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Student Receives Scholarship From American Association Of Colleges Of Osteopathic Medicine

Jan. 10, 2024
SHSU Media Contact: Mikah Boyd

Carley-Andrew-3.jpgStudent doctor Carley Andrew is a first generation American with parents who hail from the Caribbean. She is the first grandchild from her maternal family to graduate from an American high school as well as the family’s first medical student. While Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) emerged during 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it was Andrew's own bout with COVID in early 2022 and recurring respiratory problems that piqued her interest in a medical career. 

"I was a genuinely scared patient and seeing Dr. Anthony Fauci on television for those couple of years solidified my choice to apply to medical school because I saw that doctors can help in nearly every facet of society from medical offices and hospitals to Congress, and as presidential advisors," Andrew said.

Andrew attended Mansfield Summit High School, where she excelled on challenging curriculum while being dually enrolled at Tarrant County College. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she completed the final two years remotely during COVID-19. Andrew credits her undergraduate advisor, Logan Watts, with mentoring her research thesis and poster presentation, which helped in her acceptance to SHSU-COM.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) recently selected Andrew as one of six recipients nationwide for the Sherry R. Arnstein Underrepresented Minority Scholarship.

“I am incredibly honored to have been chosen for this AACOM honor,” Andrew said. “I want to thank the Arnstein Scholarship Committee for taking the time to read my story. As a first-generation American and first-generation medical student, my journey to medical school has not always been an easy one. I hope to someday continue Ms. Arnstein’s legacy of dedication to public service, social equity and justice.”

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