Spotlight: Kendra McDermott, '16

Posted by Seattle University Alumni Association on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 12:40 PM PDT

Spotlight: Kendra McDermott, ‘16



Kendra reading a magazine.

After struggling to pay her way through college, once living in her car to afford tuition, Kendra never envisioned graduate school as part of her life plan. After earning a degree in accounting, she found that climbing the corporate ladder did not suit her. Her prayers for direction and purpose were answered by a call to serve others. Years of volunteering opened her eyes to the need for healthcare in low-income communities. She felt compelled to make a difference working in frontline care as a nurse practitioner and sought a graduate program that would teach not just nursing skills but also how to advocate for her patients. Then a married mother with a toddler and a second child on the way, she found what she was looking for in Seattle University. A scholarship made it possible for her dreams to become a reality. As a student, Kendra’s goal was to work at the forefront of colon cancer detection for underserved geriatric populations. Since graduation, Kendra has realized her dream and is a nurse practitioner in gastroenterology at Swedish.