Christina Zarek has been named a Creigh Weyer Scholar by the Creigh Foundation. These highly-selective, post-graduate scholarships are offered to Hastings College students with outstanding leadership potential.
Zarek, a junior from Grand Island, Nebraska, is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. She completed a biological research fellowship last summer that was funded by the National Science Foundation. This summer she will intern at the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center where she will be doing genetics research. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in molecular biology, with a focus on neurological diseases that have a genetic component.
The Creigh Weyer Scholarship offers up to $40,000 in grants to support graduate study in any field in the United States or overseas. The program also provides active mentoring, guidance and support from national senior leaders in business, government and academia.
Creigh Weyer Scholars are selected on the following criteria:
- Demonstrated leadership potential,
- High probability of becoming a leader with a substantial impact on his or her community,
- Highest ethical standards and integrity,
- Strong communication skills, and
- Strong academic record with likely acceptance by a first-rate graduate school.
Creigh Weyer Scholars have attended some of the finest graduate schools in the United States, including Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Purdue University Graduate School of Engineering, University of Texas Law School, Emory University School of Public Health, and Duke University School of Environmental Management.