Ten Leonard and Sophie Davis Scholarships, With $20,000 Stipends, Awarded To Students In CCNY’s Sophie Davis School

NEW YORK, December 18, 2008 – 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: Kamara Aseme, Vladimir Barayev, Giuseppe Cruciata, Angie Hernandez, Helen Huang, Martha Ksepka, Jeny Ng, Fayola Peters, Stanton Shek and Howa Yeung.

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 35th 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 368 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 2010 follows. Individual profiles can be obtained on request.

Kamara Aseme, Manhattan, SUNY Downstate

Vladimir Barayev, Queens, New York Medical College

Giuseppe Cruciata, Brooklyn, New York University School of Medicine

Angie Hernandez, Staten Island, New York University School of Medicine

Helen Huang, Manhattan, Albany Medical College

Martha Ksepka, Queens, SUNY Downstate

Jeny Ng, Brooklyn, Dartmouth Medical School

Fayola Peters, Brooklyn, New York Medical College

Stanton Shek, Staten Island, Dartmouth Medical School

Howa Yeung, Brooklyn, New York University School of Medicine

Sophie Davis School contact: Dr. Dani McBeth, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, (212) 650-7727.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.

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