My name is Hayley Moon, and I am in the class of 2014. In the fall of 2010, just as I planned to move away and start college in Georgia, my mother was unexpectedly hospitalized for several weeks. For a long time the doctors could not determine what she was suffering from but one of the possibilities was Lymphoma. Instead, the diagnosis was Sarcoidosis. While much less is known about Sarcoidosis, the life-expectancy is much more promising than Lymphoma.
This turn of our family’s fortunes called for a change in how and where I would pursue my college education. While doing research on opportunities to attend college closer to home, I explored Auburn Montgomery. What I found was intriguing and I applied. Words cannot describe how much it means to me and my family that AUM would see enough potential to honor me with both the Ida Bell Young AND Jacoby scholarships. For me, being a scholarship recipient is not only meaningful in terms of recognition but financially as well. This assistance has truly lifted some of the financial burden off of the shoulders of my mother.
I am currently studying chemistry and plan to attend medical school to become a neurologist. I imagine that someday my research will help find a cure for Sarcoidosis.
Hayley was a featured speaker at the Campaign Kick-off Gala on November 1, 2012. Hear Hayley thank those who invested in her by providing her with scholarships, which allow her to further her education and find a cure for Sarcoidosis.