Cor Story: Scholarship Makes Biochemistry Majors Education Possible
The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. Over the next several weeks, we
will share some of their stories. Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents
and friends of UD.
Maddie Ielmini, who will graduate from UD on Saturday, is a biochemistry major, but
when asked what her favorite book from her UD education is, she responds with Dante
Aligheris Divine Comedy.
I loved the detail, depth and meaning of the book; I couldnt stop reading it, said
She was drawn to UD by the opportunity to study the sciences in conjunction with the
rest of the liberal arts.
I knew that the Core Curriculum would expand my scope of knowledge and make me more
than just an academic, but a true independent thinker and well rounded person, she
Ielminis list of extracurricular activities is quite long: president of UDs chapter
of the American Society for Microbiology, secretary of student members of the American
Chemical Society, founding chemistry editor for UDs new undergraduate Journal of Science,
vice president of the Italian Club and altar server coordinator for the Church of
Keep in mind shes graduating in three years.
Ielmini, who has been an integral part of the student life and academic life during
her time at UD, wouldnt be graduating on Saturday if not for the assistance of her
scholarship, provided through UDs Cor Fund.
For me, the scholarship was a huge part of why I was able to come here. It allowed
me to pursue the education I wanted. I wouldnt have been able to do that without the
scholarship, said Ielmini.
Ielmini will spend next year attending EMT school and working as an EMT. She is currently
applying to medical schools and plans to matriculate in the fall of 2016.