Adversities Fail to Deter Ike’s Drive, Ambition
It is said that everyone comes across something or someone that changes the course of their lives forever. For Chiamaka Ike, a recipient of the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund, that “something” was education.
A Nigerian native born into poverty, Ike worked hard and dedicated herself to academic scholarship and leadership. Her aptitude for the sciences and love of helping people led her to a career in the allied health field.
At age 17, she made the difficult decision to leave her family and move to America after earning acceptance into the Texas Tech University Health Science Center School of Pharmacy.
“Leaving Nigeria to go so far away without parental support was a risky decision, but one I knew I had to take to improve my life and the lives of my family,” she says.
To make ends meet and pay for school, Ike relies on a part-time job, scholarships, student loans, faith and help from friends.
Despite her adversities, Ike rose to the top of her class and was inducted into the Rho Chi Honor Society, reserved for pharmacy students who rank in the top 20 percent of their class. She also volunteered at a local food bank, at local health fairs and received the Dean’s Leadership Scholarship for excellence in academics, leadership and service to the community.
Upon graduation, Ike plans to pursue a residency in community practice. In the long-term, she hopes to own her own pharmacy with a focus on disease state management.
“I love the community setting because it gives me the level of patient interaction I desire. I want to be easily accessible to my patients and be someone they can trust,” Ike says. “I hope my story can serve as an inspiration to others students who are wondering ‘when will my situation change?’ With hard work, dedication and help, dreams can come true.”