Wolf Point Herald

Fort Peck Native Wins Prestigious Horatio Alger Scholarship

Natasha Chamberlain, 19, of Fort Peck, was one of 10 students in the United States to receive the Horatio Alger Association, in partnership with Honeywell, scholarship for $10,000 to further her education. Over 40 students across the U.S. applied for the scholarship and Chamberlain was among the 10 chosen.
Chamberlain is the daughter of Michael Chamberlain and Erin Adams, although her paternal grandparents, Jerry and Melody Chamberlain, have been her legal guardians since she was 5 years old. Chamberlain graduated from Nashua High School in 2016 with a 3.98 GPA.
Chamberlain is currently a pre-nursing major at Carroll College in Helena. She will be a sophomore for the 2017-18 semester, although she said she is still not 100 percent sure what she would like to do with her life. However, Chamberlain is positive she wants to have a career in healthcare.
“I’m just going to see what is out there and hopefully I’ll find my calling sooner rather than later,” said Chamberlain.
She even proposed the idea of medical school possibly being in her future.
Chamberlain said that she chose Carroll College because of its size, location and family atmosphere. She said she feels very lucky to be able to get to know each of her professors on a personal level.
“Helena is far enough away that I can’t go home every weekend, but if I ever want to catch one of my sisters games or if I miss my dog too much, I can make a quick trip home,” explained Chamberlain.
When asked why she decided to pursue a medical career, Chamberlain said, “What I strive for most is the opportunity to be able to help others.”
On top of that, she said that she loves to work with people and a love for her anatomy and physiology class as well as her chemistry class in both high school and college helped push her into the medical field. She said that she just knew that science and healthcare were the fields for her.
“What is most appealing about nursing is that I can get my bachelor’s of science in nursing at Carroll and, after receiving that, I can work in so many different nursing departments,” explained Chamberlain. “I also have the opportunity to travel, go abroad and help others in developing nations, and advance further in my career to become a nurse practitioner. Nursing is very versatile field and I like that.”
Chamberlain said that when she got the news, around June 19 of this year that she would be receiving the Horatio Alger Scholarship she felt incredibly honored.
“Coming from such a small school, I never expected to be recognized on a national level,” said Chamberlain. She went on to say that it is an extremely rewarding feeling knowing that all of her hard work in school and extracurricular activities paid off.
Chamberlain said that she can receive as much as $2,500 per semester for four years. However, depending on her need per semester, she could possibly retain the scholarship for up to five years.
According to a press release from horatioalger.org, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. is a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. The scholarship typically is granted to students in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. The scholarships, sponsored by Honeywell, are awarded to high school seniors who have overcome adversity and are committed to continuing their education and serving their communities.
The scholarship program was established in 1984 and has since given over $125 million in undergraduate, graduate and specialized scholarships to students from across the United States, including all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Dave Cote, executive chairman of Honeywell, became a life member of the organization in 2014 and established the Honeywell scholarship the same year. Honeywell scholars must have maintained an average grade point average of 3.53 while coming from households with an average annual income of $13,593.
While not tending to her studies, Chamberlain works as a certified nurses assistant at the Valley View Nursing Home. She also makes pizzas at Eugene’s Pizza. She said that she volunteers at a few places while she is in school which includes helping with concussion screenings. She also participates in Carroll’s “Service Saturday” which occurs once per semester. “Service Saturday” is a volunteer day to help those in need including the homeless, elderly or even the environment. She said that she hopes to do more volunteering in her upcoming semester.
When not volunteering or working, Chamberlain likes to keep active. She enjoys racquetball, basketball, volleyball and softball. She is also an outdoorswoman as she enjoys hiking and paddle-boarding. She also enjoys simply spending time with her family, fiends and especially her dog.