Congratulations to Georges Camille Motchoffo Simo, who has been named a Spence Scholar!
“I was born in Ebolowa, Cameroon. I was raised by a single mother with two older brothers. I moved to the US at the age of 18, not knowing a word of English.
My dream of all time is to become an MD/Ph.D. in Neurosurgery. I have been dreaming of becoming a researcher while working in the medical field for my very first day of middle school. I grew up thinking that college was not an option for me because of financial and family reasons. I have been working with all my being to make that dream come true since I have moved to America from learning the language to get more and more involved in research from as much as possible. I would love to go to UW MSTP program after I graduate.
After completing my Ph.D., MD and residency, I would love to take my summers off every year or so to affiliate myself with Doctors without Borders to go across the world provide care to people who have been forgotten and can’t afford care. I would love to run a lab while being a surgeon in a hospital focused on Neurosurgery. I want to run a lab in the domain of drug delivery for tumors that are not surgically removable and to pursue research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
I would love to bring more joy and hope to the black community by showing them that there is hope for them to do great things. I want to show them that they are called for greatness and that there is so much more out there for them besides being a statistic. I have seen so much potential in the youth that I would like to give whatever I can to help them accomplish their dreams just as I am accomplishing mine.”
We are so proud of you, Georges!
To read more about the Alan R. Spence Transfer Support Fund and to read about the other Spence Scholars, visit https://expd.uw.edu/scholarships/stories/alan-r-spence-transfer-support-fund/.