Class of 2021
Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C.
Grace majored in biology and minored in chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She graduated cum laude on the Chancellor’s List in 2017.
Grace decided to become a physician assistant because, as she says, she’s “firsthand the toll that the absence of a primary health care provider can have on community members.
“There is a clear pattern that I see of people putting healthcare on the back burner to other things that are happening in their life,” Grace said.
“In the span of time I have spent in the healthcare field, it has made me realize what my true goal is and that is to serve people in rural and underprivileged societies. The major goal here is to see them get their health back and bring their healthcare goals to the forefront.
“As a PA, I want to give people the resources they deserve to have to keep their health at its absolute best as they are treated competently and compassionately.”
Grace has been serving others most of her life. She remembers helping her principal many evenings when she was in elementary school.
More recently, Grace volunteers at her church and has selflessly:
- Provided medical assistance at Trinity Urgent Care
- Rehabilitated houses for disabled individuals on a World Changers mission trip
- Served as a health educator and school student tutor and aide at Union Chapel Elementary School
- Volunteered with Home Health
Grace’s parents are heavily involved in the community. The youngest of four brothers and two sisters, Grace says that volunteering is a family effort.
“I am a product of being raised to do inservice projects with community schools and church organizations,” Grace said. “I pride myself from coming a large family because each one of us is unique in our own special way. These qualities help shape the person I am today.”
Grace chose the PC Physician Assistant Studies Program partly because it’s close to home.
“Also, PC has highly qualified professors that have and will go above and beyond to ensure that my classmates and me become competent and compassionate physician assistants,” Grace said.