CHANTILLY, Va., June 13, 2016 – NMR is proud to name Marah M. as the winner of the 2016 Richard Harris Memorial Scholarship. Marah distinguished herself through her passionate commitment to academia – including two years in the challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology Higher Level program – extracurricular activities, philanthropy, and creative essay.
Marah’s essay entitled The Medicine of Music described the powerful effects music has on the human brain. “Music has much more power than many people realize,” said Marah. “Neuroscientists and technology have unveiled the vast number of opportunities just waiting to be utilized in music therapy.”
She went on to hypothesize that the results of neuroscience and technology promise revolutionary developments in music therapy for many mental disorders and diseases. “Far from mere entertainment, music is emerging as one of the most effective forms of medicine for mental disorders,” said Marah.
Marah intends to study neuroscience at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
The Richard Harris Memorial Scholarship, created in memory of a respected NMR employee, helps reduce financial barriers for students interested in entering college to pursue STEM majors – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded based on the student’s academics, leadership abilities in school activities or through work experiences, evidence of STEM interest through academic courses taken or participation in programs or events indicating such interest, and their essay. A social media component of the application provides opportunities for additional consideration.
This year, NMR Consulting received applications from more than 30 qualified applicants from 17 states.