2020 40 Under 40 Honoree: Victoria Humphrey
“I've always firmly belived that your ZIP code should not determine the type of education you achieve."
In her not-so-distant Florida pageant days, when Victoria Humphrey reigned as Miss University of Miami and Miss Winter Park, she developed a program to help back her platform. She called it Apples 4 Education.
It revolved around visiting K-12 classrooms — many of them in disadvantaged neighborhoods — to talk about possible careers in the sciences and providing her audience with healthy snacks.
Today, despite being a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh, working two part-time jobs and competing in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant, Humphrey still makes time for the program — now called Snacks for STEM at Fulton Elementary in Highland Park.
“I’ve always firmly believed that your ZIP code should not determine the type of education you achieve,” she says.
Humphrey also understands the power she wields as a Black woman in STEM, not just for young students, but for her patients.
“I see the way they react when someone on their care team looks like them,” Humphrey says. “It’s reinforcing and it’s humbling.”