Sophia finds inspiration in the words of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air: “Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” Currently set to pursue a biochemistry major, she has plans to become a doctor and thus combine her two greatest passions: helping people and helping advance science. As someone who grew up in Bloomington, she already feels at home at IU, but that doesn’t curb her excitement about living on the beautiful campus, joining the diverse student body, or pursuing the number of research opportunities available. If you are very lucky, you might be able to convince her to bake you a fruit mousse cake for your birthday – a family tradition that holds a special place in her heart. Sophia would like to thank her parents for constantly demonstrating selfless love and modeling inspirational behavior, and especially her dad for teaching her about resiliency and how to seek meaningful experiences. She is the most recent of a long and distinguished line of Scholars from Bloomington High School South.

Sophia will hold the Willis Hickam scholarship.