The Healy Foundation is proud to introduce our scholars. 

Hear some of our scholars’ stories

Meet the Scholars


Name: Jessica Iniguez
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
University: University of California Berkeley
Major: Social Welfare, Minor in Education
Extracurriculars: Reproductive Health and Justice intern at Casa Del Encuentro—Buenos Aries, English teacher and Workshop leader for Casa Del Encuentro—Buenos Aries, Matsui Education Policy Fellow for U.S. Senate HELP Committee— DC, Law Fellow for UCLA law fellowship, Education Policy Intern for Orleans Public Education Network (OPEN) — New Orleans, Labor and Housing intern for Centro Legal de La Raza— Berkeley, Translator and Clerk Volunteer East Bay Sanctuary Covenant— Berkeley, Social Welfare Research Assistant for UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program— Berkeley, Lead teacher and college mentor for College Springs SAT mentorship— Long Beach CA,  Athletics College Tutor— UC Berkeley, Summer recreational leader and public policy assistant for Berkeley Youth Alternative— Berkeley.
Career Aspirations: "I want to devote my life in aiding others to reclaim their voices through the policy parameters of education and reproductive health. My time at UC Berkeley has given me the space to grow and coalesce both my policy passions, through my bilateral pedagogical studies of Social Welfare and Education. My Education minor in particular has taught me that education can be utilized as an apparatus of self-emancipation and collective unity. Ultimately, I want to aid my greater community by demystifying the concept of thriving by creating embracing and equitable pathway programs for disenfranchised youth— most notable the immigrant community. I plan on actuating this dream by getting an M.A in public policy and a JD in critical race studies, in order to become a human rights attorney with centralism in reproductive rights.  After receiving my J.D I want to create a non-profit where immigrant populations can both receive legal aid and gain professional mentorship.
Favorite Quote: “Education doesn’t change the world. Education changes people, people change the world.” Paulo Freire 

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Name: Alyssa Mae Celone
Hometown: Derby, Connecticut
University: University of Connecticut
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace concentration
Extracurriculars: Engineers Without Boarders, Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Resident Assistant
Career Aspirations: "[To] Work as an engineer in the aerospace industry. Hope to pursue a Master's in Aerospace engineering. And hoping to earn a pilot's license.
What Inspired You to Apply to The Healy Foundation?: "For the past 3 years, I have been paying for college entirely on my own through scholarships and through being a resident assistant. I'm the first one in my family to attend college. During my Junior year, my father was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and lost his job after having a heart attack. This has been such a hardship for my family to endure both emotionally and financially. Thank you to the Healy Foundation for helping me finish my education, it means more than I can put into words."

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Name: Daniel Krawic
Hometown: Bolton, Connecticut
University: University of Connecticut
Major: Accounting
Extracurriculars: Intramural soccer, Connecticut Society of CPAs, UConn Business Society, UConn Harts Volunteer Society
Career Aspirations: "When I graduate, I hope to begin my career in a Big 4 firm and earn my CPA. Long term, I aspire to become a partner at a firm or exit and become the CFO of a large company. I would like to continue giving back to my community as my career progresses and I think that being a senior executive position ill allow me to utilize resources, connections and finances to help people trying to better themselves."
What Inspired You to Apply to The Healy Foundation?: "I applied to the Healy Foundation so that I can continue going to school without amassing a huge pile of student debt. College is expensive enough as it is, and unexpected hardships can easily become significant obstacles in the way of getting a degree. The Healy Foundation is a wonderful group that allows students like myself the opportunity to continue pursuing a college degree even when life throws a curve ball at you.

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Name: Colleen Brace
Hometown: Nicholson, PA
University: University of Scranton
Major: Neuroscience Minor: Biochemistry
Extracurriculars: Scranton Neuroscience Society, Health Professions Organization
Career Aspirations: "Become a pediatric surgeon and work to increase access to health care."
Favorite Quote: "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Name: Lauren Precopio
Hometown: North Attleboro, MA
University: Providence College
Major: Biology
Extracurriculars: Member of PC's Colleges Against Cancer, Providence College Biology Research Assistant
Career Aspirations: "To become a Nurse Practitioner and improve healthcare in terms of physician to patient interactions and patient experiences and outcomes."
Favorite Quote: "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore." - William Faulkner
What have you been up to since graduating college?: “Since graduation, I've been working at Brigham and Women's Hospital as an ICU clinical research coordinator. We have multiple clinical trials for various critical illnesses such as sepsis and severe respiratory failure. I have really enjoyed it and it helped me to confirm the career that I want.”
How has the Healy Foundation helped you?: "The scholarship definitely helped a lot once my loans were due as it helped with the financial burden of making payments while working and taking pre-requisite courses for nursing school.”

