Mariah Lynn Chittenden
Beaumont ISD
Lamar University

Mariah Lynn Chittenden, a 2016 graduate of West Brook High School, plans to use her scholarship to attend Lamar University, where she plans to study biology en route to becoming a doctor who works in an emergency room.

“My parents kicked me out of the house last year and left the city. From that moment on, I have been working nonstop to try to support myself while managing my AP courses at my high school,” she said. “I have worked very hard to get where I am today and am determined to make it through college.”

She was nominated by Melanie Pharis, her world history teacher. “Mariah is a dedicated, hardworking young woman who has all the necessary tools to get a degree,” Pharis said. “Despite her challenges and almost complete lack of any support at home, she consistently takes care of business and comes to class prepared.”