Lois Young-Thomas Memorial Scholarship and Leadership Guild Endowment

Chelsea Schafer

A Maryland native, Chelsea has been dedicated to healthcare since experiencing a personal tragedy when her 20-year old brother died suddenly from a cardiac event during his college lacrosse game. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Carolina's Honors College in May 2014, Chelsea returned to Baltimore to start her career at the University of Maryland Medical Center. While working on the Multitrauma Intermediate Care Unit at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Chelsea was presented the "Rising Star" Award in her first year of nursing. This award signified her motivation and exceptional commitment to the advancement of nursing practice. Today, Chelsea works both in the Shock Trauma Outpatient Pavilion and as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She is also currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with a concentration in Family Practice, from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. It is Chelsea’s utmost career goal to one day establish free heart screening clinics to identify and better protect at-risk student athletes in the community. 

Grace Wo

Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Grace is currently a third year student at the University of Maryland, School of Pharmacy. As a first year student, she spearheaded the School of Pharmacy’s first Donate Life Month, leading a committee of students to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. The team collaborated with the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, cooperatively reaching out to students and communities throughout the state to educate and enlist eligible donors. For this work, Grace received awards from both the American Pharmacist Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists and the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland for outstanding leadership and passion for community service in Baltimore. Grace also designed a novel interactive pediatric adherence tool, the RemindeRx Bracelet, and is currently testing its effectiveness in facilitating medication administration in children. These types of individualized patient treatments have helped inspire her pursuit of a career in clinical pharmacy. In her spare time, Grace enjoys rock climbing, volleyball, and being outdoors.