BSN student Elizabeth Zeleke
Zeleke, a first-gen, Posse Scholar, Ethiopia/Houston native, and dog mom to bulldogs, is a leader in BSNA and the first in her family to go into healthcare.

Meet Elizabeth.

Ethiopean and Houston native. A first-generation college student and the first in her family to go into healthcare. Fluent in Amharic, dog mom to two bulldogs, and a future certified nurse midwife. Third-year BSN student, a leader in the Black Student Nurses Alliance, and a Posse Scholar.


"I learned about UVA through the Posse scholarship program my senior year of high school, and the world-class education provided here. I never got to visit UVA, but I took a leap of faith, and I am so happy I did! I'd always been interested in a career in healthcare, coming from a medical science Magnet program. However, after the pandemic, I learned so much more about the nursing profession. After a lot of research and soul-searching, I realized this was the perfect career choice for me and aligned with my God-given purpose."


"EMPOWERING. My time here has empowered me to be the best type of nurse I can be, but also the best individual I can be. There is so much pride to take in your practice and the care you provide as a nurse, as well as in your own story as an individual. The education and mentorship I've received here has empowered me to do so."
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