Medical Society Foundation Scholarship Winners Announced
The Lancaster Medical Society Foundation, a foundation of Lancaster City & County Medical Society, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Foundation Scholarships. These students have earned numerous academic and leadership awards, and they have been involved in research and clinical experiences.
Hafiz of Lancaster, is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and a first-year medical student at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. She was awarded $4,500.
"My experiences has taught me that a future in medicine is more than saving lives - it is a responsibility to fulfill the trust people place in me during their most vulnerable moments. This trust has fueled my drive to provide care, foster intimate connections and create a lasting impact as a physician. I am determined to not only treat but also help my patients heal.”
Sarah Hafiz, also of Lancaster, is an ophthalmic technician and Franklin & Marshall College graduate, currently in her first year at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Sarah received a $3,500 award.
"My experiences have motivated me to find ways to synthesize medical care with championing causes, communities and individuals - to empower patients with tools to take charge of their health. I aim to use my medical expertise to guide policy toward preventive and integrative health. My longing to help vulnerable families and communities affected by medical conditions is at the forefront of my pursuit of becoming a physician."
McNelis, a clinical research coordinator and graduate of Villanova, is a first-year student at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson. This Lititz resident was presented with a $2,000 scholarship.
"I learned what it means to actively stand with others in their moments of need, just as I will strive to do for each patient I encounter as a future physician. The mission of medicine can be challenging, but nothing excites me more than the potential to support others and create positive change in the powerful interpersonal moments of medicine."
Morgan of Lancaster, is a former trauma research coordinator, graduate of the University of Tampa and first-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She was awarded $2,000.
"I spent my high school and college years shadowing doctors of various specialties, volunteering countless hours and working in a fast-paced hospital environment. It was through these experiences that I realized that am at my best solving complex problems in high-stakes scenarios. Walking through the hospital doors every day truly gets me fired up. My vision is to serve in a diverse environment, providing care to underserved populations, to achieve true health equity.”
Lancaster Medical Society Foundation scholarships are given to residents of Lancaster County who are attending allopathic or osteopathic medical schools. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit good character and motivation, and show financial need.
The Scholarship Foundation is generously supported by the Lancaster County medical community, through hospitals and health systems, group practices, individual medical society members, and local businesses support the fund.