A National Merit Scholar and a National AP Scholar, Tiffany was designated a Distinguished Graduate with Academic Honors by Carmel High School, where she was a member of the state champion symphony orchestra and organized two TEDxCarmelHighSchool conferences. She was active in United Sound, a program that mentors special needs students through music, and selected for Indiana’s All-State Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Side-by-Side program. She won Gold medals on viola in state solo and ensemble competitions and twice placed second in state piano competitions. A graphic designer for the school newspaper, she was also a prose reader on the staff of The Adroit Journal literary publication. She plans to major in biology and English, because they tell the story of life, and to pursue a career in global health and medicine. On that path, she was selected to participate in Molecular Medicine in Action at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, a program that introduces high school students to scientific methods used to understand the basis for and processes in major diseases. This past summer she studied Mandarin and Chinese culture in China on a scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth administered by the U.S. Department of State.

Fond of the Kansas state motto—“Ad Astra per Aspera,” or, “To the Stars through Difficulties,” she notes that it doesn’t hurt to aim high because you never know where you might go.

She will hold the Class of 1952 Scholarship in the Wells Scholars Program.