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Katchis Family Scholar is a HERO on Homewood Campus

Connor Steele-McCutchen helps Hopkins students in emergencies and the underserved overseas
Posted September 6, 2016

Connor Steele-McCutchen responds to student emergencies on Homewood Campus.

Connor Steele-McCutchen in biology lab Connor Steele-McCutchen in biology lab

Amazing and fulfilling adventures define Katchis Family Scholar Connor Steele-McCutchen's life thus far: fundraising for the Australian Red Cross and herding cattle in the Outback on a dirt bike; being an EMT while still in high school; working in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Panama; and sailing to Vanuatu, a nation of islands in the South Pacific Ocean where he was employed in a central hospital.

And now as a public health/pre-med major, Steele-McCutchen, A&S ’18, volunteers with the Johns Hopkins Emergency Response Organization, HERO for short. Within this larger medical services group, the student-operated unit responds to emergency calls on the Homewood Campus and refers as needed to Johns Hopkins Hospital Lifeline.

"It really helps build a sense of community within Johns Hopkins. These are students responding to students," Steele-McCutchen says about HERO. "Because of that and also our high level of professionalism, it adds a very strong dynamic to what it means to be pre‑med on the Hopkins campus."

Many of Steele-McCutchen's other experiences he owes to his parents, former academics who started a maple syrup research farm in Massachusetts to study sustainable harvesting and then decided to start a non-profit organization called Island Reach. To this end, they mortgaged the farm and bought a research vessel to sail the family to remote areas and help farmers and fishermen during their off-season.

"The love and the support that my family's given me through this process, it's been incredible, and it's gotten me to some incredible places," says Steele-McCutchen. "But there's not a lot of money in maple syrup."

That's why receiving the Stuart and Ellen Katchis Family Scholarship is a "game changer," according to Steele-McCutchen. "I would not be able to be here without that, and I have a huge opportunity to explode with the work that I care about. I'm eternally grateful for that opportunity. Not a lot of people get it. It's amazing, and I'm really thankful for that."

In the short-term, Steele-McCutchen plans to get MD/MPH degrees. Long-term, "I see myself working internationally with aid organizations in small, under‑resourced areas," he says. "The most important thing to me is that I have a lasting impact on the largest number of people and hopefully a positive one," he adds with a laugh.

To learn how to establish a scholarship, contact the appropriate development officer below:

Berman Institute: Becky Barnes
Bloomberg School of Public Health: Heath Elliott
Carey Business School: Greg Bowden
Center for Talented Youth: Margaret Walsh
Johns Hopkins Medicine: Steve Rum
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences: Debra Lannon
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies: Kimberle Morton
Peabody Institute: Jessica Lunken
School of Education: Michele Y. Ewing
School of Nursing: Tammy Berwanger
Sheridan Libraries and University Museums: Sylvia Eggleston Wehr
Whiting School of Engineering: Megan Howie