Alumni Profiles

Thomas Harley

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Coral Gables, FL
High School: Coral Gables High School

Throughout my life, I have always been a person driven by passions. Some fleeting, which I vigorously fixate upon for days at a time and come to forget soon after. Others, though, have become the driving force and premise for my actions and my service. In my high school years, I became focused upon changing the climate of my large public school from one of intolerance and exclusion to an environment of acceptance and inclusion, specifically centered around the sizable special-needs student demographic. I developed a passion for helping those who I believed had been dealt a bad hand in one way or the other. As I a future STEM major with plans to attend medical school, I plan to utilize my career as a means of continued service towards those whose lives have been hindered in one way or the other.

What drew you to the Robertson Program?

Aside from the obvious incredible financial benefits of a free education, the Robertson Program is one that fosters excellence through a combination of intellectual curiosity, a desire to serve, and the accelerator known as community. Those with different strengths but a common goal become an almost unstoppable force, and I immediately viewed the Robertson Scholars as a group which could achieve world-changing things together. The community was one which I deeply desired to be a part of, and one which I am overwhelmingly grateful for my acceptance into.

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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