Dream fulfilled

Vital Signs » Winter 2015
Ruth Claros

Scholarship student garners national award

Ruth Claros’ father never attended school, and her mother only completed the sixth grade. College was not an option for most people in the Los Angeles community where she grew up. Despite the odds, she was determined to graduate from high school and go to college. Medical school didn’t seem possible.

“For me to dream about going to college was a really big thing,” she said. “Applying for college was really scary. I felt alone. I did not have people to turn to when I had questions.”

She persevered and was accepted into La Sierra University in Riverside, California. She worked three part-time jobs to help cover her expenses. Despite the hardship, she excelled and earned a B.A. in history and a B.S. in biology. She also realized she wanted to become a doctor to help others in the same way that she had been helped.

Despite being told that she would not make
it to medical school, she found a school that provided a supportive environment—the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

She was accepted and received the Boonshoft School of Medicine Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship.

“This scholarship means that I can attend medical school,” said Claros, a third-year medical student. “It means that someone believes in me and is offering a helping hand.”

And the investment is paying off. Claros was one of 12 medical students nationwide selected for the American Society of
Hematology 2014 Minority Medical Student Award Program, which allowed her to design and conduct a research project. She presented her research at the Hematology Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco late last year.


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Last edited on 02/16/2016.