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MassBay Alum Awarded the First Henri A. Termeer Scholarship

Friday, November 20, 2020

Camila Wendorff FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (November 18, 2020) — MassBay Community College is proud to announce that alumna, Camila Wendorff of Belmont, MA, has been awarded the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) inaugural Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship. The Scholarship was presented virtually at MassBioEd’s fifth annual Champions for Biotechnology Education Award Reception on November 18, 2020, which celebrated outstanding advocacy for and support of biotechnology educational programs in Massachusetts.

In celebration of Henri A. Termeer’s commitment to scientific discovery and mentorship of aspiring and accomplished scientists, the MassBioEd Henir A. Termeer Student Scholarship program presents one outstanding student who plans to enroll in an eligible two- or four-year life sciences undergraduate program with $2,500 for their college tuition. The Chair and Co-Founder of The Termeer Foundation, Belinda Termeer, presented the Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship Award.

“I am delighted to recognize the accomplishments of Camila Wendorff as the 2020 recipient of the Henri A. Termeer scholarship,” said Belinda Termeer. “My late husband, Henri Termeer, understood the need to support and encourage those young scientists, who would provide the scientific knowledge and leadership that may lead to future research discoveries and medical breakthroughs.  This award, in conjunction with the work of MassBioEd, offers a deserving junior scientist the opportunity to pursue their academic goals and a career in the life science industry.”

Wendorff, an international student from Brazil, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology with a focus on epidemiology at Framingham State University. She was inspired to come to the United States by her grandmother, who struggled with cancer and whose illness motivated Wendorff to study cancer research.

“I am very honored to receive the first Henri A. Termeer Student Scholarship Award,” said Camila Wendorff. “This transfer scholarship represents the start of a new chapter of my academic career where I’ve been supported and acknowledged from day one. I am thankful for this opportunity and the motivation it has given me towards my academic career.”

Wendorff first came to the U.S. and MassBay to learn English and work in an Au Pair program. By quickly learning the language and saving enough money through her employment and from her family in Brazil who sold off some of their farmland, she was able to enroll full-time at MassBay. At MassBay, Wendorff was involved in the STEM Mentor program as a mentee, while also mentoring fellow students and younger girls to further their interest in STEM. To honor and memorialize her grandmother, Wendorff plans to continue her academic studies in graduate school, focusing on epigenetics.

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MassBay Community College is ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for two-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded lifelong learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.

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