SOURCE: American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation

American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation

August 07, 2012 14:05 ET

AMA Foundation Presents $10,000 Scholarships to Outstanding Medical Students

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 7, 2012) - The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation granted Physicians of Tomorrow Awards to eighteen rising fourth-year medical students across the nation. Recipients were nominated by their medical schools and chosen based upon academics, financial need and community involvement. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship to defray medical school expenses. The AMA Foundation has awarded over $61 million in scholarships to deserving medical students since 1950. The recipients are:

AMA Foundation Scholarships
Thomas Churilla, The Commonwealth Medical College
Sicily Garvin, Morehouse School of Medicine
Nicholas Giacalone, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
George Hanna, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Daniel Hashimoto, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Kenneth Ike, Yale School of Medicine
Kabir Matharu, University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Colleen McCormick, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Laura Ostapenko, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Sean Paschall, University of Texas Medical Branch
Natasha Pyfrom, Creighton University School of Medicine
Sarah Wittry, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Matthew Ziegelmann, University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities

Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Scholarship
Supporting an Oklahoma medical school
Kaitlin Isley, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Johnson F. Hammond, MD Scholarships
Supporting medical journalism
Alexandra Coria, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Abigail Cutler, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Jason Reminick, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rena Xu, Harvard Medical School

"We are recognizing the exceptional qualities of these students at this stage in their careers," stated AMA Foundation President Clarence Chou, MD. "We want to acknowledge their significant accomplishments in academics and community service and hope to follow them as they progress in serving their patients and their communities."

The AMA Foundation aims to ensure the best and brightest students can access medical education by providing high-impact tuition assistance scholarships. Medical students in the U.S. graduate with an average debt load of $162,000. A large debt burden may deter many from practicing in underserved areas or primary care medicine.

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, is dedicated to improving public health by providing philanthropic support to high-impact health and medical scholarship programs. Visit, follow us on Facebook (, or call (312) 464-4200 for more information. 

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