Scholar Spotlight

Michelle Chiang

School: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Year of Graduation: 2020
Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Meet Michelle Chiang, age 16, who is a junior at UCLA studying Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology.  Her journey in higher education began at California State University’s Early Entrance Program, which allows students as young as 11 to enter college. This program allowed Michelle to begin her college career at age 14.

This year she transferred to UCLA to complete her undergraduate work. Michelle’s interest in science and medicine led her to a unique opportunity to become a volunteer in the dental office of Dr. Jennifer Wu.  Michelle’s non-stop questions during her dental appointment with Dr. Wu led to her being invited to assist Dr. Wu in her clinic for low income patients.  Besides basic tasks of cleanup, setup and filing, Michelle also enjoyed working with patients by being able to explain complicated procedures and putting their mind at ease.

Amanda  Hyatt

School: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
Year of Graduation: 2020
Major: Graphic Design

Meet Amanda Hyatt, age 23, who is returning to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, where she previously earned an Associate’s degree in Visual Communications.  Amanda worked for two years in the fashion industry as a Designing Assistant. This experience reaffirmed her passion to become an Art Director in the fashion industry, with a desire to emphasize the importance of women’s empowerment, sustainability, and helping others reach their potential. She plans on using photography, writing, branding, and marketing to bring awareness of the realities Americans face socially, politically, and economically.

Amanda is originally from Arizona and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to go to FIDM.  While in school she earned an internship with a small sustainable swimwear and apparel design business, H_A_H, and has been part of this group ever since.  Though she has been working full time for two years to save enough money to return to FIDM, she still needed more support to realize her dreams and ambitions and The Ebell Scholarship Committee is proud to provide some of that support.