Welcome to a series of stories celebrating SIU’s 150th anniversary.
Nicholas Oglesby is a unior from Belleville, Illinois, studying physiology.
Why did you choose SIU?
SIU has been proven to get students prepared for the workforce and their career.
What inspired you to choose your area of study?
I have always been interested in the structure and functionality of the human body. The efficiency at which the body can operate is completely fascinating to me and I want to know more about it.
What was your reaction when you received the Bertrand scholarship?
I was overjoyed because without the scholarship I more than likely would not have been able to attend this year. My parents have two children in college and they cannot afford to put both of us through school.
How will the Bertrand scholarship help you make a difference in society?
Once I obtain my degree in physiology, I want to go to medical school and become a pediatrician. After I have enough experience, I am going to start my own affordable practice in East St. Louis, Illinois, where many people do not have the money or resources to get proper medical care.
Do you have a message that you would like to share with Mr. and Mrs. Bertrand?
I appreciate this scholarship more than I can express and I am determined not to let your generosity go to waste.
Why should donors consider establishing a scholarship fund for students?
Many students can not afford to pay for school but have the talent and aspirations to do great things. How will we know what people can do if they are never given a chance to show us?
Has receiving this scholarship inspired you to give back to SIU in the future?
Yes, I want to help other students just like I have been helped.