Goldwater Scholar Grateful for Scholarship Support
Goldwater Scholar Grateful for Scholarship Support

Kathleen Marinelli

Fulfilled and Prepared

Kathy Marinelli, College of Arts and Sciences senior, says that her Creighton experience has been a challenge for which she will forever be grateful. Her experience has left her both fulfilled and prepared to follow the next stage in her academic career.

Upon graduation, Marinelli plans to pursue her Doctor of Medicine degree. She says that she is passionate about her career path to become a physician investigator.

“I look forward to developing a close relationship with my patients and with their family members, while simultaneously devoting my time outside of clinic to researching their diseases. I strive to bring a sense of hope to my patients and to provide their care throughout the duration of their illnesses.”

Marinelli credits her experiences at Creighton for instilling within her the importance of caring for the whole person.

“I believe this is a vital lesson and expect to carry it into my professional career,” she says. 

As an undergraduate, Marinelli has been active both on and off campus. Through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURAS), she is a CURAS Ambassador and conducted research at the National Institutes of Health. She spent a summer in the Dominican Republic at the Institute for Latin American Concern, is a member of the Honors Program and president of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Senate. She has been active with both the Schlegel Center for Service and Justice and Campus Ministry and is a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and numerous honor societies. 

A Caring Community

Marinelli recognizes the important role these experiences have played in her education, but she doesn’t overlook the significant contributions the Creighton community has made.

One of her most influential relationships is with Julie Soukup, PhD, BSChm’93, professor of chemistry. Marinelli says that Soukup is an inspiration to her and that Soukup has always had her best interest in mind.

“She is an incredibly successful woman in science and such a compassionate teacher,” says Marinelli. “Many times, she believed in me more than I believed in myself.”

Marinelli has been named a scholar in the 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The prestigious national award recognizes outstanding undergraduate students in mathematics, science and technology. Marinelli says that it is Soukup’s encouragement that helped to shape her academic and career trajectory, “for that I am forever grateful.”  

Marinelli is also grateful for the sense of community at Creighton.

“Creighton has an extremely unique community that is incredibly supportive, inviting, friendly and loving,” says Marinelli. “It’s people like these that I hope to surround myself with in life after Creighton.”

Marinelli says that Creighton has challenged her to be the best version of herself. Her peers, her professors, the programs offered and each of the opportunities for research, service and leadership have contributed to her education and to shaping who she has become.  

She says that she is forever grateful to those who have helped to make this all possible, those who have left a legacy at Creighton through scholarships.

“Without scholarship support, I would not have been able to attend Creighton or had these experiences. I would like to immensely thank those who have supported me and my time at Creighton.”