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Emory National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholars

Four members of the Class of 2013 were selected for the prestigious National Health Service Corps Scholarship. This scholarship pays full tuition during PA school for an exchange of service in an underserved area after graduation. Profiles of the 2013 scholarship recipients:

Seeing the need for culturally competent health care providers in his own community, Paul Sharpless made a mid-career change to pursue PA education. While he was living in Fayetteville, NC he gained experience with the uninsured and under-insured at the local CARE clinic. He hopes to use his NHSC scholarship opportunity to impact the people of his local community.

Following graduation from Davidson College, Allie Ivanowicz spent a year doing clinical research at a urology practice in Charlotte, NC. She has always had a passion for working with underserved populations, whether in a rural medical clinic in Malawi, Africa or at Atlanta's HEALing Community Center where she is one of the coordinators. She is excited to be an NHSC Scholar and to be able to work with populations with limited access to health care.

Courtney J. Smith began volunteering in Africa when she was a teenager and knew she wanted a career helping people. At  Grinnell College she majored in both Biology and Global Development Studies, and following graduation she moved to Denver. There she worked as a doula for underinsured women (mostly teenagers and Spanish speaking immigrants).  She sees the NHSC scholarship as a way to give back to communities in need here in the US.

After getting her MPH degree, Omni McCluney moved to Georgia and worked at Grady Hospital prior to PA school. Omni serves as president for the Class of 2013 and is active in local and state PA issues. She hopes to use her time as an NHSC scholar to give back to communities in need like Grady.

Current scholars include: David Gould (2012), Giselle Colon Sawyer (2011), Kristal Anguiano (2010) and Chad McIver (2010). 

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