Senior Rural Health scholar honored for achievement

October 22 2008

Charlie Cochran, a senior biochemistry major at Indiana State University, is the 2008 recipient of the Rural Health Initiative Scholarship.

The annual scholarship is presented to a student from the Rural Health Program, offered jointly by Indiana State and the Indiana University School of Medicine. The program is designed to address the rural health needs of the state of Indiana by providing increased opportunities for residents from rural communities to receive education and training in medicine.

For Cochran, a native of Spencer and graduate of Owen Valley High School, the Rural Health Program offered an opportunity to train for a career in a field that has always interested him.

"I really enjoy working with people, so this just seemed like a great profession," he said. Cochran, whose father is a chiropractor, grew up around rural medicine and hopes to continue that tradition in his own career.

After successfully completing the four-year undergraduate degree at ISU, rural health scholars are eligible to train as medical doctors with the IU School of Medicine.

Cochran worked all summer to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in the hopes of earning high enough scores to receive the $8,000 scholarship. But it wasn't just his MCAT scores that merited recognition. The scholarship is designed to honor students who demonstrate leadership qualities and have helped mentor underclassmen in the Rural Health Program.

"These are certainly among the best and brightest at ISU," said Holly Hobaugh, coordinator of academic services and pre-professional advisor at Indiana State. "Rural health scholars are involved all across campus and contribute just as much to the university as they receive."

The son of Charles and Kay Cochran, Charlie Cochran is now the in process of applying to medical school and said the scholarship has only furthered his passion for pursuing a career as a physician.

"For it to all pay off like this, it's really exciting," Cochran said. "The road to medical school is a long four years and it's nice to have this kind of incentive at the end of it."

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Contact: Holly Hobaugh, coordinator of academic services and pre-professional advisor, Indiana State University, 812-237-8633 or hhobaugh@isugw.indstate.edu.

Writer: Emily Taylor, assistant director of media relations, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or etaylor16@indstate.edu.

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Charlie Cochran, a senior biochemistry major at Indiana State University, is the 2008 recipient of the Rural Health Initiative Scholarship.

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