We would like to recognize the 2020 FTC Scholarship recipients, Cage Cochran and Alba Contreras!
FTC’s scholarship program seeks to identify students like Cage and Alba, who display a combination of academic excellence, participation in student activities, and community involvement. We wish them both the best of luck as they start their new journey!
Cage is a 2020 graduate from Fyffe High School. Cage plans on attending Yale University in the fall where he will major in Chemistry or History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. While at the university, he hopes to participate in undergraduate research and shadow several types of physicians at Yale New Haven Hospital. Additionally, Cage intends to join clubs and volunteer projects that focus on bridging healthcare disparities in America.
After graduating from college, Cage aspires to attend Medical School at Emory University in Atlanta and eventually pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon, radiologist, or primary care physician. His plans are to return to Alabama to practice medicine in order to focus on fixing physician shortages in rural communities as well as healthcare disparities for the impoverished. Cage also excels in his extracurricular activities at Fyffe High School. He has held class office for four years, he is a member of Beta club, serving as vice president and president, and also a member of Spanish club, serving as both president and reporter. Cage participates in varsity football and competitive cheerleading. Cage founded three programs at Fyffe High School; The Senior Citizen Program, The Devil’s Brew Coffee Shop and a tutoring program for students who need assistance in their classes. He volunteers at Fyffe Oktoberfest, Fyffe Giving Tree and works at a local gym teaching tumbling and cheerleading. Cage is also a member of the Sigma Kappa Delta at Northeast Alabama Community College. He attended the Rural Health Scholars Program at the University of Alabama where he received the program’s highest GPA in Chemistry and Creative Writing. Cage commits to all these activities while maintaining a 4.245 GPA and taking dual enrollment classes at a NACC.
Cage is also a recipient of the Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete-3000.
Alba is currently a first-generation college student at Northeast Alabama Community College and majoring in elementary education. She will graduate this summer from NACC with an associate’s degree. She plans on transferring to Jacksonville State University in the fall, where she will be working towards earning her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in psychology and Spanish. After graduating from JSU, Alba plans on teaching at an elementary school. “Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed about being a teacher” says Alba.
Alba is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Mu Alpha, and Sigma Kappa Delta. Her membership in these honor societies is due to her high GPA of 3.8. While maintaining this high scholastic record, Alba has also held three part-time jobs. She provides childcare for several families, works at DeKalb Regional Medical Center, and works in the financial aid office at NACC.