Name: Amanda Pasquini
Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ
University: Villanova
Major: Political Science Major, Psychology Minor
Extracurriculars: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority Zeta Tau Chapter, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Villanova Day of Service Site Leader
Career Aspirations: "Pursuing my dream to become a lawyer, I will be attending Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law as a Beasley Scholar for the Fall 2014 entering class. I hope to one day use my degree to advocate for disadvantaged and disabled individuals."
Favorite Quote: "He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Name: Kathryn O'Donoghue
Hometown: Falmouth, Maine
University: Villanova
Major: Chemical Engineering
Extracurriculars: Ruibal, Society of Women Engineers, Kappa Delta Sorority Eta Theta Chapter, Intramural Sports
Career Aspirations: “I would love to work in the medical field with my degree, I hope to go on to graduate school for biomedical engineering. I am interested in the instruments used during surgeries and I would like to focus on developing better instruments.”
Favorite Quote: "All of life is a constant education." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Name: Matthew Alfano
Hometown: Fanwood, New Jersey
Major: Accounting and Finance
Extracurriculars: Villanova Special Olympics Committee, New Student Orientation Program, Equity Society
Career Aspirations: After graduation, I am going to be working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City. I am very excited about this opportunity to learn and develop my professional knowledge and skills. After my business career, I would love to become a teacher and help to make a difference in students’ lives by sharing my life experiences with them.
Interests: Investing, playing sports, helping and teaching others
Favorite Quote: "Luck is the point where preparation meets opportunity.” - Ron Darling

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Name: Joseph Brady
Hometown: East Nantmeal, PA
University: Villanova
Major: Chemical Engineering
Extracurriculars: Club Running Captain, Intramurals Supervisor, Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers
Career Aspirations: Blending my chemical engineering major with my bioengineering and biology minors, I hope to join a research team at a large pharmaceutical company in the Philadelphia area. After working in R&D, I plan to get my Masters degree and possibly a PhD one day.
Favorite Quote: “You're tougher than you think you are, and you can do more than you think you can." - Christopher McDougall

Name: Rob Stover
Hometown: New Cumberland, PA
University: Villanova- Villanova School of Business
Major: Finance and Accounting
Extracurriculars: Senior Class President, Men's Basketball Lottery Coordinator, VSB Ambassador, Club Golf, Instructional Student Golf Society President
Career Aspirations: Private Equity, M&A.
Favorite Quote: “10% of life is what happens to you, the other 90% is how you react to it." -unknown

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Name: Annemarie Schiavone
Hometown: Tinton Falls, NJ
University: Villanova
Major: Biology; Psychology minor
Extracurriculars: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society , the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Falvey Memorial Library Access Services
Career Aspirations: I would like to attend graduate school to study Neuropsychology and either work in the medical field, conduct research, or become a professor.
Favorite Quote: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" - Mahatma Gandhi

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Name: Catherine Moretto
Hometown: Lansdowne, PA
University: Villanova
Major: Comprehensive Science; Italian minor
Extracurriculars: SPOTS (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy), Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society, Liturgical Ministry
Career Aspirations: After graduation, I will be attending Physical Therapy School. Also, I hope to continue my study of the Italian language.
Favorite Quote: “Peace begins with a smile." - Mother Teresa

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Name: Matthew Henry Smith
Hometown: Providence, RI
University: Providence College
Major: Public and Community Service Studies
Extracurriculars: Executive Member of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, Member of Student Congress, Community and Media Management Intern at the Partnership for Providence Parks, Tenor in the Footprints Gospel Choir
Career Aspirations: Family is especially important to me, so I look forward to balancing my desired career in parks administration with my vocation to raise a family. I hope to follow in my Father's footsteps by getting a Master's in Public Administration.
Favorite Quote: “For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, He marks- not that you won or lost- but how you played the game." - Grantland Rice