by Emily Vontom, Published January 09, 2013
Eastern Michigan University freshman Alexa Salsbury has dreams of being a doctor. Her dreams a few steps closer to coming true thanks to the Presidential Scholarship, an elite four-year award that pays for 30 credit hours of tuition, room and board and mandatory fees.
Salsbury, a biochemistry and toxicology major, has always found the medical field to be fascinating and wants to be a trauma surgeon.
"Many people find a pre-med major to be rigorous," she said. "I really love challenging myself. The profession is so dynamic. As a trauma surgeon, I would have the variety to work with a variety of different people."
A native of Delta, Ohio, Salsbury chose Eastern after learning how approachable her professors would be, she says.
Not all of her time is spent studying, though. Salsbury is also a member of the chemistry club and plays volleyball.
"I enjoy having the opportunity to meet so many people," said Salsbury. "I am looking forward to helping run the Presidential Scholarship Competition."
Presidential Scholars are selected during Eastern's annual Presidential Scholarship Competition in December. Awards are based on a competitive exam. To compete, high school seniors must have either a 3.7 GPA, with a minimum of a 25 ACT or 1,150 SAT score.