Carolina DePaula

Ankeny Centennial High School
Ankeny, IA

Carolina DePaula is a promising freshman at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), majoring in Psychology with a focus on cognitive neuroscience. She's a creative soul who finds solace in reading, writing poetry, and excelling in debates and oratory contests. In 2023, she clinched first place in the district-level Optimist International Oratory Contest, adding to her accolades, which include the Junior Songwriter Award in 2022. Despite the challenges posed by her rigorous courses in Chemistry and Biology at UCSD, Carolina remains committed to her dream of earning a dual MD and Ph.D. in neuroscience, setting her on a path to make significant contributions to this field in the future.

Scholarships Awarded in 2023: Speak Up! Scholarship