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Accomplished musician, scholar plans to change lives through medicine


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service

Nicole Bratsch Is A Flinn Scholar From Blue Ridge High School In Pinetop-Lakeside. Photo Courtesy The Flinn Foundation

Nicole Bratsch, a Flinn Scholar from Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop-Lakeside said she plans to study biology at Northern Arizona University and later go into medicine.

“I’ve been surrounded by medicine my whole life, mostly because both of my parents work in the Indian Health Service on the Fort Apache reservation,” Bratsch said.

Accomplished musician, scholar plans to change lives through medicine Nicole-Bratsch

Nicole Bratsch is a Flinn Scholar from Blue Ridge High School in Pinetop-Lakeside. Photo courtesy The Flinn Foundation

“I have witnessed all the good medicine can do in this world, and the extent that it changes lives,” Bratsch said. “I want to help make those same changes in lives, which is why I am choosing to study biology.”

Bratsch said after she heard about the Flinn program she attended an informational session to learn more.

“Almost immediately I fell in love with the idea of a scholarship program that not only focuses on the surface of their applicants like grades and extracurriculars, but also looks at the changes that these applicants can make in their communities, nation and world,” Bratsch said.

When Bratsch heard she’d been awarded the Flinn scholarship, she said she realized that “all of the different things I want to do during college are possible, like travel abroad, learn about the vast spectrum of cultures and find or enhance my true passions.”