On life’s path to success Local scholarship winners planning careers in fields of math, science

PROVIDED Sarah Malik of Mount Pleasant is a senior at Academic Magnet High School and National Merit Scholar.

As the school year ends, more scholarships to help outstanding students with their college expenses are being announced. Local winners of the National Merit Achievement scholarships for African-American students were announced several weeks ago, but we offer a closer look here.

Your Lowcountry previously listed several local students who won National Merit Corporate Scholarships, which are for the children of those who work for companies that sponsor the National Merit Scholarship program. We also get up close with those winners.

Mallory Banks A Porter-Gaud minority student will be heading to Princeton this fall.

Mallory A. Banks of Summerville, a senior at Porter-Gaud, will get some help from a National Achievement scholarship supported by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

The National Achievement scholarship is the National Merit Scholarship program for African-American students.

Mallory is one of two local winners this year. She said she is likely to go into biological science with a concentration in neuroscience and psychology, and a certificate in English literature.

“Everyone has asked me what I plan on doing with my life, and I’ve jumped around from being a theoretical physicist to being an FBI profiler,” she said in an email, “but I am afraid that I think that I am destined for a life in academia in any field I choose to finally concentrate on. But more than that, I visualize myself endeavoring to be happy, and hoping to impart joy to all of those around me.”

Her parents are Marilyn Banks, a systems analyst at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Ernest Banks Jr., a car salesman at Rick Hendrick Honda of Charleston. She has four older sisters, LaKesha Robinson, 34, Amber Banks, 25, Christian Banks, 27, and Shaylyn Woods, 24.

“I enjoy writing and reading just about anything really,” Mallory said. “I will always have a soft spot for musicals and music of all genres, really. I love movies and, perhaps the greatest hobby of all, sleep when I can get it. I also, ironically, cannot get enough of being busy. I endeavor to do everything I can, from my school literary magazine to community service at Paint It Palmetto at the Cannon Street YMCA every Monday. I also work in various laboratories at the Medical University of South Carolina. I primarily do work with brain cancer (glioblastoma, to be specific). I never thought I would love the smell of latex gloves and alcohol as much I do.”

Christina-Lin Brown Christina-Lin Brown of Charleston, a senior at Academic Magnet High School, also won a National Achievement scholarship supported by the Medical University of South Carolina. She will attend the University of South Carolina Honors College as a Carolina Scholar and Lieber Scholar.

She plans to major in biology with a premedicine concentration and minor in French.

“When I get out of school, I plan to go to medical school at MUSC and become an anesthesiologist or a surgeon,” she said in an email. “I also plan on continuing my research on systemic lupus erythematosus.”

Her parents are Linus Brown, a radiology manager at MUSC, and Dr. Gwendolyn Brown, a dentist. She has a sister, Elizabeth Brown, a rising senior at Hampton University in Virginia.

“I have swum competitively year-round for 13 years,” Christina-Lin said. “I have been on the city of Charleston Southern Marlins Racing Team for the last six years. I have been in Girl Scouts since age 5 and have earned the three highest awards in Scouting: the Bronze Award, Silver Award and Gold Award.

“I also enjoy playing the piano and singing in my church choir. As a member of a national service organization called Jack and Jill of America, I have been heavily involved in community service throughout the Charleston area.

“I thoroughly enjoyed conducting research on systemic lupus erythematosus this past year and I am passionate about raising awareness about this disease through community based symposiums.”

Ansley Bolick Ansley Bolick lives in Summerville, is a senior at Pinewood Preparatory School and won a corporate scholarship from Science Applications International Corp.

Her parents are Steve and Marie Bolick, and she has no siblings.

She will be attending the University of Pennsylvania. She plans to major both in molecular biology and religious studies.

“Religion is a great personal interest of mine,” she said of her second major. “I think that understanding someone else’s beliefs helps you understand who they truly are as a person, and how they see the world around them. I believe that if everyone was to realize that all religions hold a central ideal of love and goodwill, people would be more accepting of people and cultures they would normally reject.”

She plans to attend medical school after graduation.

“My goal is to be a pediatric craniofacial surgeon, working on children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial birth defects,” Ansley said in an email. “I enjoy knitting, reading and ballet. My favorite authors are John Irving, Jeffrey Eugenides and Jonathan Safran Foer.

“I consider my greatest passion to be medicine and studying the human body, which I have found fascinating since I was a small child.”

Sarah Malick Sarah Malick lives in Mount Pleasant, is a senior at Academic Magnet High School and won a corporate scholarship from Pfizer.

Sarah will attend Clemson University, where she plans to study mathematics or chemistry.

“However, I’m not exactly sure what I’ll be doing after college,” Sarah said an email. “I think I’ll see where life takes me and what opportunities open up.”

Her parents are Tom and Allyson Malick. She has one sister, Mikayla Malick, who just graduated from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY., and will be going to law school in the fall.

“I love playing tennis and also riding bikes with my youth group on Sunday afternoons,” Sarah said. “I also love reading. Right now, I am reading ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the first time. I love it! I also work as a hostess at 82 Queen, and I really enjoy it!”

Matthew Jones Matthew Jones lives in Mount Pleasant, is a senior at Bishop England High School and received a corporate scholarship from State Farm Companies Foundation.

His parents are Kathy and Greg Jones. He has two brothers, Justin, 15, and Huston, 11.

Matthew is heading for the University of Oklahoma’s premed program and plans to become an orthopedic surgeon.

“Part of why I want to go to Oklahoma is that I like experiencing new things,” Matthew said in an email. “My family has been fortunate to have traveled a lot in the past to places like China, Costa Rica, and Alaska. I will be going to Spain this summer to visit our former foreign exchange student, Diego.”

When he’s not studying, Matthew likes baseball, wake boarding and traveling.

“I played baseball in high school and enjoy athletics, boating and basically anything outdoors with my friends,” he said. “I am an

Eagle Scout and still enjoy camping, and I work at Chick-fil-A in North Mount Pleasant.”

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.