Aaron Beck

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Aaron Beck 2012

Aaron Beck - Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Portrait of Success

Self-confident, self-assured and self-motivated, Aaron Beck prepared for college through academic rigor, athletic performance and volunteer efforts both at school and in the community. Aaron received the Aly Khan Johnson/Cross Country, Track and Field Scholarship, which helped him to pursue his studies at Coastal Carolina University in the field of Marine Biology.

Born in South Carolina, Aaron moved to Alexandria at the beginning of his sophomore year. Aaron excelled in both honors and AP courses, and also as Captain of the Cross Country and Track and Field Teams.

Aaron describes his decision to take up running as one of the best decisions he ever made. The self-discipline that he achieved from this demanding sport spilled over in to all aspects of his life. This self-discipline strengthened his academic focus, his athletic performance and helped propel him into the demanding academic path he chose.

As an Assistant Professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (College of William and Mary) he works on projects involving trace metal biochemistry, radium geochemistry and coastal groundwater processes. Aaron says, “I never could have predicted from T.C. Williams that I’d end up here, but scholarships like the one I received from the SFA were critical in getting me started, I’m enormously grateful for the opportunities provided by that support.”

T.C. Williams, Class of 1999
B.S., Marine Biology, Coastal Carolina University, 2003
Ph.D., Marine and Atmospheric Science, Stony Brook University, 2007
Post Doctoral Studies, Environmental Biochemistry, Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, 2007-2009