Meharry's Alexandra Jundt:
Ingram Scholar

Alexandra Jundt, student in the School of Dentistry from Madison, Wisconsin, is one of Meharry's two Ingram Scholars, and one of the College's outstanding scholarship recipients.

A biology graduate from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she performed research for her professors in the area of dentistry while there, and worked as a dental assistant for eight months after college. She decided to attend Meharry after researching historically black colleges and universities. It was Meharry's mission of serving the underserved that persuaded her to attend here.

“The dentists I worked for were some of the few who accepted patients who were uninsured or underinsured,” she says. “Reading and researching the mission of Meharry left an imprint with me. I knew I wanted to be here.”

Jundt's goal is to practice dentistry in the inner city of either Chicago or New York upon graduation.

THE INGRAM SCHOLAR AWARD

E. Bronson Ingram, chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust from 1991 until his death in 1995, conceived of the Ingram Scholars Program in 1993 as a way to encourage Vanderbilt students to combine a professional career with a commitment to community service. Mr. Ingram’s own life exemplified volunteerism and an untiring commitment to mobilizing the resources of the business community to assist nonprofit community groups.

Now, overseen by his widow Martha Rivers Ingram (business and civic leader and philanthropist), The Ingram Scholars Program has grown to encompass other schools, in addition to Meharry  Medical College, including Belmont University, Harpeth Hall School and the University of West Georgia. The Ingram Scholars Program challenges the vision and energy of students to excel both inside and outside the classroom. Ingram Scholars must maintain high academic standards as well as initiate and pursue volunteer projects in the community. The program sponsors students who demonstrate a willingness and ability to combine a successful business or professional career with a lifelong commitment to finding solutions to critical societal problem.