Hamel Scholars Program

The Hamel Scholarship recipients and Hamel Scholars share the university’s excitement and gratitude about the extraordinary investment Dana Hamel has made in the university and the future of the state of New Hampshire.

Meet UNH Hamel Scholar Tim Marquis '15

Senior Tim Marquis expressed his appreciation upon the announcement of Mr. Hamel's historic gift.


UNH Hamel Scholar Tim Marquis, '15

Good morning,

My name is Timothy Marquis. I am a senior Biomedical Sciences major following a “pre-med” curriculum in COLSA, the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. I will be the first generation in my family to finish college and pursue an advanced degree. I aspire to go to medical school to become an oncologist.

As a New Hampshire native, I entered my senior year of high school with the young, naïve opinion that I had to attend a private college; UNH wasn’t even on my radar. Like many, I believed that I would receive a better education and supplemental experiences at a private school. But growing up in a modest middle-class family, we didn’t have the money for me to attend private schools anyways – UNH was really my only option financially. It wasn’t until I got here and got involved in the Wildcat culture that I realized just how ignorant I was.

As a sophomore, I was nominated for the Hamel Scholars Program by Associate Dean of COLSA, Dr. Kimberly Babbitt, a rare gesture as typically only upperclassmen are selected for this most prestigious program. It has been a true honor getting to know other high-caliber students who dedicate themselves to academic achievement. It has been a fantastic experience – one that has allowed me to connect and form relationships with individuals of diverse interests and backgrounds. And the many opportunities to give back to UNH, local and state communities through our various service projects is incredibly fulfilling. Through experiences like these I have realized I am lucky to be at UNH; these are the experiences that make me proud to call myself a wildcat; these are the experiences that have helped to shape me as an individual, my academic endeavors and the future physician I aspire to be.

Mr. Hamel, I would like to personally thank you and your family for your generous support of the Hamel Scholars Program. I appreciate your recognition of the qualities of academic rigor and dedication to community service that Hamel Scholars exhibit, including me. Your financial support in the form of a scholarship is significantly aiding my aspirations of going to medical school.

I would also like to take a moment to share my appreciation for your support of my research endeavors. As a testament to your extensive philanthropy, through the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, I have received three research grants funded by you and your family. In fruition of your support, I have co-authored three scientific papers; I am first author on my own manuscript which is in preparation; and I was named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar.

Through the many experiences you have provided, I have come to appreciate the unique value of public schools – of UNH. These are testimonies to the quality of public education.

You have been an inspirational role model to me; as someone who has benefited from a public education, like you, I hope to help in-state and out-of-state students by someday establishing a state medical school, improving the access to quality medical care in NH. NH lacks an affordable in-state alternative to the prestigious private medical school at Dartmouth. As a physician, it will be my dream to establish a state medical school in the state system that provided me with such an unparalleled education full of rewarding opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.

Your contributions have provided for many invaluable experiences in my life – I am sincerely grateful to you and your family for all that you have done for me.

Thank you, Mr. Hamel