ATLANTA: Christina Thomas of Kennesaw, Georgia was chosen as the winner of the GOGO Charters National Scholarship for Immigrants and Refugees. Inspired by CEO Armir Harris's challenges as an immigrant, the scholarship provides USD 10,000 to one driven individual - born outside of the United States - who has faced similar challenges. Click here to listen to the moment Christina found out she won the scholarship.
Born in India, Christina Thomas graduated from Kennesaw Mountain High School and is currently a freshman at the University of Georgia, where she will pursue a degree in genetics and eventually a career in neonatology.

Christina served as co-president of Kennesaw Mountain's "Future Healthcare Providers" organization while completing a medical internship at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia. "I knew I wanted to be a doctor, but I didn't know what kind of doctor I was going to be. When internship choices were announced, I took a chance and did neonatal. I loved every minute of it. That's when I knew."

Christina ended up playing a crucial role in implementing the Golden Hour Initiative, which ensures that the hospital staff is doing everything possible to give an infant the best possible chance at survival during their first two hours of life. "We brought the initiative to Kennestone, and I helped establish the protocol. I ran statistical tests to see what we could do better."

"Some of the most heartbreaking moments happen in neonatology," Thomas explained. "You have to prepare yourself for that. But the feeling you get when a parent finally gets to hold their baby and take their baby home— that makes it all worth it."

Christina's hard work and dedication set her apart from over 500 scholarship applicants from all over the USA. Everyone at GOGO Charters is extremely proud of Christina's work, and can't wait to see what the future holds for her. The scholarship will begin accepting student applications for the 2018-2019 school year March 1st, 2018 at

(Posted on 28 September 2017, 1686138700 172O70O135O129)