Alli Grant spent last school year as one of 10 Children’s Miracle Network national spokespeople, missing about 70 days of school to travel the country, speaking with hospitalized children and the donors who help them.
Meanwhile, she maintained a 4.1 grade-point average and gained some real-world knowledge.
“I learned how to hail a taxi in downtown Chicago and different life lessons like that that you can’t get in a small town,” she said.
The Kentucky Governor’s Scholar got involved with the Children’s Miracle Network through her role as the national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America vice president of finance — a role that makes her the first female national FCCLA officer from Kentucky.
Grant, a regional tennis champion and 2010 Miss Kentucky High School America, plans to continue advancing the role of women in science by becoming a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon.
Accordingly, she will attend the University of Louisville on a Brown Fellowship, which includes a full scholarship and guarantees entrance into UofL’s medical school.
The fellowship also funds four study abroad enrichment trips, for which Grant, daughter of Pat and Robin Grant, has big plans.
“My goal is to set foot on six of the seven continents before I graduate,” she said.