The recipient of the 2018 University of Washington Bothell Chancellor’s Medal is Clinton Foriska, an Army veteran who plans to become a doctor and care for veterans.
After graduating with his biology degree, Foriska will start medical school in the fall at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, a private four-year school for osteopathic medicine in Yakima, Washington.
Foriska served two stints in the Army over 10 years. He was deployed to Iraq in 2009 for about a year. Jumping out of helicopters, kicking down doors and seeing combat left him 100 percent disabled with back, neck and ankle injuries and PTSD. During his college career he missed a quarter for cancer treatment, which continues.
The medal is presented to inspirational students who overcome significant obstacles.
“I guess I do what I can to overcome whatever circumstances,” Foriska said. “Like with cancer — change my lifestyle, change my diet — and in the meantime, try to not let it get the best of me. I keep a good attitude, I guess.”
The 31-year-old Monroe resident earned a near-4.0 GPA and was active in the biology club. After earning a D.O. degree, Foriska hopes to help veterans in rural areas.