Maitreyi Shrikhande, a Davenport Central High School senior, was surprised Friday morning to learn she’s getting a $20,000 medical scholarship for college.

Each year, the Davenport Community School District awards the Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley Scholarship to a Davenport high school senior. The student must be in the upper 10% of the class and have a minimum GPA of 3.7 after seven semesters of high school.

Shrikhande – an athlete, cellist, Genesis Health System volunteer and part of the creative team behind the “Mask Up Quad Cites” campaign – plans to attend Augustana College in the fall.

Principal Jon Flynn, Shrikhande’s counselor Sterling Kingery, teachers and parents all surprised her with the news Friday, April 29, 2022.

“It was really touching to see how many people were there,” Shrikhande said. “They’re all people I look up to. Being a doctor is something I’ve always wanted to do. And psychiatry has become my passion.”

Shrikhande will attend Augustana this fall, to major in psychology and pre-medicine.

“This is the single most sought-after scholarship,” said Kingery. “It’ll make a great impact… I’m almost speechless. She is very deserving.”

Shrikhande said she’s been volunteering at Genesis East Hospital since she was in 8th grade, first by playing cello in the entryway then volunteering at the front desk and as part of the Art from the Heart Program. “This is a huge deal for me,” she said. “Not only because of how it helps financially, but it gives me a lot of hope. It tells me I’m on the right path.”

Additionally, she has delivered a TEDxYouth Talk when she was a freshman in high school. The talk, “The Unexpected Outcomes of Volunteering,” is available here.