Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Indiana.
“I was blessed with excellent grades,” she says, “and I could
have gone to school just about anywhere.” She chose Marian
University for a whole lot of reasons—not the least of which
was the ability to prepare for a career in medicine. Because
she is a 21st Century Scholar, a portion of her tuition is paid
for by the state. And, the university’s San Damiano Scholars
Program gives Solis additional financial support, along with
the spiritual grounding to turn her calling into a reality.
“The 21st Century Scholars Program is fantastic. There’s
always someone there to help you when you need it, and you
can tell how much they care,” she says.
“After working as a certified nursing assistant in nursing
homes and home health, I have felt a calling to work with the
elderly,” says Solis. “I feel that I can best serve my patients
as a doctor. I want to strive for holistic care that treats
the body, mind, and spirit. I will begin studies at Indiana
University School of Medicine in fall 2011.”
How does being a San Damiano Scholar support Solis’ future
as a doctor? “It’s a ministry,” she says. “A lot of passion and
compassion go into medicine. Taking care of the body is like
taking care of the soul. It’s about dignity of the individual.”
With the help of the supportive Marian University community
and the guidance of her excellent professors, Solis feels
that she has built the necessary foundation to live a life of
effective ministry. “My advisor and my science professors
guided me along each step of the way,” Solis says.