TEN LEONARD AND SOPHIE DAVIS SCHOLARSHIPS, WITH $20,000 STIPENDS, AWARDED TO STUDENTS IN CCNY’S SOPHIE DAVIS SCHOOL

December 19, 2006 | City College

NEW YORK, December 19, 2006 — Ten fourth-year students in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York have won $20,000 Sophie and Leonard Davis Scholarships for their last two years at Sophie Davis and their two clinical years at cooperating medical schools.

The recipients, announced by Dr. Stanford A. Roman, Jr., Dean of the Sophie Davis School, are: Samuel Anandan, Nubaha Chowdhury, Steven Kheyfets, Shin-Hua Liu, Arousiag Markarian, Ha Nguyen, Merajur Rahman, Shanekqua Richardson, Yi Cai Isaac Tong and Fang Zhou.

The Sophie and Leonard Davis Scholarship selections are based on academic excellence, financial need and for demonstrating those qualities of compassion, empathy and professionalism requisite for the “good physician,” who is committed to making a meaningful contribution to the field of medicine.

“Through the generosity of Sophie and Leonard Davis, we are honoring their spirit and commitment to education by recognizing ten outstanding young men and women,” Dr. Roman said.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis, whose original gift of $1.2 million was instrumental in establishing the School, also bequeathed a 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 33rd year, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education offers a unique seven-year B.S./M.D. 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 School of Medicine or SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine — for the final two years of medical education and their M.D. degree. The Sophie Davis School currently has 360 students.

The School’s mission is to increase accessibility to careers in medicine for inner-city New York City youth, especially minorities underrepresented in medicine, and to train primary care physicians to serve in medically underserved communities. At a time of declining enrollment of underrepresented minorities in medical schools across the country, approximately 40 percent of Sophie Davis students are African-American or Hispanic, representing diversity unparalleled at other U.S. medical schools.

A list of the honorees’ hometowns and the medical schools to which they will transfer in 2008 follows. Individual profiles can be obtained on request.

Samuel Anandan, Staten Island, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine

Nubaha Chowdhury, New Hyde Park, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine

Steven Kheyfets, Bayside, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine

Shin-Hua Liu, Brooklyn, SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine

Arousiag Markarian, Forest Hills, New York Medical College.

Ha Nguyen, Bronx, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine.

Merajur Rahman, Jamaica, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine.

Shanekqua Richardson, Jamaica, SUNY Downstate School of Medicine.

Yi Cai Isaac Tong, Rego Park, Dartmouth Medical School.

Fang Zhou, Brooklyn, New York University School of Medicine.

Sophie Davis School contact: Molly Hazen, Director of Development, (212) 650-5282.

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