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Women’s Club awards 10 scholarships
by Mary Helen
Ten students representing each of MUSC’s six colleges received
scholarships from the Medical University Women’s Club (MUWC) during an
annual event held Sept. 17 at the Sullivan’s Island home of MUSC
President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., and wife, Leah.
Chair of the
scholarship committee and former MUWC president Laura Patrick, center
seated, presented more than $11,000 in scholarships to this year's 10
The scholars were selected from 56 applications and were awarded based
on need and individual merits.
“Many of these students all have incredible GPA’s, many of which are
3.9 or a 4.0,” said Laura Patrick, former MUWC president and chair of
the scholarship committee. “And a number of them are presidential
The committee this year comprised MUWC president Katy Kuder,
Volunteer and Guest Services manager; Lynda Selby, Jane Locke, Sarah
Nguyen, M.D., and Patrick.
“The committee spent six hours reviewing the applications and all were
very deserving,” Patrick said. “We have all MUSC’s colleges represented
and our decisions were focused foremost on need of the applicant, then
on scholarship, service and letters of recommendation.”
In announcing the scholarship recipients, Patrick provided background
on each. They are:
- Lauren Brown, College of Health Professions (CHP). Brown is
a second-year physical therapy student who also works as a tennis
instructor; works four hours per week with the MUSC Heart Health
Program, MDA’s Stride to Ride, Special Olympics, and Relay for Life.
- Ashley Watamura, a third-year CHP physical therapy student.
After having worked closely with children, Watamura would like to open
an outpatient pediatric office which will include speech, as well as
occupational and physical therapy. She has volunteered for many
organizations and been the director of the 8th annual ALS Hope Walk/Run.
- Monica Barden, South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP)
third-year pharmacy student. Barden is one of the 4.0 GPA students who
also is the current class president and SGA treasurer. She volunteers
at the Harvest Free Medical Clinic and CARES clinic.
- Elizabeth Weed, third-year SCCP student pursuing a dual
Pharm. D/MBA degree. She volunteers as the director of pharmacy for the
student-run CARES Clinic in Mount Pleasant. Weed is a presidential
- Hannah Lane, a second-year doctoral student from the
College of Graduate Studies, Department of Pharmacology. Her main focus
of study is on preventive or chemoprevention of colon cancer and is
researching extracts from locally-grown muscadine grapes and green tea.
She volunteers with the Charleston Miracle League and the Hope Lodge.
- Anna Louise Sanford, a third-year College of Dental
Medicine (CDM) student, also volunteers at the free dental clinic at
Our Lady of Mercy Wellness House. She has traveled to Ecuador to assist
dentists and help translate. “She says she understands that she cannot
help all the aching teeth in the world but will give it her best and
plans to incorporate service for those in need throughout her career,”
- Kate Lyttle, a fourth-year CDM student, has earned many
awards and given of her time to help others. Notably, she has spent
every Thursday night for the past two years providing service at the
free dental clinic in Mount Pleasant. She also plays the viola in the
Southcoast Community Orchestra.
- Ritter Sansoni, a second-year College of Medicine (COM)
student with a 4.0 GPA, is also is the top of his class. Sansoni has
volunteered at Winwood Boys Home, CARES clinic, Habitat for Humanity,
and Special Olympics soccer.
- Ashleigh Owen, a fourth-year COM student who volunteers at
the CARES clinic and with many community fundraising organizations. She
plans to pursue a residency in internal medicine, and a fellowship in
cardiovascular medicine; then practice at the Ralph H. Johnson VA
Mulloy also is the Trude Spicer Memorial Scholarship winner. Trude was
a founding member of the MUWC and president of the organization from
1970-1971. This award has been given in her memory each year since
- Cathy Mulloy, who graduated in May with a Bachelor of
Science in Nursing, is currently working on her master's degree in the
College of Nursing to become an adult nurse practitioner and nursing
“Though my career began later in life, I believe that I am a better
nurse now than I would have been if I began nursing 30 years ago,”
Mulloy said. “...The nursing shortage now will increase in the coming
years as current nurses retire and as baby boomers age. I intend to be
part of the solution, both by my practice as a nurse and as an
Friday, Oct. 3, 2008
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