Emily Rose McNulty

As a faculty member, I have interacted with hundreds of students over the course of my career. Every once in a while I meet a student who really stands out. Emily is one of those students.

Since we met, I have been impressed with her dedication to the things she is most passionate about. Lately, she has taken this dedication to a whole new level when she moved home to care for her sick mother with terminal cancer and her grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease. Emily has shouldered more responsibility than most undergrads I know.

While most of her peers were in Gainesville studying and enjoying the freedom that comes with being away at college, Emily was watching the strongest two women in her life suffer from two horrible diseases. While her mother had been her grandmother’s primary caregiver, her illness prevented her from continuing, and Emily stepped in willingly. Her grandmother has always been such an important part of her life, and she considered it a privilege to care for the woman who once cared for her.

Emily has such a sweet spirit. Her experience as a caregiver has really impacted her life, and now that her mother has passed and her grandmother is being cared for by another family member, she is ready to return to school and prepare for a career to support other families who might be dealing with these same issues.

While serving as a caregiver really forced her to grow up quickly, it also helped her grow into a strong young woman ready to finish her degree and take on this disease.

This scholarship would go a long way in helping Emily reach her academic goals. Not only will she be fulfilling her dreams, but she would also be fulfilling the dreams her mother and grandmother had for her.

Karla Shelnutt, Research Mentor

While serving as a caregiver really forced her to grow up quickly, it also helped her grow into a strong young woman ready to finish her degree and take on this disease.