“The SCICU Student of the Year scholarship means so much to me,” Getz said. “The $3,000 award will help me pay for my senior year at Newberry.”
Getz, a senior majoring in biology, is ranked among the top ten percent of science majors at Newberry. The student athlete plays on the Newberry College women’s basketball team and is a leader of the Newberry Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her athletic leadership includes serving as assistant coach of the Newberry Academy high school basketball team – all while mentoring girls in science and math and holding weekly devotionals.
“SCICU is proud to honor Andrea with the Student of the Year scholarship,” said Dr. Jeff Perez, SCICU President and CEO. “She sets an excellent example for her classmates and for the Newberry community.”
Outside the classroom, Getz has excelled in her internships and opportunities for interactions with practitioners made possible by her participation in the Future Medical Professionals of America. This invaluable experience will greatly help her in her pursuit of postgraduate study in physical therapy and becoming a pediatric physical therapist.
The SCICU Student of the Year recipient is chosen from rising junior or senior applicants attending SCICU member colleges and universities. All applicants must also be S.C. Tuition Grant recipients. Applications are accepted by the Center for Scholarship Administration in Greenville, and an independent three-person panel annually selects the student who will receive the SCICU Student of the Year scholarship. The scholarship program honors J. Lacy McLean and Sterling L. Smith. McLean advocated for independent higher education in S.C. for over 34 years. Smith was instrumental in the development of the S.C. Tuition Grants program.