January 27, 2014
The American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) has awarded scholarships to two of the top incoming students in the January 2014 class. The scholarships recognize students who come to AUC with exceptional academic achievements and a demonstrated commitment to service.
Mr. Amrit Singh, of South Riding, Virginia, received the Dean’s Award of Excellence Scholarship, an award in the amount of $25,000. Mr. Alexander Kiser, of Calgary, Alberta, received the Dean’s Award of Merit Scholarship, in the amount of $10,000. Both are first-semester physicians-in-training at AUC.
“Applicants to AUC are bright and ambitious, and attuned to the impact they can make by becoming physicians who are engaged with their community through service,” said Heidi Chumley, MD, executive dean and chief academic officer of AUC. “These scholarships are designed to recognize and support future physician leaders, and Amrit and Alexander are deserving recipients.”
Mr. Singh earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Virginia. As a child he observed his grandfather, an herbalist in India, provide relief from pain and illness to those in their rural community. “It was then that the seed for community service was planted in my heart,” he said. “My commitment to the field of medicine continued as I pursued medical research at the National Institutes of Health and volunteered at the Inova Hospital in Virginia.”
Mr. Kiser’s interest in the medical field grew with his exposure to health care through volunteer opportunities in his native Canada and Ghana. While pursuing a degree in medical sciences at the University of Western Ontario, he volunteered at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary, Canada. He also travelled to Ghana as part of a medical mission trip. “Attending AUC allows me to learn in a supportive environment with students from around the world and gives me a global perspective,” he said.
Both AUC scholarship awardees are focused on becoming physicians with a lifelong commitment to public health and community service. Said Mr. Singh, “I feel strongly that with my education from AUC, and training as a physician, I can be a valuable tool in providing the health care that people need.”
AUC’s Scholarships Committee is currently accepting applications for both the Dean’s Award of Excellence Scholarship and the Dean’s Award of Merit Scholarship. For more information, please visit our scholarship page.