When Eugene Burse '22 came to Cincinnati Country Day School in the fourth grade, it was to follow in his mother's footsteps. Now, he is about to graduate and is pursuing her path again.
Merle Burse, Eugene's mother, also attended Country Day. She graduated in 1986 and then attended the University of Cincinnati on the Darwin T. Turner Scholarship. Eugene also recently received the same scholarship and will be heading to the University of Cincinnati (UC) in the fall.
But that decision did not come easy because Eugene also received full-tuition scholarship offers from Case Western and The Ohio State University.
"It's truly a blessing to be in this position, having so many different options on where to go to school,” said Burse. “When I reflect on how I’ve gotten here, it is partly due to my hard work, but I would not be here without my family, friends, and other support I have had along the way.”
The Darwin T. Turner Scholarship was established in 1976 to honor Darwin T. Turner, a Black student who, at the age of 16, was the youngest person ever to graduate from UC. The scholarship is based on academic performance and seeks to find candidates that demonstrate involvement, leadership, and advocacy for the diversity and inclusion of marginalized populations.
"Because of the small class sizes at Country Day, I have made many solid friendships and bonds. I am grateful for the ability to create quality and long-lasting relationships rather than an abundance of short-lived connections," said Burse. "I've developed a powerful mindset and sense of self-confidence. I've learned how to be a leader, and I believe in myself."
Eugene plans to major in finance and economics. His goal is to work in the investment industry, and his dream is to own a hedge fund.
"At Country Day, you have the opportunity to surround yourself with so many successful figures from alumni to guest speakers to the general Country Day community. Being part of this community motivates me and has taught me to strive for excellence in everything I do," said Burse.
As his time at Country Day wraps up, Eugene has some advice for younger students.
"My advice for younger students is to find yourself and what makes you happy. Country Day offers many opportunities for students to explore all sorts of interests. Using those opportunities is essential to help enhance your perspective of the world and your future."