Four students named Rural Health Scholars

July 14 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Four Indiana students will receive full-tuition waivers from Indiana State University as part of their acceptance into the Rural Health Program, a collaborative effort between Indiana State and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The Rural Health Program is designed specifically to prepare students from rural Indiana to return to their hometowns, or a similar town, as a primary care physician. Indiana State and the IU School of Medicine developed this unique program to assist rural communities gain better access to healthcare. The program allows students to work alongside rural physicians, participate in summer internships at rural clinics, take part in a health seminar series, conduct research as an undergraduate and gain patient experience during third-and fourth-year internships with rural hospitals or clinic. Rural health scholars are also enrolled in the University Honors Program.

Admission into the program is limited to 10 Indiana residents from rural communities per year. Students must achieve a high school cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, have a minimum combined score of 1200 on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections of the SAT or 27 on the ACT, and reside in rural Indiana. Candidates considered for the program will complete a required interview. Matriculation to Indiana University School of Medicine requires students to successfully complete the undergraduate program at Indiana State with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.5 and achieve a score on the MCAT equal to the mean score of the previous year's entering class.

This year's Rural Health scholars include (see background on each recipient below): George Fritch IV, Linton; Kelly Loman, Edinburgh: Hannah Smith, Trafalgar; and Tory Torma, North Liberty.

Since the program's inception in 1997, those students who have been named Rural Health Scholars have distinguished themselves in unique and successful ways at Indiana State, at medical schools across the country, and in their subsequent careers.

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George Fritch IV, son of George and Billie Jo Fritch of Linton, is a graduate of Linton-Stockton High School. He plans on majoring in biology and chemistry while at Indiana State in hopes of becoming a physician. During high school he participated in National Honor Society, Spanish Club, History Club, band, Academic Team, Academic Honors Club, Student Council, Letterman Club and played varsity tennis and golf. Fritch also volunteered in the cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation department of Sullivan County Community Hospital. He was named to the Academic All-State in tennis in 2007, a 2007 Hoosier Boys State delegate and was the Crane Naval Warfare Science Fair Champion in 2007.

Kelly Loman, daughter of Chris and Rhoda Loman of Edinburgh, is a graduate of Roncalli High School. She plans on majoring in chemistry while at Indiana State, in hopes of becoming a physician. During high school, she participated in show choir, played piano, participated in dance and took part in numerous community service projects including Lungs for Life, Prostate Cancer Run, volunteering at the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry and traveling to Appalachia to help residents build or repair their homes. She is a recipient of the Indiana State Sycamore Community Service Scholar Award.

Hannah Smith, daughter of Constance Anderson and Terrance Smith of Trafalgar, is a graduate of Indian Creek High School. She plans to major in pre-medicine, in hopes of becoming a physician caring for low-income families. During high school, she played junior varsity and varsity softball, was a member of the Science academic team, participated in service learning activities and volunteered at Johnson County Memorial Hospital. She was the recipient of the Spanish excellence award and attended the 2006 Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow's Leaders.

Tory Torma, son of Todd and Penny Torma of North Liberty, is a graduate of Mishawaka Marian High School. He plans to major in pre-medicine, in hopes of becoming a physician practicing in a small community. While in high school Torma played varsity football and competed on the varsity track team in addition to writing for the school newspaper. He also participated in the National Honor Society, German Club, ROTC and was a member of the AV Technology Crew. Torma was named an All-State Academic Team in football and was a Marian Medalist in Math and German.

Deadline for admission for the next class of Rural Health Scholars is Feb. 1, 2009. For an application or more information, contact Holly Hobaugh, pre-professional advisor, at (812) 237-8633.

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CONTACT: Holly Hobaugh, pre-professional advisor, (812) 237-8633

WRITER: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu

 

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Four Indiana students will receive full-tuition waivers from Indiana State University as part of their acceptance into the Rural Health Program, a collaborative effort between Indiana State and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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