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Endowment helped Daniels chase her dream of becoming a doctor

Attending LSU as an undergrad provided a lot of firsts for Daniels, the first time she had been so far from home, on her own, and being the first in her immediate family to go to college.

"The first time I went to LSU, that was the first time I'd ever seen minority students who had parents who went to college, didn't have to have a job (while attending school), who probably had a nice car," Daniels said.

"I had never seen that in rural Kentucky. The one thing I would say is it was an inspiration. I thought these are peope you need to see when you're younger. So, if I could be that (inspiration) for somebody else, I definitely needed to build myself up so I can be that in the future."

With what she achieved, Daniels could certainly be an inspiration to others.

"I went somewhere by myself, eight hours away (from home), worked multiple jobs, did well and still graduated early," she said.

Daniels, 22, is currently working at Tilghman as a math instructional assistant and helping coach track to serve as a mentor to today's high school students. She is headed to medical school in the fall, this time a little closer to home at the University of Kentucky.

A biochemistry major, Daniels admits her mind is "pretty much open" as to what kind of medicine she will pursue. She has always had an interest in forensic sciences, and is thinking about a career in emergency medicine.

In a brief essay relating her experience with the MCCCE program, Daniels offered this summation: "Without God and my support system, which MCCCE has been an intergral part of, none of this would have been possible."

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