Posts Tagged ‘pre-med’


Thanks to generous sponsors Lockheed Martin, ESA Foundation, and The Jenzabar Foundation, Air Force dependent Ashtin Jeney received $12,000 in ThanksUSA Scholarships to pursue her Biology/Pre-Med studies at Carroll College. Now that she has completed her undergraduate studies, Ashtin is busy applying to medical schools throughout the United States. In a few weeks, Ashtin will travel to Graz, Austria, for a two-month hospital internship. When she returns to the states, she hopes to intern with either the Senate Finance Committee or the Senate Health Committee.


Ashtin may look familiar to regular Scholarship News readers…she has graciously volunteered for several ThanksUSA outreach opportunities over the past four years, meeting and speaking with sponsors, sharing her academic goals with supporters, and even appearing in a ThanksUSA video – thanks Ashtin!!

ThanksUSA is proud to support academic achievers like Ashtin and we are always happy to share their stories with you. Be sure to check back next week for another 2012 graduate feature.

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This week, I’m proud to introduce the 2010 $3000 Mid-Atlantic Tennis Education Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship recipient, Stephanie Dulany. With plans to become a Physician’s Assistant, Stephanie is a Pre-Med Biology major at Drury University. Stephanie became interested in biological studies during her first middle school dissection lesson. Nurturing her scientific interests, Stephanie paid careful attention to her biology, anatomy, and physiology courses in high school. As she developed an understanding of the body, Stephanie realized that she would be happiest studying a major that would allow her to work in the medical field. “I find it fascinating to be able to see what lies beneath the skin and imagine how they function together to keep us alive,” says Stephanie.

Stephanie Dulany



With Physician’s Assistants in almost every specialty, Stephanie has many options to consider. She will complete her undergraduate studies at Drury and then continue on to a two-year Physician’s Assistant school. Though Stephanie is currently interested in physical therapy or surgery, she understands that as her curriculum expands, so to may her specialty interests. Before she entered Drury, she had considered a specialty in pediatrics. Though her heart was certainly in the right place, her emotions were not. Upon realizing that she may be faced with neglected or abused children, Stephanie knew that she was not mentally prepared for pediatrics.



Throughout high school Stephanie was very active with school sports, had a job, and maintained excellent grades. Currently, she is a member of the Drury Panthers Poms Squad and looks forward to expanding her campus activities as her college career progresses. I asked Stephanie about the importance of sports and extra curricular activities when pursuing an education. “I absolutely think that students can develop more discipline when there are more things on their plate because they are forced to become organized with their time. I find that if you are not involved in other activities outside of school, you have a lot of free time that gets wasted.”

Another lesson that Stephanie learned early was patience. Stephanie’s father was a member of the Army National Guard and spent many deployments and training missions away from his children. Though Stephanie had to be patient in accepting the demands of her father’s career, she always knew that he would be there for her – if not in person, in his heart. “When I was born, he was not able to be there because he was flight training. Since he could not be there, he gave me the wings he received from his training. Also on my 16th birthday, he was away again getting his second pair of wings and when he got back he gave those to me as well,” Stephanie recalls.

ThanksUSA appreciates the sacrifices made by military personnel and their families and is proud to support Stephanie in achieving her academic goals. We look forward to hearing of her continued success and wish her all the best at Drury!

“I just want to say thank you and let you know how much I appreciate this scholarship. It has really assisted in my college expenses. With tuition, classes, and dorm stay, college can get pretty expensive and this scholarship helped make it happen for me to able to attend the college of my choice.” Stephanie Dulany

You can support students like Stephanie by making a $10 donation today…simply text THANKSUSA to 85944 to make your $10 donation.


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ThanksUSA allows me to meet some amazing students who have the drive and determination to truly make the world a better place. This week’s featured scholar, Kelly McCorkle, is a prime example. Now in her Junior year at Oklahoma State University, this Physiology major (Pre-Med option), is poised to become a leader among medical professionals.

Kelly McCorkle

Kelly is the daughter of Chief Warrant Officer (R) Earl and Cheryl McCorkle, who say, “We are extremely proud of Kelly and all her accomplishments. We know how hard she works to reach her dreams. A strong education, coupled with her determination, knowledge and focus will carry her to the highest level of success.”

Indeed! Kelly has been a ThanksUSA scholarship recipient throughout her college career. This year, she received a $3000 ESA Foundation/ThanksUSA Scholarship, bringing her total ThanksUSA scholarship awards to $7000! Kelly states, “I really appreciate the opportunities provided by the ThanksUSA scholarship. If it had not been for this generous scholarship, I would not have been able to achieve this level of academic success.”

Though we like to brag about the successes of our scholarship recipients, we can hardly take credit for them. Kelly has strived for, and achieved, academic success for years. She was Valedictorian of her 2007 high school class and has since earned numerous accolades in college. Her most recent honors include the OSU President’s Honor Roll, President of Alpha Epsilon Delta-Premedical Honor Society, Vice-President of the OSU chapter of the American Medical Student Association, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Golden Key International Honour Society.

As a supplement to her academics, Kelly remains very involved with the local medical community. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteers regularly at the Veteran’s Administration. This past summer, Kelly assisted Doctors at the VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City with neurology research and shadowed the Chief of Surgery.

When asked about this amazing opportunity, Kelly says, “The Chief of Surgery is very knowledgeable, personable, and works really well patients. It was an awesome learning experience. Interaction with the Chief of Surgery, residents, nursing and administrative staff was an incredible experience. They are all an important part of total patient care. The most rewarding feeling is the gratitude and appreciation that is shown to these individuals from the veteran or their family members. It is amazing how many lives they touch and improve throughout their careers while truly enjoying their job. Being in the operating room is always exciting. Seeing new surgeries and techniques is very interesting to me. One thing that is great about shadowing at the Oklahoma City VA is that it is a teaching hospital, so I am able to learn more about the surgery while I am in the operating room.”

Knowing that she will attend medical school, Kelly is still deciding on a specialty. “I am exploring numerous fields in medicine and there are many of interest. During my rotation at the Veteran Administration Medical Center this past summer, I spent time in the operating room, in the surgery clinic and also toured radiology, anesthesiology, and pathology. I had previously observed primary care and neurology at the Veteran Administration Medical Center as well as surgeries at other local surgery and medical centers. I like the surgery environment. At this time, I am leaning towards becoming an anesthesiologist. I am attracted to this field due to their exposure to a wide variety of operations, patients and surgical teams. I would like to gain their knowledge, as well as technical skill.”

You may think that Kelly’s ambitions leave little time for anything else. In fact, Kelly is very well-rounded and active in individual sports and volunteerism. She is a member of the Guthrie Women’s Golf Association, enjoys swimming and bike riding, and always finds the time to volunteer within the local community. “The benefit I receive from volunteerism is the opportunity to make a difference. I get great pleasure in knowing that it can make a difference by raking leaves for the elderly, assisting with neurology research, visiting hospice patients, teaching children at golf camps, or helping with blood drives. The look of joy and gratitude on the individual’s face after volunteering is priceless.”

Kelly’s advice for fellow students? “Set high expectations and go for your dreams. Don’t give up, have confidence that working hard and staying focused will make a difference to your future success.” Well said Kelly! Knowing that such a sincere, competent, and dedicated young woman is a doctor of tomorrow certainly comforts me. Kelly, thank you for the inspiration and keep up the great work!

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