SOURCE: American Medical Association Foundation

American Medical Association Foundation

August 10, 2011 09:15 ET

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

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2011) - The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation awarded Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarships to eighteen rising fourth-year medical students. Recipients were nominated by their medical schools and chosen based upon their academics, financial status and community involvement. Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship to defray medical school expenses. The recipients are:

AMA Foundation Scholarships
Laura Blinkhorn, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Manuel Campa, Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program
Preethika Ekanayake, University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Sean Figy, University of Toledo College of Medicine
Minjoung Go, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
Joshua Goldman, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Kymberly Gonzalez, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Michelle Jung, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Jenna Klotz, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Lia Losonczy, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Shaw Natsui, University of Michigan Medical School
Alana Otto, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Maria Rivera, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Jared Thomas, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dr. Lin and Minta Hill Alexander Scholarship
Supporting an individual attending an Oklahoma medical school
Jonathan Seavey, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Johnson F. Hammond, MD Scholarships
Supporting medical journalism
Margaret Moore, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Matthew Morrison, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Chrystal Obi, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

"These medical students represent the very best of the next generation of physicians," said AMA Foundation President Owen Garrick, MD, MBA. "Their academic achievements, public health initiatives and volunteer activities illustrate their commitment to assume leadership roles in the medical community and improve healthcare in the United States."

The AMA Foundation has made it a priority to assist medical students in handling the rising cost of medical education by providing high-impact tuition assistance scholarships. On average, medical students in the U.S. graduate with a debt load of nearly $158,000. A large debt burden may deter many from practicing in underserved areas of the country or practicing primary care medicine.

The AMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation, improves the health of Americans through philanthropic support of quality programs in public health and medical education. Visit to learn more.

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