Skip To Content
Spelman Students

Our Stories

Alumna Who Experienced Homelessness Earns Full Ride to Yale Medical School

August 2019

Spelman Alumna Chelesa Fearce Heads to Yale Med SchoolChelesa Fearce, C’2017, is a true testament to overcoming unfair odds. The former biochemistry major is now a Yale Medical School graduate student with a full scholarship and a stipend to cover living expenses. Her accomplishment is a long way from being a homeless high school student who studied by the stove light at extended-stay motels in Clayton County, Georgia.

“Homelessness taught me how to work hard, always persevere and never let anything get in my way,” Fearce told The Atlanta Journal- Constitution recently. While at Spelman, she had her sights set on earning an M.D./Ph.D. in pharmacology and beginning a career as a psychiatrist. Those plans have not changed. She still plans to develop safer, more affordable treatments for psychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.

VIEW VIDEO: Fearce Discusses Research Experiences at Spelman

While a student a Spelman, Fearce was featured in a video where she discusses her experience in the R.I.S.E. program. The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement program is designed to give students structured biomedical research-training program who want to pursue a career in biomedical research.

Submit Your Story

We want to hear from you. Briefly tell us about your Spelman achievements. If more information is needed, we will contact you.

Please Note: We appreciate your contribution, but submission of your information does not guarantee you will be featured in Our Stories.

Enter your full name.
For example, C'2020
Limit 500 characters. HTML tags are not allowed. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would like to be profiled in Our Stories.
* Photo
Please provide a large, quality photo.
Be sure the video is marked as Public.
How Did You Hear About Our Stories? (check all that apply)



* Accept Terms