Deborah C. Occident

2013 Scholarship Recipient


Deborah was born in the United States. She is the daughter of Martin & Darlene Occident from Haiti. She attended Newark High School where she graduated with a 3.8 GPA. Deborah is an accomplished violinist who gave back to her community by tutoring students in playing the violin.

Deborah’s goal is to be a doctor, more specifically, a cardiologist. She also wants to serve in the military. Deborah is attending St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York where she is taking science and liberal arts. Deborah is articulate, disciplined and intellectually mature for her age. One of her high school teachers remarked, “Deborah is a dedicated student and a true scholar.She has a quiet passion that forces people to take notice when she speaks. Her words seem to have a different heft and resonate in a way that is unique for one her age.”

With guidance for her career path, Deborah will become the compassionate physician she so desires to be.