Top Scholarship Winner Eyes Career In Healthcare


Brittney Lay is driven to serve people. It’s a trait she inherited from her parents, and it shows in her four years at Berkner High School in the Richardson Independent School District.

Lay was enrolled in the Berkner Health Science program at the time, where she completed advanced healthcare classes and worked at Methodist Hospital in Richardson. She was also the president of the Advanced Academic Ambassadors group, which helps other students on Saturdays by providing AP course tutoring and academic support.

So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that she wants to pursue a college degree in healthcare administration, where she envisions putting that diploma to good use advocating on behalf of patients.

If there were any doubts, she had this to say in a university admissions application:

“When patients cannot afford a procedure that is necessary for their health and survival, then I would be in a position to advocate for their rights. As stressful as it sounds, it would be a dream for me to be involved with those sorts of things because I am a passionate fighter, and I know that my work will help thousands of people who walk into the doors of a clinic or hospital.”

Lay was vice president of Mu Alpha Theta and competed in international math competitions; she was a representative and three-year member of the National Honor Society; she served as treasurer of the Key Club; she performed nearly 150 hours of volunteer service; she has perfect attendance; she was a Dallas College All-Star; and she ranked #5 out of 510 in her class, with a 4.0 unweighted GPA.

As befitting an exceptional high school graduate, Lay was awarded the Texas Woman’s University 2023 Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarship, which will cover tuition, fees, and textbooks for four years when she enrolls at the university next September. It is the university’s most prestigious scholarship, and it is given to one outstanding scholar in each area each year.

“I couldn’t believe it,” she said during a surprise presentation at her high school on April 28 that included Chancellor Carine Feyten, Berkner High School officials and her family. During the presentation, she was presented framed scholarship certificate.

“This year’s scholarship recipient is a perfect match for Texas Woman’s, as we share values centered on helping people,” Feyten said.

Lay is a first-generation college student whose parents immigrated to the United States from Vietnam. Her parents experienced numerous hurdles in establishing new lives in the United States. And parents made numerous sacrifices to bring her where she is today, which no doubt contributed to her dedication to education.

She intends to major in Healthcare Administration at Texas Woman’s University and hopes to work in hospital administration. She aims to combine her business interest with her desire to aid patients in healthcare settings.

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