MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Becoming a doctor is out of reach for many minority students, but thanks to a Blue Cross Blue Shield scholarship, one Middle Tennessee State University student is working to make that dream a reality.
Sierra Cruz, a junior at MTSU, was studying to become a nurse, but when she went to a conference where she saw and heard a panel of African American physicians, she decided that day to change her major to pre-med.
Cruz applied for and earned a Blue Cross Blue Shield scholarship that was created to help bring more minorities into the medical field.
Now, she's is hoping to inspire others to dream big.
"It's a privilege to be sitting in this chair, it's a privilege to be here and I'll never forget that. A large reason of my passion for medicine is to inspire other minorities to do what I'm doing," Cruz said.