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Two accepted into college-to-med-school program

Seniors Elyse Kristiansen and Logan Applewhite have been admitted into the prestigious Indiana University Southeast Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Degree Scholarship Program, which covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for eight semesters and provides a provisional acceptance to Indiana University Medical School.

Elyse plans to double major in chemistry and biology with a minor in Spanish for her bachelor’s degree before applying to the Indiana University School of Medicine her senior year. The B/MD Scholarship Program pays for tuition for eight semesters at IU Southeast as well as on-campus living expenses and is intended to encourage more college students to pursue a medical degree with the goal of practicing medicine in Southern Indiana. 

Elyse said she chose to apply to this program because of her interest in the medical field. Receiving this scholarship expanded her career goals.

“I thought about being a nurse, but because of this program, I realized that I could be a doctor,” she said, adding that she particularly likes being able to “focus on my studies instead of worrying about how to pay for college.”

Her interest in medicine came from our experience as a patient throughout her childhood as she received therapy for autism and partial deafness. 

 “I would not be where I am today without the work of these doctors,” Elyse said. “They changed my life. I want to help people like they did, to make someone’s life better.”

She said she is particularly interested in obstetrics and gynecology and has also considered pediatrics because she would like to work with children.

In addition to the financial benefit of the scholarship, Elyse said she also is grateful for the affirmation of her abilities. 

“Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me,” she said. “Being awarded this scholarship showed that there were other people who believed in me and thought that I could do this.” 

Logan plans to major in biology and business management at IU Southeast and is looking forward to taking part in the program. He said he first learned about the Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Degree Scholarship Program when he was a sophomore looking into college classes at IU Southeast. The program fit his desire to attend a smaller university followed by medical school at IU.

“Already having a provisional seat in IU medical school is reassuring.” Logan said. “According to the IU Medical School website, they received 7206 applications and only admitted 363. I also look forward to going through the program with the other B/MD scholarship recipients.”

Logan said he developed an interest in a medical career after watching his father perform surgeries on animals in his veterinary practice and volunteering over summer breaks at the Louisville VA Medical Center, which gave him valuable firsthand experience in the healthcare field.

“It was really rewarding to help our veterans, and I enjoyed interacting with the doctors and nurses in the surgery department,” Logan said. “Plus, the science classes at Providence have been my favorite classes.”

His volunteer work at the VA center also gave him the opportunity to shadow several ophthalmologists, which sparked his interest in following that career path.

“I really enjoyed (seeing) what they do,” Logan said. “It would be rewarding to help improve people’s vision and quality of life.”

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