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Kameryn Overton

Tuskegee University

Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Scholar: 2019

Kameryn Overton of Wichita Northeast Magnet School was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Lifelong Learning Scholarship and received a generous one-time scholarship.  Kameryn was born and raised in Wichita, along with her older sister Mikayla Overton.  Her parents are Troy and Michelle Overton.

Kameryn plans to major in public health, and ultimately become an epidemiologist.  Her natural talent in the areas of science and medicine, and fascination with studying the human body sparked her desire to pursue a career in the field.

Kameryn has studied under her school’s bio-medicine track since Freshman year while competing in Tennis and scholastic events such as Health Occupations Students of America.   And, she finds time to volunteer with youth gymnastics and school events.

Her service as class president has been one of the most meaningful experiences for Kameryn during high school because she learned how to tactfully communicate with teachers, peers, and people of varying perspectives.

Kameryn competed as a gymnast for ten years and believes that helped develop some of the qualities she admires about Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy, specifically, courage and integrity.   “We were told to try just as hard when your coach is watching even when you are practicing by yourself,” she said.  Trying her best, even when no one is watching, is a principle Kameryn applies across disciplines in her life.

She will take that principle with her as she plans to study abroad to learn about different cultures, to better address public health challenges in her community.

Kameryn believes the Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy scholarship is an amazing opportunity for students that comes at a time when college is out of reach for some students.  “This could change the life of a person,” she said, and calls her scholarship “a gift unlike anything else.”