His goal is to be a pediatric neurosurgeon and with a nearly perfect grade point average as he enters his junior year, this 2015 Martin Marietta scholarship recipient is proving himself ready to meet that challenge.
He’s outperformed 90 percent of all students on the Medical College Admissions Test and is set to graduate the Collegium V Honors program at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2017 with two bachelor’s degrees. And, oh yeah, at just 18 years old, Andrew Merrill is two years ahead of schedule.
Roxanne, Andrew and Travis Merrill.
“I’m grateful for this scholarship,” says the son of Travis Merrill, an information systems manager based in Dallas who joined Martin Marietta from TXI. “Everything costs money and being able to pay for college and save for medical school is very helpful.”
Merrill says he meets success by first identifying a goal and then relentlessly pursuing the course of action necessary to make it a reality.
“It’s one day at a time, step by step,” he says. “I like to plan things out meticulously, so that I have everything that I’m going to do, when I’m going to do it.”
He’s made the most of the opportunities he’s been given and has tried to continually learn from those who have come before; with plans to attend University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, he’s spent the past two years shadowing doctors and surgeons and assisting professors with cutting-edge research in physics and mathematics.
Ultimately, the teen hopes to refine his clinical interests in medical school and research such conditions as cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects his younger sister.
“As I look to the future, I see myself making a real difference to children and their families,” he says. “I want to be able to touch someone else’s life and make it better.”