Introducing the 2023 Winners!


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Serena Goyal

Clarksville, Maryland

Virginia Commonwealth University

“I am so grateful to receive the 2023 ASPIRE HIGHER Scholarship because it will help me reach my academic goals. The scholarship will aid in financing my educational journey and achieving my dream of becoming a physician.”

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Arianna Kaas

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Madison

"Having struggled with cystic acne, I witnessed firsthand the significant impact of good dermatological care. My dermatologist helped me regain my confidence and inspired me to do the same for others. I am so thankful to be a recipient of the 2023 ASPIRE HIGHER Ortho Dermatologic scholarship, which has enabled me to study biology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison with the goal of attending medical school."

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Elle Tonda

Denton, Texas

University of New Haven

“Living with my condition caused my life to veer off course. With my confidence shattered, worry about my future consumed my thoughts. Though not easy, I have chosen to embrace possibility and change, both in life and school. Booker T. Washington said, “success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles…overcome.” Thanks to the support of the Ortho Dermatologics ASPIRE HIGHER scholarship, I am overcoming obstacles. This support will allow me to continue my education and I hope to support others along the way.”


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Erynn Taylor

McDonough, Georgia

Georgia College and State University

“The ASPIRE HIGHER Scholarship has helped me tremendously in my academic career. Thanks to this scholarship I am able to get my Masters in Education so that I may become a media specialist in the future. I will be forever grateful to Ortho Dermatologics and cannot wait to see what the future holds for my career.”

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Matthew Kaczynski

Providence, Rhode Island

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

“Living with atopic dermatitis has proven a daily physical, mental, and emotional challenge. However, through my experience battling a skin condition, and through the life-changing connection with my dermatologist that facilitated my overcoming of these challenges, I grew motivated to leverage my personal experience as a bridge to connect with others in the future as a physician. With this scholarship, Ortho Dermatologics is directly supporting my journey through medical school, and enabling the fulfillment of my purpose.”

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Katrina Hertz

Glenn Heights, Texas

University of Pennsylvania

“I am grateful and truly honored to receive the Ortho Dermatologics ASPIRE HIGHER Scholarship. This incredible opportunity will allow me to pursue a Masters of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, while alleviating a significant financial burden. This scholarship serves as a reminder that every life experience, including navigating a challenging skin condition, holds a meaningful purpose and emphasizes the significance of care and support during times of difficulty. As a future social worker, my goal is to support others who need to overcome challenges and achieve personal growth.”