Joel Bervell

Washington State University
Elson Floyd College of Medicine

“As a JRF Scholar, I truly feel as if I have found a second family. No matter where I am, my fellow scholars are checking up on me, asking how I am doing, and offering their support. That’s truly what a family is, a group of people that come together to support one another through thick and thin. Being a JRF Scholar has provided me just that.”

2014-2015 Accomplishments
Over the past year, Joel had multiple opportunities to broaden his horizons: he participated in leadership conferences, such as the United States Naval Academy; held a brief Business/ Marketing internship at the NYC Google Headquarters; and traveled to China for two weeks as part of Ivy Council, a student government among the Ivy League institutions.

Career Aspirations
After having the chance to work at Google this summer, Joel fell in love with the work environment and the accomplishments they are able to achieve. He still plans on majoring in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and entering into medical school, but has decided to take computer science classes. Joel is focused on a way to merge both computer science and medicine into his career, and hopes to work at a tech company before going to medical school.

Community Service
Hugs for Ghana is an entirely student led non-profit organization dedicated to giving gifts of hope and love to children in Ghana, West Africa. Joel ushered in the New Year by traveling to Ghana and delivering $20,000 worth of sports equipment and school supplies. “As a JRF Scholar, I truly feel as if I have found a second family. No matter where I am, my fellow scholars are checking up on me, asking how I am doing, and offering their support. That’s truly what a family is, a group of people that come together to support one another through thick and thin. Being a JRF Scholar has provided me just that.”

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ALUMNI DONORS

  • Gregg Gonsalves '89
  • Sobani Warner '89
  • Ronald Berry '94
  • Chris and Jade Dean '08
  • Lisa Farrow '94
  • Rand Harlow '88
  • John Kalaboukas '86
  • Mark Lee '90
  • Reginald Livingston '96
  • Angelia Lumpkin '97
  • Joseph Okpaku '94
  • Joy Profet '97
  • Alexander Long '95