Harine Patel

Harine Patel, Chattooga High School, Summerville, Georgia

“My parents were born and raised in Vadodara, India. Although my parents never had the opportunity to go to college, they realize that it is important for me to have a college education.  They have instilled in me the desire to work hard toward my goals and be independent.  I plan on attending Kennesaw State University in the fall to major in biology as a pre-dentistry program.  I will then transfer after two years to the University of Georgia to finish my pre-dentistry degree.  I will attend the Medical College of Georgia to become a dentist.  My parents work hard but are still unable to provide me assistance for college.  My older sister is currently in college and my attendance would further strain my parents financially.  Currently, I work a part-time job to pay for my personal expenses and I know that I would continue this in college, but this scholarship would help me by enabling me to relieve some of the worries of buying books and other items.  I have found that it is vital to give back to your community.  I have worked hard with the Jobs for Georgia’s Graduates program on various community service projects.  I have completed environmental projects, tutoring projects and various health issues projects.  The career in dentistry will allow me to give back to my community.  I will be able to go back to India and provide dentistry services to the poor and needy there.  That will be such a wonderful feeling, to help the people from my ancestral home.”  Harine was selected as one of the ten 2011 Smith Scholars and received a $1,000 scholarship from the JAG Board of Directors.