Graduation Year: 2018
Third-year student Brittany Pomilee’s ability to juggle her pre-med studies and leadership roles in four student organizations has earned her All-Star status at Maryville University.
The Dr. Donald M. Suggs scholarship recipient credits resources offered by Maryville for being able to continue to be a top-notch student.
“It’s not easy, but with the resources our university offers like peer tutoring, technology help, and my mentors, I’ve always felt confident in myself to push through and achieve what I want academically and in my organizations,” says Pomilee.
Pomilee has leadership roles in four organizations on campus: Vice President of the Association of Black Collegians (ABC), Secretary of the Pre-Health Society, Senator in Maryville Student Government (MSG) and Lead Orientation Coordinator of Saints Nation.
“I wanted to follow my passion of learning outside the classroom, and hopefully make a positive impact on Maryville’s campus,” says Pomilee.
Pomilee plans on attending medical school to become a pediatric cardio-thoracic surgeon after graduating from Maryville in 2019. She carries a 3.0 GPA as a pre-med major and has started evaluating medical schools in Missouri or Illinois.
She selected Maryville for her undergrad because she had received a glowing review from a friend.
“A friend from high school had bragged about how much she loved Maryville so I decided to look into the university, and I instantly fell in love with the small community and the engaging faculty and staff who want to be there and influence their students to do what they love,” says Pomilee.
After applying to Maryville, the school offered her the prestigious Dr. Donald M. Suggs scholarship. This scholarship serves African-American undergraduate, academically strong students. The scholarship honors the continuing legacy of Dr. Donald M. Suggs, publisher of The St. Louis American newspaper, and longtime philanthropist and community leader.
“When I found out that I had been awarded the Dr. Donald M. Suggs scholarship, I was practically speechless,” says Pomilee. “I remember my family and I just crying tears of joy. I am incredibly blessed to have been given this opportunity to further my education without any debt. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Suggs as well as Maryville University and specifically, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on campus for giving me the scholarship.”