My name is Elias Banjar. I am a biochemistry/Spanish Major at Willamette. This picture depicts me during my study abroad experience in Granada, Spain, where I decided to grow out my hair!

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Elias Banjar

Hometown and State: Corvallis, OR
College or University Name: Willamette University
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Spanish
Class standing: Senior
Pronouns: he/him

Why was this scholarship meaningful to you?

The generosity of the Lonza Pharma Bend Scholarship will help me pay off my undergraduate student debt before I apply to medical school, providing me with more time and financial resources that will improve my chances of admission. Additionally, I am a first-generation college student with a very dissociated family, so I often feel very isolated financially and physically from them. This scholarship has provided additional support that I have needed to succeed academically. I sincerely thank all the donors and coordinators responsible for helping to make my dreams come true.

Why did you choose your college and major?

Biochemistry has many applications within the field of medicine and helps to further understand human physiology. It is one of the fundamental subjects for medical students.

After graduation, I plan to…

Attend medical school.

Anthony Benthin

Hometown and State: Beaverton, OR
College or University Name: George Fox University
Major: Biology
Minor: Biochemistry
Class standing: Sophomore
Pronouns: he/him

Why was this scholarship meaningful to you?

I am thankful for the thoughtfulness and support from a stranger. The Lonza Bend Inc. Scholarship will help me fulfill my dreams of contributing to how we practice medicine.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I chose to attend George Fox University because of the quality of reviews and the proximity to home.

After graduation, I plan to…

Apply to medical schools.

My wedding day

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I am playing the piano for my church event, and this is important to me because they played a huge role in my journey.

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Diana Bui

Hometown and State: Portland, OR
College or University Name: George Fox University
Major: Biochemistry
Class standing: Freshman
Pronouns: she/her

Why was this scholarship meaningful to you?

I am very appreciative for the Lonza Bend Inc. Scholarship because it helps support me during college. Thank you so much for this opportunity to allow me to pursue my dreams!

After graduation, I plan to…

I plan to continue my schooling and get a master’s then doctorate to become a pediatrician.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I am attending George Fox University because of its values and the promise to be known academically, spiritually, and personally. In addition, their Biochemistry major aligns with what I am planning to pursue.

Elan Hammons

Hometown and State: Keizer, OR
College or University Name: George Fox University
Major: Biochemistry
Class standing: Junior
Pronouns: he/him

Why was this scholarship meaningful to you?

I spent my first semester at George Fox University as a commuter which negatively affected my study time. However, due to financial generosity like the Lonza Pharma Scholarship, I spent last semester living on-campus which allowed me to excel academically earning a 4.0 GPA. Between donors like Lonza Pharma and extended family I now have the best possible situation to continue to succeed.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I chose George Fox University because it is near my hometown, and it is a Christian university which is compatible with my religious beliefs. I chose biochemistry as my major because I have always loved the life and physical sciences which are interests that will never change.

After graduation, I plan to…

Upon graduation, I will likely work as a research assistant in a medical or biological laboratory while continuing to discover new possibilities for continued career/academic advancement.

Me at a summer research program near my hometown.

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In my chemistry lab

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Edgar Villa

Hometown and State: Salem, OR
College or University Name: Willamette University
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology, Spanish
Class standing: Senior
Pronouns: he/him

Why was this scholarship meaningful to you?

It has helped me further my education without having to worry about the financial burden that comes with it.

Why did you choose your college and major?

I love chemistry! It’s art.

After graduation, I plan to…

Earn my PhD in organic chemistry and become a medicinal chemist.