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Future Icons Grants | 2021
Threads for Threads

As part of our Threads for Threads initiative to provide long-lasting impact in our community, we are also extremely proud to be growing our Future Icons Grant program to help students and recent graduates in the healthcare community reduce the burden of tuition and student loan repayment.

In 2021, we chose 10 Awesome Humans to each receive a $50k grant to go toward their tuition or student loan repayment, for a total of $500k awarded. Our recipients are inspirational and deeply passionate about healthcare. We hope these grants allow these Awesome Humans to focus on what’s important – dreaming bigger than everyone, impacting the future and creating the world we all want to live in. We also hope these grants help play a role in inspiring the next generation to become healthcare professionals.

The 2021 Winners

Alex H., OTR, MOT BioA A specialist in pediatric hand therapy, OTR Alex fosters independence in her young patients while striving towards a more eco-conscious future for her field.

August F., Veterinary Student A veterinary student following his grandfather’s path – they studied at the same school – and August hopes to reopen his grandfather’s animal clinic.

Freddy F., Future DDS Driven by the power of second chances, community leader and non-traditional student Freddy went into dentistry to help recovering addicts restore their smiles.

Gina Y., MD, Future Ophthalmologist A first-generation, first-year general surgery and ophthalmology resident, Gina was inspired to become a doctor by her dad’s work-related injury.

Jen K., MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC With a commitment to serving marginalized communities, nurse practitioner Jen is on a mission to bring quality healthcare to women experiencing homelessness.

Jordan S., RN, MSN, Student Nurse Midwife Mother of two and student nurse midwife, RN Jordan is driven to improve the statistics around maternal and infant mortality rates within the Black community.

Kalvin M., Future BSN Working towards certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, LVN Kalvin is driven by a desire to support healthier mindsets and happier lives.

Nayelah S., MD, Internal Medicine Her experience as a refugee brought Nayelah to medicine – now she’s a clinician educator training the next generation of healthcare professionals.

Desiree S., PA-S As a physician assistant in-training, Desiree brings passion to the field and aspires to advocate for the mental health of her future patients.

Sven G., MD After listening to a transgender friend’s experience with healthcare, Sven was inspired to begin a 15-year journey towards becoming a gender-affirmation surgeon.

To read more about our Threads for Threads initiative, please visit our full 2021 Impact Report.