If you’ve ever encountered a first-responder in an emergency, you know that you have come in contact with an unsung hero called to duty by a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves. You may never learn his or her name or know his or her story, but you remain forever grateful for their service.
Katherine Hurrle, daughter of Karen Murphy & Albert Hurrle, has that calling and recently, she received her fire and EMT certifications while attending the Van Buren Technology Center as part of her dual-enrollment at Dowagiac Union High School. She recently earned a $1,000 scholarship from us with her video essay and application.
Her ultimate goal is to become a trauma surgeon, and she hopes her experience as an EMT will help her achieve her dream. “Since I was little, I’ve wanted to be a doctor. I loved my pediatricians who inspired me to enter the field,” said Katie when we met with her recently. “Now that I have earned my EMT certification, I have confidence that I can do this, and I know that hard work pays off.” In fact, her hard work led to her finishing at the top of her class for both EMT and fire.
During high school, Katie also served as vice president of the National Technical Honors Society and member of the National Honor Society. She ran cross country, was a cheerleader and played varsity soccer. “Soccer has been a passion of mine. I’ve been playing basically since I started walking, and the sport helped me become who I am. I love being part of a team.”
Katie will play soccer for Cornerstone University, and while she’s unsure of what to expect from this next phase in her life, she’s excited and looking forward to the challenge.
If you have a student entering his or her senior year of high school and are interested in the scholarship program, please continue to follow our blog as we will post information on 2018 scholarships in the coming months.