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Rosemarie DillonRosemarie Dillon ’20

Poteet, TX

Coming from a high school class of 200 to a university with nearly 10 times the student population of your entire hometown would be “a bit of an adjustment” for anyone. But, it didn’t take long for Rosemarie to find her way and excel in her new environment. After all, she is a Top Scholar.

Rosemarie is a biology major and a member of the Top Scholars program, an exclusive merit-based scholarship that combines personalized academic experiences with leadership and community service. As a Top Scholar, Rosemarie is encouraged to take advantage of some really unique opportunities. In just her first year at UTSA, Rosemarie has already gained hands-on experience in South Africa and performed lab research on plant-based viruses!

Rosemarie’s always had a heart for animals and even started working at a veterinarian clinic when she was 16. After she graduates, Rosemarie plans on continuing her education in vet school. “I enjoyed working at the vet clinic and it made me realize, ‘Why not just do something that involves animals all the time?’”

This past July, instead of having to deal with the blazing heat of another Texas summer, Rosemarie enjoyed a nippy winter in rural South Africa. While there, she carried out medical injections, relocated a species of antelope and observed a spay and neuter operation.

Naturally, Rosemarie is the proud pet mom of six dogs, five cats and three chickens. Of all her pets, her favorite is a Pit Bull named Jake. (Just don’t tell the others, OK?)

Rosemarie’s advice to new Roadrunners is to not be afraid to get involved because she believes student organizations can really help with finding a sense of community in a large university.