by Kimberly Willis Green
Katrina Burch, a graduating senior at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA) and STEM scholar plans to double major in Biomedical Engineering and Business Administration at the Georgia Institute of Technology
this fall. With a 3.9 GPA and ranked third in her class, Katrina is one of Atlanta Public Schools’ (APS) outstanding graduates. She served as a panelist for the White House Marginalized Girls in STEM Conference, placed as a finalist in the 2015 International Science and Engineering Science Fair, and placed second in the APS Regional Science Fair. In 2014, Katrina was published as a co-author in the Georgia Institute of Technology biomedical research abstract in the Georgia Institute of Technology Journal.
Katrina is also a scholar-athlete who has participated in varsity cheerleading, track & field, and basketball. In her community, Katrina volunteers with the Atlanta Women & Children’s Day Shelter, the Sister-To-Sister Mentoring Program, and she is a private tutor.
She has the distinction of being the first recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship in the history of CSKYWLA. Other scholarship offers awarded include Buick Achievers Scholarship Program and the Zell Miller Scholarship. Katrina’s total scholarship awards exceed the $1 million mark. She is proud to be the first in her family to attend college.
After she earns her bachelor’s degree from Tech, Katrina has plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to earn a Master of Public Health. Her career aspirations are to become an epidemiologist.