Braden Evans, Architectural and Engineering Design
Braden Evans, student speaker at summer 2018 graduation, took the long road to Davis Technical College – literally. Traveling from Provo to Kaysville every day for Architecture and Engineering Design classes meant that Braden had to get up at 4:30 a.m. and didn’t get home until 6 p.m.
Davis Tech’s accommodations and scholarships helped keep Braden’s learning disability from interfering with his school work, but Braden’s tenacity and passion for architecture carried him through so that he could make the most of the opportunities he’s been given. He’s had his share of struggles, but as Braden says, “It’s worth it in the end.”
Braden is now employed as a drafter at JZW Architects.
Javier Santos, Practical Nurse
“We have to give back when we receive"
Sometimes, life can take unexpected turns. For Javier Santos, those surprising moments included leaving his native Colombia, moving to Utah, and making a major career change.
Javier is trained as a chemist. But when Javier’s first child was born prematurely, Javier was inspired by the nurses who cared for his entire family. Going back to school meant cutting back his work hours, which in turn made taking care of his family more difficult. That’s why Javier’s scholarship meant so much to him.
With plans to qualify as an RN from Weber State University, Javier recognizes that his understanding of Latin cultures will help future patients. Javier might never have guessed that he’d end up as a nursing student in Utah, but those unexpected moments became an opportunity to help others.
Elizabeth Rozick, Medical Assistant
“I love taking care of people, and that’s what Medical Assisting is all about."
Elizabeth Rozick wanted to apply to the nuclear medicine technology program at the University of Utah. The problem was, the program required prerequisites she didn’t have.
Not only did Davis Technical College offer the classes she needed, it also offered a certificate in Medical Assisting. But paying tuition at the University of Utah and Davis Technical College at the same time was expensive. Receiving scholarships lifted a huge burden for Elizabeth.
“As a student going to two schools, I can now focus more on my studies than financial stress,” Elizabeth says. Her scholarship saves her money on current tuition expenses and also paves the way for future financial savings. Elizabeth plans to use her Medical Assisting certificate to get a job that will help pay her way through school.
As a medical assistant, Elizabeth looks forward to gaining experience as she works toward becoming a nuclear medicine technician. She’s grateful that her scholarship will help her make a meaningful contribution.