Four Meharry Students Receive Unexpected Academic Scholarships

italoDr. Lima and students


Top left: Italo Brown, fourth-year medical student and scholarship recipient, will have his final year of medical school paid for. 

Top right: Maria F. Lima, Ph.D., dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, stands with Efe Oghoghome (left) and Nchelem Ehule (right), the two MSPH students who were awarded scholarships.

Bottom left: Nchelem Ehule just before she calls her father with the good news!

Bottom right: Naila Ortega, fourth-year student in the School of Dentistry and scholarship winner.

For the first time in its history, Meharry Medical College awarded four students with academic scholarships covering 100 percent of tuition costs for their final year of attendance. All four recipients were completely surprised when their names were called. They were selected based on financial need, merit and academic excellence and aggregate loan indebtedness. 

A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D., senior vice president of student & faculty affairs and executive director of the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy, announced the names of the recipients at Meharry’s 139th Convocation held Monday, October 13, 2014 in the Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education.

The scholarship recipients are:

Italo Brown, School of Medicine; Naila Ortega, School of Dentistry and 
Nchelem Ehule
and Efe Oghoghome, both from the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

The cost of a health professions’ education is astronomical. Students choose to study at Meharry because they believe in, and uphold, the mission of the College: serving the underserved and underrepresented through education, research and patient care. One of the key objectives of President Epps and her administration is to be able to provide financial assistance to students.

Click below to see scholarship coverage on NewChannel 5 Network.