Meharry's Andrew Marshall:
Ingram Scholar

Andrew Marshall, student in the School of Medicine and native of Barbados, is one of Meharry's two Ingram Scholars and one of the College's outstanding scholarship recipients.

Marshall's interest in medicine and belief in Meharry's mission are both very personal. His drive to pursue a career in Internal Medicine or research comes from a 2009 medical incident regarding his father and complications from the treatment of a blood clot (his father fully recovered). But afterward, Marshall's course was set. While pursuing a computer science degree from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, he spent summers studying research and science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His interest in Meharry's mission to the underserved, however, comes from his experiences in Barbados. "The health care in Barbados and Granada (his mother's home) is not good. Some of my family members from the islands have come to America to receive good health care." Although Nashville, Tennessee has been home for Marshall for 16 years, and he plans to practice in the U.S. after his residency, he would still like to keep a satellite practice in Barbados and Granada to alleviate health disparities there.

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 problems.