Two VCOM students—Torhiana Haydel ’24, VCOM-Louisiana, and Numa Rehmani ’25, VCOM-Carolinas—were recognized with the prestigious William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship. The scholarship is named after Dr. Anderson, who was the first Black person to serve as a member of the American Osteopathic Association and who is a director emeritus on the VCOM College-Wide Board of Directors. The scholarship recognizes minority medical students who are committed to eliminating healthcare disparities and enhancing patient-centered care.
Ahmad Chaban ’24, VCOM-Louisiana, and Amaria Sledge ’25, VCOM-Virginia, both won Sterling Welch, DO, Scholars Grants. These grants are open to first, second and third-year osteopathic medicine students who have a financial need and demonstrate a commitment to community service and academic achievement.
Chandra Jennings, DO, who graduated from VCOM-Carolinas in 2017, was recognized as a Florida State Emerging Leader.
Zach Simmons ’25, from VCOM-Virginia, was honored with one of the most notable awards of the conference: the Golden Ticket. These scholarships support exceptional osteopathic medical students who carry a “disproportionate financial burden due to events outside of their control.” Simmons was selected by a review committee from five finalists asthe winner of the largest Golden Ticket award. A native of Giles County, Virginia, Simmons is an active member of the VCOM-Virginia family. He can regularly be found organizing health fairs and other events to provide healthcare to patients around the region.
Congratulations to all of our VCOM winners!