A strong calling to serve God in the medical field is a common goal for the 2017 Farish scholars, Logan Miller, nursing student from Sarasota, Florida, and Luke Manda, biology and pre-health student from Sunrise, Florida, who were recipients of this year’s Farish scholarship.
Miller hopes to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and continue with graduate students to become a nurse practitioner. Miller explains that his faith has a direct impact on his collegiate goal as he aims to live out his life as God’s word says in Galatians 5:13-14 and Matthew 28:19-20.
“Because I have found caring for others to be a calling on my life, I have decided to pursue a life of service in nursing,” said Miller. “I have taken it as a clear command from God to actively engage, serve and love all those who are in my community, locally and globally.”
Luke Manda hopes to become a missionary doctor following the completion of his degree at PBA. Manda has dedicated his life to care for others, including his adopted younger brother, who came from an extremely broken home. Manda led an outreach to a government subsidized neighborhood in Pompano Beach and has fought to create a safe place for middle school students to find encouragement and discover their identity in Christ.
“I am a missionary, regardless of my location, and I would use this scholarship to occupy my mission field,” said Manda. “If there’s a chance that I can help one person see Jesus by going to PBA and learning about biology, chemistry and medicine, then I want to do anything and everything to make that happen.”
The Farish Scholars program provides a four-year, full tuition scholarship annually to two incoming freshmen who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements and a commitment to community service. The late Joseph Farish, Jr. had a reputation for being a tough litigator and successful businessman. He also was known as an honest man with a wonderful sense of humor and a soft heart for those who needed a helping hand.
To qualify, applicants must have a 3.5 GPA and qualifying SAT score of 1,380 or ACT score of 31, be an entering freshman, be a Florida resident, and complete the full admissions application process and demonstrate extensive community involvement.