Kerry Sullivan, FCRH '08
Kerry Sullivan is a 2008 alumna of Fordham College at Rose Hill.
Before Kerry Sullivan graduated from Fordham in 2008, she contemplated what she should do with her degree in biology. She decided to postpone applying to medical school. Instead, the native of Fishkill, N.Y., took her diploma and headed west, where she is teaching biology to underprivileged public school students in Oakland, Calif.
She made a two-year commitment to Teach for America, an organization that places recent college graduates in school districts that serve poor neighborhoods. "Fordham and the scholarship I received inspired me to help others," she says.
Sullivan's father and other family members are Fordham alumni, but the offer of a full-tuition Schering-Plough Scholarship made the difference in her decision to enroll at Fordham. "Attending the annual scholarship donors and recipients dinner has inspired me," she says, "because I realize that students like me would not have benefited from a Fordham education without them."
Without the scholarship, she says, she would have worked her way through college and would not have had as much time to invest in community service. She completed an internship with the Catholic Medical Mission Board and volunteered at the Jewish Home and Hospital.
She was also active in Global Outreach, a Fordham student-led organization that provides community service. Sullivan worked on service projects in Guatemala, Ecuador and the Bronx. "I've experienced homines pro alliis (men and women for others) inside and outside of classrooms," she says. "That's the benefit of a Jesuit education.
"I'll always be interested in serving my community. I want to be a person who always gives to others."