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Wentworth Biomedical Engineering Student Receives Tighe & Bond, Inc. Engineering Scholarship

Pictured: President & CEO Bob Belitz and Recruiting Manager Jo Martin meet with scholarship winner Aurora Wilks and Wentworth Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Beth Curtis.

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to Aurora Wilks, a Junior at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT), for receiving the University’s Tighe & Bond, Inc. Engineering Scholarship this year. The scholarship was established at WIT in 1993. Upon awarding Aurora with this year’s scholarship, President & CEO Bob Belitz met with her to extend his congratulations on her accomplishments and discuss her future career path.

Aurora hails from Fruitport, Michigan, and found her home at WIT studying Biomedical Engineering. As a student-athlete, she pitches for the Leopards’ Varsity Softball team which has helped her get involved in the athletic community. Playing softball has also enabled her to focus on her academics, starting study groups to help herself and her teammates put their grades and career goals in the forefront.

Aurora’s leadership skills don’t stop there. She helped a friend establish the WIT Jewish club to highlight even more diversity on campus and is working on an educational project to teach students and staff about the topics of sexual assault and dating violence. She has even been asked to return to her high school to speak to students about what it means to be a leader while balancing academics and sports. She is no stranger to wearing many hats while pursuing her education. On top of school and athletics, Aurora also works constantly to ensure she can pay her own way through school.

So, what are her big plans after graduation? She wants to continue her studies in either oncology or orthopedics. Aurora wants to create technologies to help with cancer treatments and more advanced and personalized leg or foot prosthetics that are capable of all ranges of movement and forces. She hopes to work either with veterans who were injured in battle or open her own practice to work with children and adults looking for functional prosthetics for athletics or physical jobs.

“My main goal through all of school and work is to influence others for the better and use my strengths and privilege to help other people and save their lives.” – Aurora Wilks, WIT Biomedical Engineering Student.

Aurora exemplifies the core values of hard work and compassion that Tighe & Bond holds dear and we are proud to support her on her journey to making a difference in the world.