Sophie Davis School Of Biomedical Education Awards $20,000 Scholarships To 10 Fourth-Year Students

December 12, 2005 | City College

NEW YORK, December 12, 2005 – Ten fourth-year students in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York (CCNY) have won $20,000 Sophie and Leonard Davis Scholarships. The awards will be applied toward their last two years at Sophie Davis and their two clinical years at medical school.

The students, Rachel Bond, Michael Chuang, Fahmida Keya, Jenny Lee, James Lukose, Akeem Marsh, Jacinth Ruddock, Raminder Parihar, Richard Ro and Jing Wang, were recognized at the School’s annual General Assembly, Tuesday, December 6. They were selected based on academic excellence, financial need and demonstration of the qualities of compassion, empathy and professionalism requisite in a “good physician” who is committed to making a meaningful contribution to medicine.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis, whose original gift of $1.2 million was instrumental in establishing the School of Biomedical Education, bequeathed an additional gift of $6 million to endow the “The Sophie and Leonard Davis Scholarships” to defray the costs of four years of medical school education.

Now in its 32nd year, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education offers a unique seven-year BS/MD program that integrates an undergraduate education with the first two years of medical school. After five years at Sophie Davis, students transfer seamlessly to one of six medical schools: Albany Medical College, Dartmouth Medical School, New York Medical College, New York University, SUNY Downstate Medical Center or Stony Brook University for the final two years of medical education and their MD degree. The Sophie Davis School currently has 360 students.

The Sophie Davis School’s mission is to increase the accessibility to careers in medicine for inner-city youths of New York City, especially minorities under-represented in medicine, and to train primary care physicians to serve in medically under-served communities. Approximately 40 percent of Sophie Davis students are African-American or Hispanic, a level unequalled at other medical schools in New York State or nationally.

Summaries of the 2005 Sophie and Leonard Davis Scholarship recipients’ honors and affiliations follow:

Rachel Bond (Bronx): Dean’s List; Golden Key International Honor Society; volunteer, Westchester Square Hospital; volunteer, summer camp; AMISTAD member; Students Helping Out; American Medical Women’s Association; American Medical Student Association; Biograph, student newspaper writer; CCNY Varsity Tennis Team, 1 year.

Michael Chuang (Flushing, Queens): Dean’s List; research with Dr. Edward Gresik; peer tutor; Leonard Davis Fellow, volunteer at Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center; class representative, 2 years; Biograph, student newspaper writer; CCNY Lacrosse Team, 1 year; Student-Athlete recognition; volunteer with neighborhood ambulance corps.

Fahmida Keya (East Harlem, Manhattan): Dean’s List; Golden Key International Honor Society; Leonard Davis Fellow, volunteer at Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center; Lighthouse International volunteer for several years; American Medical Student Association; Women in Islam, vice president.

Jenny Lee (Upper West Side, Manhattan): Dean’s List; Golden Key International Honor Society; Zemansky Prize in Introductory Physics; peer tutor; Leonard Davis Fellow, volunteer at Harlem Hospital; American Medical Student Association; Students Helping Out, secretary; God’s Love We Deliver volunteer for several years.

James Lukose (Bronx): Rudin Research Fellow, work in Dr. Carol Moore’s Laboratory; City College Research Scholar; study abroad in Florence, Italy; American Medical Student Association; Physicians for a National Health Program, treasurer; CCNY Lacrosse Team, 1 year; youth mentor in his church.

Akeem Marsh (Bronx): Golden Key International Honor Society; peer tutor; Leonard Davis Fellow, volunteer at Schiff House, the campus daycare center; peer mentor; admissions interviewer; Student National Medical Association; American Medical Student Association; American Medical Women’s Association; Salsa Mambo Club; CCNY Dance Team; campus radio broadcaster, 1 semester.

Jacinth Ruddock (Brooklyn): Hearst Scholarship recipient; Leonard Davis Fellow, volunteer at Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center; peer tutor; American Medical Student Association; AMISTAD member; Physicians for a National Health Program; Student National Medical Association, treasurer, events coordinator; HIPs Corps, group that teaches adolescents about HIV/AIDS; dancer-choreographer in student productions; CCNY Track & Field Team, 1 year.

Raminder Parihar (Floral Park, Queens): Dean’s List; research at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; Rudin Research Fellow, laboratory of Dr. Houa Wang; Leonard Davis Fellow, volunteer at In Arms Reach; AMISTAD member; Biomed Asian Health Coalition; Student National Medical Association, president; dancer-choreographer in student productions.

Richard Ro (Flushing, Queens): Kenneth Levy Scholarship recipient; Dean’s List; Golden Key International Honor Society; peer tutor; volunteer admissions interviewer; American Medical Student Association, vice president; Asian Cultural Union, vice president; Biograph, student newspaper, writer/co-editor; Lector at his church.

Jing Wang (East Village, Manhattan): Kenneth Levy Scholarship recipient; Outstanding Chemistry Student Award; Dean’s List; Golden Key International Honor Society; Leonard Davis Fellow, volunteer at Joseph P. Kennedy Community Center; volunteer at Center for the Independence of the Disabled for several years; American Medical Student Association; Students Helping Out, secretary, vice-president.

For more information, please contact Molly Hazen, Director of Development, Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College, (212) 650-5282.

Jay Mwamba, 212/650-7580, jmwamba@ccny.cuny.edu