San José State University Trustee Emeritus William Hauck and Padget Kaiser Scholar
After graduating from high school, Hannah Bittar faced and overcame multiple personal challenges on the road to achieving her goals of attending college and earning a degree. These experiences fueled a deep resilience and motivation to balance what was important: her studies, a job and giving back.
Currently, Hannah is a senior at San José State, majoring in molecular biology with a minor in chemistry. Her passion for helping people led her to co-found J&H New Beginnings, a nonprofit organization that raises money to assemble and distribute care packages to those in need and promotes humanitarian activities that create change in local communities. In addition, Hannah maintains a 3.7 GPA while volunteering with Crisis Text Line as a trained crisis counselor and at Stanford Medicine Valley Care Hospital, where she checks on patients.
Hannah's future aspirations include getting accepted into medical school, earning her M.D. degree and becoming a board-certified physician.