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SUU Alumnus Awarded Medical School Scholarship

Published: September 27, 2016 | Category: Academics

SUU Alumnus Awarded Medical School ScholarshipBeau Condie, Southern Utah University (SUU) alumnus and native of Ivins, Utah, is a recipient of the Brandon Trusell Service Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to just two incoming Rocky Vista University College of Medicine (RVUCOM) students, who are just beginning medical school and have demonstrated a strong commitment to service.

The scholarship was established in memory of Brandon Trusell, who lost his life in an accident during his first year of medical school. As health care rapidly changes, a commitment to service as a physician is an essential trait for success.  Through Condie’s past record of consistent service to others and his future plans to continue serving as a medical student and physician, he will receive a tuition waiver of $5,000 this academic year.

Condie is currently in his first semester of medical school, at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado. Although Condie is originally from Ivins, Utah, and his home is just a “stone’s throw away” from the new RVUCOM campus (currently accepting students for its inaugural fall 2017 class), Condie and his wife, Katie, were ready for an exciting new adventure in Colorado.

Condie demonstrated an attitude of service from his earliest days as an Eagle Scout. Since then, he served in various positions while a student at Snow Canyon High School, class of 2009. His service experiences while earning his biology degree at SUU included acting as a Service Leader and an SUU Health Care Exploration Camp mentor. Condie also served a Spanish-speaking mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic. One of his most influential experiences was a three-year involvement with Camp Kesem, in which he continues to participate as an alumnus, working to form a partnership between a UC Boulder chapter of Camp Kesem and the Pediatrics Club.

Condie is now off to a strong start at RVUCOM, embarking on his intensive medical training, in the hopes of becoming a specialist in Pediatrics. His collegiate involvement with the SUU Rural Health Scholars program facilitated some of those valuable service opportunities and experiences. Karen Ganss, Assistant Director with the Utah Center for Rural Health, indicates during his time in Rural Health Scholars Condie was, “such a joy to work with, as he was always willing to step outside his comfort zone and help others.”

The Rural Health Scholars program is available at Southern Utah University, Dixie State University, Snow College, and Utah State University-Eastern in Price. Since 2007, this program has assisted pre-health students in providing enhanced support in meeting the requirements for graduate healthcare programs, including test preparation, mock interviews, tutoring, mentoring, and other necessary activities for competitive graduate programs.

Condie, son of Scott and Janette Condie, gives this advice to other pre-health and pre-medical students: “Keep getting out there and do some good in your community.”

For more information on Utah Center for Rural Health programs, including Rural Health Scholars, contact Karen Ganss at (435) 865-8573 or visit www.suu.edu/ruralhealth.

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