Shelley Carol Blank scholar

Julia Beekman '20

HOMETOWN: Middleburgh, N.Y.
MAJOR: Biomedical Engineering
MINOR: Anthropology

Julia Beekman came to Union to tap into two passions – engineering and anthropology.

During her four years, she’s been a clinical immersion fellow at Albany Medical Center. She joined numerous professional organizations on campus including Society of Women Engineers and Engineers for a Sustainable World. She also is a campus administrator for Union’s bike-share program and a member of Gamma Phi Beta.

Traveling beyond campus, she interned in India at the Paul Hamlin International Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Julia’s wide-ranging experience at Union wouldn’t have been possible without strong financial support.

“My scholarship means everything,” she said. “I am super grateful for this opportunity. To know that someone out there also wants me to succeed and that they’ve been supporting me these past four years means a lot.”

Julia received one of the College’s highest-level scholarships – the Shelley Carol Blank Scholarship. Howard Blank ’70 and his wife Giovanna Perrone endowed the fund to honor the passing of his sister, Shelley Carol Blank.

After graduation, Julia will continue her engineering studies in graduate school with an eye towards “humanistic engineering.”

“I’ve always had this desire and passion to make a difference and help people,” she said. “It was when I came to Union and started taking more math and science courses that I realized that’s my way to make a difference in the world.”

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