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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Scholarship Recipient Noted for Academic Performance and Extensive Community Work

February 10, 2015

Stacey Sassaman received the Community Health Leadership and Dean’s Academic Merit Awards.

At 14, Stacey decided to pursue medicine when her grandfather was diagnosed with a rare, malignant brain tumor. “I wanted to understand the disease process,” said Stacey. “I wanted to help him and future patients.”

Keeping on course with her goal of becoming a physician, Stacey has joined Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) with a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health Science from Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCM) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Drexel University (Drexel), her cumulative GPAs were 3.68 and 3.44 respectively.

As noted by one of her professors, Stacey was recognized as “one of the most studious, intellectually versatile and community-conscious students.” An example of her thirst for learning was Stacey auditing additional classes because she reached her maximum course load permitted by the university.

Stacey was a tutor at Drexel’s Center for Academic Success. She coached nursing and graduate professional students in science courses as well as taught study and time management skills. Also, Stacey was a peer mentor at the Drexel Autism Support Program, supporting fellow Drexel students as they integrated into the larger community on campus. She was noted for demonstrating “creativity, sensitivity, and good humor in working with her mentee.”

Other volunteer work included the Linda Creed Foundation, an organization that provides education and free breast cancer screenings to uninsured and underinsured women in the Philadelphia community; the Pediatric Aids Benefit Concert, DUCM’s largest student-run philanthropic event; and Thomas Jefferson University where Stacey was a bone marrow transplant unit volunteer.

The combination of Stacey’s psychology background; childhood experiences in a rural, underserved region and volunteer work in urban areas positions her to effectively interact with patients from all walks of life.


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