Mariakarina was the first recipient of the Mary Hofmann Murphy Scholarship through the Hispanic League of Winston-Salem. From an early age, she has known her career path would include healthcare. She is a freshman pursuing a degree in nursing at Winston-Salem State University. With her education, she hopes to serve the Hispanic community to reduce the barriers to healthcare faced by the Hispanic/Latino community.
Recently, she completed an internship at Novant Health where she engaged with patients and completed COVID-19 screenings.