Gabrielle Dennis Named Beering Scholar by Purdue University.
Special to The Truth
The Purdue University Honors College in West Lafayette, Indiana has
announced that Gabrielle Dennis has been awarded a Steven
C. Beering Scholarship, which covers the full educational
expenses for a bachelor’s degree and the opportunity to
pursue two other graduate degrees at Purdue.
Gabrielle, a Toledo native and an honor student at Ohio Virtual
Academy, has decided to become a wildlife biologist and
researcher. This career path has been her goal for most of
her life now, as far back as the second grade, in fact, when
she was often reading her favorite books – books about
Later, during her high school years, she began to put those
interests into practice when she started working as a
volunteer at Nature’s Nursery and at the Toledo Zoo.
Nature’s Nursery is a wildlife rehabilitation and education
center in Whitehouse.
She has also had internships in the care of animals in southern
Ohio and the Big Sur region of California. During her junior
year, she was one of 100 teens from around the nation chosen
to participate in the “Disney Dreamers” program in Orlando –
a series of educational sessions that converts the amusement
park into a classroom for students with a wide range of
interests and studies.
During her California internship, Gabrielle had an opportunity to
work in a site that specialized in assisting the endangered
The Beering Scholarship is a tremendous value as it provides a
“full ride” covering the average cost of education (tuition,
room and board) for one bachelor’s degree, one master’s
degree and either a Ph.D. or professional degree in
medicine, veterinary medicine or pharmacy. It also includes
funding for a study abroad experience.