At American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC), we understand that medical school requires a substantial financial commitment. That’s why, we’re committed to investing in aspiring physicians through scholarship opportunities for eligible students.
This semester, AUC has continued to provide scholarship opportunities to career-changers, international students, first-generation physicians and many other deserving applicants.
Here are the stories of a few recent scholarship recipients.
First Generation Scholarship
Dao’s parents migrated to the U.S. from Vietnam in the 1970s, and Dao will be the first in her family to become a physician.
“I have an incredibly supportive and encouraging family who not only pushes me to keep moving forward but also to pursue my passion,” Dao says. “I feel incredibly fortunate that I have been presented with this opportunity.”
A native of Grand Prairie, TX, Dao holds a BS in psychology from Texas Christian University and a MS in medical sciences from University of North Texas. She has scribed in the emergency department of a pediatric hospital, shadowed a primary care internist at Arlington Premier Health Clinic and participated in numerous mentorship and tutoring programs.
First Generation Scholarship
Reid’s grandmother came to the U.S. in 1928, escaping atrocities in her homeland of Armenia. Though his interest in healthcare came as a surprise to his family, who expected him to follow his father into a career in carpentry, Reid’s grandmother said that the day he shared his medical aspirations with her was one of the happiest days of her life.
“She related my decision to that of her moving to the United States. Both of us stepped out of our comfort zone in order to pursue our dreams and make life better for ourselves, our family and those around us,” Reid says. “Though the road to medical school has been long and arduous at times, my family has supported me each step of the way.”
Reid holds a BS in biomedical science from University of Buffalo and a MS in adolescent education from Canisius College. He has taught middle school biology since 2011. Reid is from Bonita Springs, FL.
Fiona grew up in the small town of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, where she graduated high school and subsequently moved to Winnipeg to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a doctor.
She graduated in May 2014 from The University of Manitoba with a BS in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology and was an Associate Coordinator for Let’s Talk Science, where she passionately ventured to spark kids’ interest in science and medicine, like someone had done for her when she was young. Upon graduation, she worked at a large medical clinic which only further confirmed that medicine was the career for her. She hopes to one day return to rural Manitoba as a family physician and give back to the community that has helped her get to where she is today.
Posted July 31, 2015 10:26 AM