Keisha Pierre-Lys '12
“Don’t reject a school you love because of financial concerns. You never know until you apply and try. There is always a way to get there,” she says. “That was definitely true for me at Clarkson.”
A major part of Keisha’s decisions to accept her spot at Clarkson was the accommodating financial aid package she received along with her acceptance packet. “Clarkson is a great school, and to know that I could come here for around the same price as other schools, it was a no-brainer.”
Keisha, a biology major from Queens, N.Y., was the recipient of one of Clarkson’s many scholarships, the Five Boroughs Scholarship. This scholarship rewards students who live in any of the five New York City boroughs for their hard work and commitment to academics. Each recipient receives $6,000 per year, along with other financial aid that he/she qualifies for.
Once on campus, Keisha took no time to get involved inside the classroom and out. She is currently working on a research project in evolutionary biology with Professor James Schulte where she uses nuclear DNA primers to try to resolve relationships between lizard species.
Keisha is also involved in campus organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Tri-Beta (biology honor society), and Phi Delta Epsilon, a pre-med fraternity.
After Clarkson, Keisha hopes to go on to graduate school to get her Ph.D. She wants to be a physician and perform research in psychiatry.