Hi, my name is Merlyn Jacob and I am the first recipient to the Raymond Harrison (“HAP”) scholarship. This scholarship was given to me by Adam Bailey and it really did mean a lot to me.
I go to Rutgers University and I originally was not going to get this scholarship…and I didn’t know I was going to get the scholarship until I went to the Academic Dinner and he generously gave me the first year scholarship for Rutgers University. Originally I was only suppose to get it for one year and Adam graciously extended it to four years and so I got a full ride to Rutgers University and I can’t thank him enough for that. School tuition can cost a lot of money and it could be a real struggle for certain families.
For me personally my father passed away when I was younger and my mom raised three children on her own. This scholarship has really done really good for me and my family financially. If it wasn’t for him, I would probably be taking out loans and trying to pay off the tuition myself. Just knowing that I got a full ride it’s really great. It’s something that I could always say that I got when I was in college and its all thanks to Adam.
Knowing Adam for almost four years now has definitely been a blessing for me. He doesn’t just stop at giving the tuition. He really does reach out to me and we have kept in touch since my senior year of high school and right now I am entering my senior year of college. Those four years has been a great blessing. He definitely gave me a lot of opportunities that I probably would not have been able to get on my own.
It’s really tough to get internships. Since my freshman year of college, he has helped me to get these internships at top rated universities, like Columbia University. I have been in contact with great people there and I got to meet great doctors, intelligent doctors and I got to do research on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and it really did open my eyes and I got to see different sides of the medical field that I never seen before. It definitely was hands on and I got to learn a lot and again thanks to Adam.
This summer, I will again be working at Columbia University. I will be working with Dr. Sheborsky and his team and we will be looking at survival rates of neurons. It’s very hands on and I am really grateful to be doing it because I will be working with very intelligent people and Columbia University is rated top ten in the nation and to get an internship working with these intelligent people is definitely a great opportunity and thanks to Adam and these last three years working with him it’s definitely been very helpful for me and gives me an advantage of the grad schools that I will be applying to this year.
My advice to scholarship winners is truthfully, keep in touch with Adam Leitman Bailey. Not only, again, has he helped me financially, he has help me out…he’s just a great person in general. He gives great advice. He tells you like it is. He is very honest and down to earth. He’s a great person and I am very thankful to have known him this long.