Kayla Reagan, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Lauren Blaydon, Washington Univ in St. Louis, MO
The Army Medical Specialist Corp Association was honored to present three $500.00 Education Grants this year. We had outstanding applicants, and each one was very impressive and deserving of this year’s grant.
Gabriella Trevino was recommended by her mother, Amy Trevino, LTC USA (Ret). Gabriella is seeking a bachelor’s in Film, Media, and Asian Studies with the goal of a master’s and a PhD. She has been accepted to Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea for the fall of 2021. We wish her great success in all her educational and life adventures.
Samuel Joshua Clark was recommended by his father Terry Lee Clark, COL, SP, USAR. Samuel’s goal is to complete a bachelor of science in Computer Science and continue for a master’s degree in Hospital Administration, working as a hospital systems officer. He works in the summer to earn money for his college expenses and has already developed a com- puter based Minecraft server while in high school. His work ethic and determination made it easy to select this highly motivated young man. He will surely use his grant to further his journey to success.
Julie Mitchell was recommended by her father, Joe W. Brandenburg, COL, USA Retired. Julie is a Clinical Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Charlotte, NC and is a mother of four active children. Her educational goal is to acquire a master’s degree in Nursing Lead- ership. Her tenacity and hard work are well demonstrated, and she will surely take ad- vantage of this grant to advance to the highest levels of nursing administration leadership.
In 2020, one application was received for the AMSCA Endowment Award. CPT Colin Casey applied for support for her dissertation research and defense during her final year of study for her Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition at the University of North Florida. The committee was pleased to award her $2000.
CPT Colin’s research will be focused on the determination of the best practices in diabetes medical nutrition therapy. She will be using registry data collected through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Informatics Infrastructure in her research and will be analyzing Nutrition Care Process terminology.
AMSCA made its first Family Grant Program Award in 2020 to Nicole Gorczyca, for $500, to help her with your education expenses for the Fall 2020 semester. Nicole is a pre-nursing major at Sonoma State University, CA. She is MAJ (Ret) Cynthia Gorczyca's neice. We wish her every success.
We did not award the RAMSCA Endowment or Nannie Evans award in 2019. Unfortunately, there were no applicants.
Two AMSC officers attending graduate school pursuing their doctoral degrees applied for the endowment in 2018. Both were approved by the Committee and awarded $2000 each as requested.
MAJ Jennifer Mullins, a physical therapist, is attending the University of Kentucky and received the award to assist in her research. She is looking at the effects of dry needling on clinical and neurophysiological components of balance in individuals with chronic ankle instability due to previous ankle strains.
CPT Beatriz George, a dietitian studying at Michigan State University was given the award to assist in her research. She is investigating body image and eating behavior.
MAJ Brenda Bostillos received the first Nannie Evans Scholarship, which was established to support clinical research, education and or special projects undertaken by a 65C/dietitian. MAJ Bostillos applied for funding for a research project to investigate food insecurity within the Active Duty members and their families as well how this population employs coping and resource management strategies. MAJ Bostillos is Chief Education and Research Branch, Department of Nutritional Medicine at BAMC.
Unfortunately, only one application for AMSCA scholarships was received for 2017, so no other scholarships were awarded.
In 2016, three AMSCA Scholarships were awarded, as follows:
MAJ David Robbins, a physical therapist, was awarded $2000 for research to determine the relationships between habitual behavior (daily weight bearing activity and sleep) and changes in quadriceps strength.
CPT Joshua Radi, a physician assistant in the Army National Guard, was awarded $1828 to pursue his research of the combat medic in his medical preparedness when deployed overseas.
LT Jennifer Lopera, a dietitian, was awarded $755 for her research which will characterize food insecurity in a sample of active duty members and will describe environmental associations of food insecurity, weight status and diet quality.