Q & A with 2017 Scholarship Winner Maria Dozier

Q: Where are you from?
A: Ypsilanti, Michigan

Q: Where do you go to school currently and what is your major?
A: The University of Florida, Sustainability

Q: Where did you find the Ted Rollins scholarship?
A: The Ted Rollins scholarship was actually matched to me and my environmental interests on FastWeb.com

Q: How has the scholarship helped you in your college career? 
A: With the help of the Ted Rollins scholarship, I was able to eliminate my use of loans in my financial aid process entirely. Not owing any money to my University helped me become more financially stable and also took away the stress that comes with college finances. Overall the scholarship has helped me focus on my studies in sustainability and wildlife protection rather than paying off loans.

Q: What is your advice to others searching for scholarships?
A: My advice is to fill out as many scholarship applications as you can and do not feel discouraged if you end up not getting the scholarships that you want. There are plenty of tools out there for you to be successful, all you have to do is reach out and grab them.

Q: What are your plans for after college?
A: After college I hope to work as a conservationist for wildlife biodiversity, and create sustainable ways to use our resources here on Earth without depleting our biosphere.