The “Be The Solution” Scholarship is awarded to a select group of rising seniors in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences who have demonstrated outstanding academic accomplishment at Maryland, as well as financial need. Students are nominated for this award by the College. No application materials are required.

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences is pleased to present its current “Be The Solution” Scholars:

Steven Clark
Outside of his academic work as a Government and Politics major, Steven is a member of the UMD College Republicans, where he had the honor of serving as the club president for the past year. He was recently elected the chairman of their statewide organization, the Maryland Federation of College Republicans. In this capacity, he has volunteered for the Hogan Campaign and State Senate campaigns across the state as they gear up for the 2018 elections. This semester, he interned at the Maryland General Assembly in the office of Sen. Michael Hough. Outside of his political work, Steven is a brother of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. During his time here at UMD, Steven has been on the Dean's List for four out of five semesters. After graduation, he plans to work as a legislative/policy aide on either Capitol Hill or at the State House in Annapolis. After taking a few years off from school and getting his career started, he intends to pursue a Masters of Public Policy degree. In the long-term future, Steven wants to run for public office. Public service is his passion and he wants to dedicate his life's work to representing and giving back to his community. Being elected to serve in Congress is Steven's dream job.
Katie Heil
Katie is pursuing a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. During her free time outside of class, Katie enjoys kayaking, reading, and traveling to new places. Before attending the University of Maryland, Katie spent two years volunteering at a domestic violence agency in her hometown in Illinois. There, she received a domestic violence advocacy certification. Upon her acceptance to the University of Maryland, she received the President's Transfer Award. Katie is a member of She's the First where she and other University of Maryland students raise scholarship money for children in low-income countries. She is also in her current term as an appointed undergraduate member of the University of Maryland Student Conduct Committee. Katie has also been assisting professors with their research for a textbook on human trafficking. Her time with this research began following a study abroad trip to Thailand and Cambodia volunteering and studying human trafficking in an international context. Following graduation, Katie intends to work with a non-governmental organization to help address human rights violations, gender-based violence, or international conflict.
Ngoc Nguyen
Ngoc is a senior currently working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is involved in research on campus with the Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab led by Professor Elizabeth Redcay. She is also a member of Psi Chi International Honors Society for Psychology, and works as an Office Assistant for the Department of Linguistics. Ms. Nguyen volunteers at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware each summer, where she works with a clinical liaison to assist nurses with patient and family needs in the Emergency Department. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school. Her goal is to become a pediatrician, as she has a passion for medicine and working with children. She hopes to one day be able to travel around the world on medical missions trips to serve underprivileged communities and underdeveloped countries.
Jayme O'Connor
Jayme is a senior majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Statistics. Outside of classes, Jayme interns at Cornerstone Montgomery. There, Jayme mentors adults with mental health disabilities to help advance their skill sets in social skills, budgeting, health management, and organization. Additionally, Jayme is the Vice President of External Affairs for Active Minds. Active Minds is a club that aims to decrease the stigma of mental health illnesses on UMD's campus. Over the last two years, Jayme has worked extremely hard to make Dean's List every semester. After graduation, Jayme plans to attend graduate school to advance her psychology degree.
Madison Suarez
Madison is a senior Hearing and Speech Sciences major. She is involved in Cochlear Implant and Auditory Localization Research within UMD and is a member of NSCS, Order of Omega, and the National Mortar Board honor societies. She is also involved in Zeta Tau Alpha and was an executive leader of Revolutions Dance Ensemble. Madison completed a one-year internship as a character performer with the Disney College Program in 2017 and continues her work with the Walt Disney Company. After graduation, she plans to spend a year working part-time performing for Walt Disney World and part-time as an audiology assistant and newborn hearing screener. She also plans on pursuing her Doctorate of Audiology in the Fall of 2020.

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences is pleased to present its "Be The Solution" Scholars Alumni:

Class of 2018:

  • Zachariah Borkowski
  • Atousa Motameni
  • Tenni Kim Idler
  • Maria-Emilia Newlands
  • Cara Elise Traub

Class of 2017:

  • Austin Burdette
  • Laura Hipple
  • Meredith Johnston
  • Tatiana Lopez
  • Bailey Pendergast
  • Laura Saldana
  • Alyson Schapira
  • Connor Semelsberger
  • Tracy Wilkinson

Class of 2016:

  • Victoria Conrad
  • Tinsae Gebriel
  • Samantha Jay
  • Noah Johnson
  • Sydney Smith

Class of 2015:

  • Emily Dooley
  • Assad Hayat
  • Kadeem Khan
  • Jennifer Rollman
  • Sean Turner