After Andrea Ibarra moved to the United States from Ecuador she taught people in her community how to speak English. She also worked with Alzheimer patients and abused women. Serving those who need help most, she came to appreciate how important it is for patients to have someone who cares for and understands them. That’s when Andrea decided she would become a doctor.
Now, Andrea is a junior at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, pursuing a career as an anesthesiologist. She is also one of 16 young women who received the 2014 Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship. The $2,500 award from Macy’s goes towards their education in healthcare.
In her career, Andrea says she wants to help provide better healthcare to communities at need and to educate people about the benefits of leading healthy lifestyles through good nutrition and physical activity. “Prevention through education can make a positive difference in our communities,” said Andrea, whose family has suffered from heart disease.
For more information about applying for this year’s Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship, please click here.