complete books and other school supplies.”

We’re so happy that you are embracing your education, Maria! ThanksUSA wishes you all the best in completing your undergrad studies and pursuing your dreams of becoming a dermatologist within the military healthcare system…our military personnel and their families deserve the best medical care.

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