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Nickita James, a diagnostic medical sonography student, was recognized at the College of Health Professions Scholarship Reception for receiving the Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association Scholarship and Herbert B. Wren, M.D. Scholarship this year.

Nov. 20, 2013 | The College of Health Professions (CHP) honored 30 students who received scholarships this year and the donors whose gifts established those scholarships.

Jason Johnson (right), an audiology student, recipient of the Ronald H. Winters, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship poses for a photo with College of Health Professions Dean Emeritus Ronald Winters, Ph.D.

Jason Johnson (right), an audiology student, recipient of the Ronald H. Winters, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship poses for a photo with College of Health Professions Dean Emeritus Ronald Winters, Ph.D.

The college’s annual scholarship reception November 7th featured two scholarships given out for the first time with the first-year Physician Assistant program. The first Ruth M. Allen, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship went to Latifeh Shafii while Antonia Hudson received the first Arkansas Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship.

CHP Dean Douglas Murphy, Ph.D., called the growing number of scholarships in the college an endorsement that the college has quality education programs that are producing quality graduates.

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Dental hygiene student Gina Mayfield was recipient of the college’s Neal and Clara Spain Endowed Scholarship.

“The College of Health Professions is proud of students getting a boost toward rewarding careers through scholarships,” Murphy said. “We also appreciate the donors, who see our college as a worthwhile investment in the future of health care.”

Jeanne Heard, M.D., Ph.D., UAMS provost, praised scholarships as a recruitment tool for the college and UAMS. Scholarships also promote diversity in the student body, often offering access to higher education for students who may not have otherwise been able to afford it.

Latifeh Shafii (right), a physician assistant student, recipient of the first Ruth Allen Endowed Scholarship in Physician Assistant Studies, poses with Allen, Ph.D., a former associate dean for academic affairs in the college and longtime UAMS supporter.

Latifeh Shafii (right), a physician assistant student, recipient of the first Ruth Allen Endowed Scholarship in Physician Assistant Studies, poses with Allen, Ph.D., a former associate dean for academic affairs in the college and longtime UAMS supporter.

“For the College of Health Professions and UAMS, a thriving scholarship program attracts the best and brightest students. A strong scholarship program can be a recruitment advantage for students, for new faculty and for the community,” Heard said. “For those whose gifts make these scholarships possible — like those responsible for endowing the scholarships — they create an enduring legacy of support for this college, for higher education and for health care. Their support will produce generations of health care professionals.”

Antonia Hudson, a physician assistant student, was the recipient of the first Arkansas Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship.

Antonia Hudson, a physician assistant student, was the recipient of the first Arkansas Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship.

Murphy announced a new scholarship in cytotechnology, endowed by Carlos Araoz, M.D., in memory of his wife, who in 1970 was in the second graduating class of the UAMS cytotechnology program. The first Eulalia S. Araoz Cytotechnology Student Scholarship will be awarded in 2014.

CHP scholarships and recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year include:

College-Wide Scholarships

  • Arkansas Hospital Auxiliary Association Scholarship — Nickita James
  • Neal and Clara Spain Endowed Scholarship — Gina Mayfield
  • James O. Wear, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship — Sarah Kennett
  • Ronald H. Winters, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship — Jason Johnson

UAMS Southwest Regional Center

  • Herbert B. Wren, M.D. Scholarship — Nickita James, Susan Haynes

Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology

  • Leah Katayama Wilkins Scholarship — Lacy Lewis

Department of Dental Hygiene

  • Arkansas State Dental Hygienists Association Endowed Scholarship — Caron Taylor
  • Delta Dental Plan of Arkansas Endowed Scholarship — Shayla Sisco
  • Ann Bowers Hurst Endowed Scholarship — Whitney Winters
  • Alice Marie Kelly Kuntz Endowed Scholarship — Korry Patterson

Department of Emergency Medical Sciences

  • West Little Rock Rotary Scholarship — Michael Lytle, Jr., Sean McCormick, Debra Moore, Joshua Rittman

Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences

  • Division of Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Terry J. DuBose Endowed Scholarship — Anna Lynne Cash, Katelynn Loftis

Department of Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Division of Radiologic Imaging Sciences

  • Joseph R. Bittengle Memorial Endowed Scholarship — Joshua Hunter
  • Dr. and Mrs. W.R. Brooksher, Jr. Endowed Scholarship — Mirinda Massengale
  • Jeremy L. Overstreet Memorial Scholarship — Eun Kim
  • Kenneth C. Pederson Memorial Scholarship — Summer Bird
  • Klein Memorial Scholarship — Brianna Allen

Department of Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences

  • Jerry Brummett Endowed Scholarship — Kara Brick
  • Sharon Edwards Gibbert Memorial Scholarship — Baillie Valier
  • M. Gene Hall Memorial Endowed Scholarship — Angela Comet, Yingxue Xie
  • Bobby Morgan Endowed Scholarship — Chen Chen
  • Paula Peacock Memorial Endowed Scholarship — Courtney Hayden

Department of Ophthalmic Medical Technology

  • John Shock, M.D. Endowed Scholarship — Courtney Coulter

Department of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Ruth M. Allen, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship — Latifeh Shafii
  • Arkansas Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association Scholarship — Antonia Hudson