Local student earns full ride to Columbia University

Local student earns full ride to Columbia University

TOLEDO (WTOL) - A father’s pride shows as his son Dreyton Amador signs a full ride scholarship to Columbia University.

Amador is a senior at Toledo Technology Academy who will soon be officially moving to New York City next fall to attend Columbia University as a biomedical engineering major.

The thought of this truth hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I was shocked. It was amazing," said Dreyton.

Dreyton has never been to New York City, but he believes the Big Apple will change his life.

“Since it’s so big and there’s so many people there’s so many opportunities there and it’s just, it’s going to be great," he said.

While the senior has every reason to be excited and share his news, staff say it couldn’t have happened to a better kid.

“He’s really humble, he doesn’t seek any attention, he doesn’t make a big deal of anything,” explained David Volk, assistant director at TTA.

That’s also true when Dreyton volunteers with numerous organizations around town, although, being a volunteer at St. Vincent Medical Center has really been an inspiration

“Being in that environment, it just seemed like my fit, I just really enjoyed being in that atmosphere,” said Dreyton.

That experience along with seeing his mom take care of his aunt when he was little is why he’s determined to pursue a job in the medical field.

“I realized that my mother was taking care of her when no one else would and so I knew I wanted to do that same thing and help people like my mother helped my aunt," he explained.

Dreyton’s end goal is to become an anesthesiologist.

He said he was able to find his full ride scholarship opportunity while searching the scholarship website Quest Bridge.

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