April 29, 2014
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has named MaKenzie Tremp the inaugural recipient of the university’s Alumni Heritage Scholarship. Ms. Tremp, a native of Traverse City, Michigan, is a member of AUC’s incoming class in May.
The new scholarship program, which covers tuition for the first semester, engages AUC alumni in the process of identifying aspiring physicians who are currently living AUC’s core values. “AUC students demonstrate social accountability, embrace diverse life experiences and are engaged students and citizens,” said Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean and chief academic officer. “The Alumni Heritage Scholarship recognizes and rewards incoming students who exemplify the breadth and depth of AUC’s culture beyond academics.”
Ms. Tremp, a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences, gained recognition for her mission trip in China and clinical work as a certified nurse’s assistant. “If you would have asked me at age three what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you ‘a baby doctor,’” she said. “In May, I will officially be on my way.”
She was nominated by Thomas Lammy, MD, a 1981 AUC graduate who is an internist at the Suttons Bay Medical Clinic in Suttons Bay, Michigan, which is affiliated with Munson Medical Center. With a medical career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Lammy is familiar with the challenges of pursuing a medical education.
“Although I graduated from AUC many years ago, the strong relationships I built there and the sense of community I enjoyed left a lasting impact,” said Lammy. “I know MaKenzie will be a leader in her class and I would be proud to one day have her as a colleague.”
Upon receiving the news of the award, Ms. Tremp said, “I was already incredibly prepared to dig in my heels and find success at AUC. Now I feel a sense of pride in having received this scholarship and the ability to be part of the incredible community of which Dr. Lammy speaks highly.”