Following in the footsteps of her grandfather and mother, Rachel Winegar is a third-generation CSU student. The Mentor resident, who plans to become a doctor, is majoring in biology/pre-medicine and also conducts independent research projects. Rachel says her Radiance scholarship allows her to concentrate on her studies and activities such as competitive horseback riding and volunteering with a hospice organization.
Wanfang Chen's family came to Cleveland from China nearly four years ago for the educational opportunities available here. The only person in her family to speak English, the CSU junior says language is her biggest challenge in the classroom and in studying. The Cleveland resident hopes to graduate in 2015 and pursue a career as a pediatric nurse.
George Thomas became interested in electrical engineering while working on a high school science fair project. Enrolled in an accelerated 4+1 program in the Fenn College of Engineering, he graduated in 2012 with his bachelor's degree and will graduate in 2013 with his master's degree. The Cleveland resident works in the College's embedded control systems research lab and has co-authored a conference paper and technical book chapter.
Michael Johnson transferred to CSU after earning two associate degrees from Cuyahoga Community College. The biology major hopes to attend medical school and become a neonatologist. A Cleveland resident who works in patient transport at University Hospitals, Michael is a father of four who coaches his son's football team and tries to show his children the importance of education, hard work and determination.
His Radiance scholarship and CSU's new Arts Campus are just two of the reasons that theatre major Steven Lamphere loves Cleveland State. An avid reader of both books and plays, Steven has already written a novel and plans a dual career as both a writer and actor. The Cleveland resident will graduate in 2014.