My name is Hailey Winslow and I am from Springfield, Illinois. Currently, I am a junior at Southeast Missouri State University studying both biochemistry and business administration. Outside of class, I hold two director positions in Alpha Phi and I am involved in DECA, which is a business organization. I love to volunteer in my free time, attend student ministry, and I also work as a waitress at Cracker Barrel.
Kosisochi Onwuameze was a co-founder and marketing director for Med4Minorities club and a Board member and mentor in Girls IN2 Stem club, two programs targeted at encouraging underrepresented students to purse the STEM field in college. As a volunteer in several clubs and community programs, including volunteering with the Springfield Immigrant Advocacy Network; St. John’s Breadline; Summer Junior Samaritan Program; tutoring students with disabilities in Learning and Development Disabilities Matter, and a youth leader at Calvary church and Christ the King Parish summer programs, she earned the United Nations Association – USA, National Community Service Merit Award. Her participation in the Student Inquiry and Research and through the guide of a research mentor, Dr. Oritsegbubemi Adekola she gained research skills and wrote a paper and made presentation on “Improving Hypertension Control Rate: An Intervention Study in a Cohort of Hypertensive Patients of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She will attend the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and major in Neuroscience.
Kyle Kieffer was born in Springfield, Illinois to Tony and Susan Kieffer, both natives of Central Illinois, and both employees of the Ball-Chatham School District. Early in his life, these individuals instilled values in him that persist to this day—faith, humility, and integrity.
At the end of high school, Kyle set his sights on college. Instead of accepting his admittance to University of Illinois-Champaign, he chose to accept a full-tuition scholarship to Lincoln Land Community College, with plans to transfer to a four-year university after two years. During his sophomore year, Kyle gained admittance to Northwestern University, where he majored in neuroscience while also taking all the required courses for medical school. At Northwestern, he met Dr. Edward Hughes, both a physician and a professor of “Leadership,” whose mentorship played a central role in the development of Kyle’s aspiration to become a physician-leader.
Since college graduation, Kyle has worked in multiple healthcare settings, including solo dermatology practice, ocular tissue recovery, and Mohs micrographic surgery.
Kyle knew he wanted to go to medical school as a teenager. This year, he will fulfill that dream by enrolling at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He envisions himself practicing dermatology, and more specifically, Mohs micrographic surgery.
Congratulations to our 2022 Springfield Noon Lions Foundation $1,000 Scholarship Winners