Corona del Sol student chosen for ASU Leadership Scholarship
Corona del Sol senior Dylan Bia was chosen for the Arizona State University Leadership Scholarship.
Arizona State’s Leadership Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding high school graduating seniors who have achieved excellence in leadership. Bia is one of 23 across the state to receive the scholarship.
“Dylan is an outstanding student and well-deserving of this great opportunity,” said Valerie Molina, Coordinator for Tempe Union High School District’s Indian Education Program.
The future Sun Devil plans to major in Biological Sciences, with an emphasis on Neurobiology, physiology and behavior. After that, he plans to attend medical school and become a health physician to serve underrepresented communities in Arizona.
“My hope is that my future legacy inspires other people to become healthcare professionals to help address our needs for underrepresented communities,” he said.
Bia, who was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Ariz., said his passion for health care is deeply rooted in his culture. He plans to combine his education, research, and clinical skills to make a positive contribution to communities across the state.
“I am fortunate to grow up with traditional Navajo culture that emphasized the importance of community healing, reciprocity and service,” he said. “My family and cultural values have set the foundation to pursue life in the western world while at the same time maintaining my traditional culture.”
Bia is the first Native American student recommended within the Tempe Union High School District for this scholarship. Molina has seen Bia flourish since his freshman year as an Aztec, and said he is the perfect candidate for this opportunity.
“I have been working with Dylan since his freshman year and have seen his ability as leader grow,” Molina said. “This young man is self driven and is always seeking out opportunities.”
The Leadership Program includes two leadership development courses, one-on-one mentoring by a ASU staff, networking with program alum, as well as a financial award to help cover the cost of attending Arizona State.
“I would not be where I am without the outstanding support from family, friends, faculty, and scholarships,” he said.
Bia, lead by his determination and fevor, is driven to establish himself as a changemaker at ASU.
Established in 1977 to develop exceptional leadership skills among promising scholars, ASU’s Leadership Program program has a long-standing history.
“More than a scholarship program, students become integral members of the university community,” according to the scholarship panel.
For more information on Indian Education Program at Tempe Union High School District, visit: www.tempeunion.org/Domain/567