Following Childhood Dream of Being an MD
Bryanna Counts has wanted to be a doctor since she was 10 years old.
“My dream career is a pediatrician. I want to help kids be able to live the best, happiest and healthiest lives they can!”
Growing up in Independence, Bryanna volunteered at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Neighborhood Dinner as a member of Truman Heartland’s Van Horn High School Youth Advisory Council team. These opportunities helped her learn about the needs of the community and solidified her interest in a career in healthcare.
Like many students, Bryanna was concerned about the cost of going to college and the idea of accumulating student loan debt. Thanks to scholarship funding through Truman Heartland Community Foundation, Bryanna is now attending the University of Missouri, on a pre-med degree track and on her way to bringing her career dream to life.
In 2019, Bryanna received the Henri E. Goettel Youth in Philanthropy Award and the Elizabeth Hill McClure Scholarship.
“Scholarships make a huge difference. It’s been a real life-changer to have that money and not have to take out loans or add that stress on my parents.”
Bryanna continues to take time to volunteer. Over the winter break, she traveled to New Orleans with Mizzou Alternative Breaks, a program that provides involvement opportunities, leadership training and volunteer experiences with an emphasis on developing transferable skills for future employment. Bryanna’s program focused on homelessness and poverty in New Orleans. While there, her group packaged meals for kids, worked in a goodwill store and learned about support programs for homeless in the community.
“It was an amazing experience and wouldn’t have been possible without the scholarship money I received.”