Heidi Toomey – Marine Science
"My educational adventure began when I looked at my life and realized that I had stopped growing.
Then, on a day I will never forget, I received a phone call that was a life changing moment for me. I was in my car, with the tank low on gas, wondering how I was truly going to move, attend graduate school and start my new life. When I picked up the phone I was informed of being a recipient of the ARCS Scholar Award. I felt wonderful emotions of elation, joy, relief and especially excitement! I knew in that moment that nothing could stop me. I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to go and now I had the opportunity to really do it! The feeling was raw and beautiful!"