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FALL 2013

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S O A R I N G C A R D S Henry Vogt (Hallmark) Scholar: Greer Waldrop, 10A BACKGROUND: The Henry Vogt Scholarship program (formerly called the Hallmark Scholars) was created in 2012 to help recruit Kentucky's best and brightest students. The scholars must have a minimum GPA of 3.75 and score a minimum of 30 ACT and 1320 SAT. The Hallmark Scholars program was renamed the Henry Vogt Scholarship in honor of a $3 million gift from the Henry Vogt Foundation and its president, Henry V. Heuser, Jr., and $3 million in matching gifts from other donors earlier this year. The scholarship includes full tuition and an annual $3,500 educational allowance that can be used for travel, research or enrichment projects. GIVING THANKS: As a high school senior, Greer Waldrop, 26, said she was the "defnition of undecided." She is anything but that now. The bright and determined 2010 summa cum laude graduate is pursuing her dream of medicine thanks to her start at UofL. Her experience as a GEMS (Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School) student and Henry Vogt Scholar (Hallmark Scholar) set her on a course for success. As a GEMS student, Waldrop was among 10 pre-med students who had unique access to a balanced selection of activities over the four years of their undergraduate experience that fostered their interest in medicine. The Paducah, Ky., native said the study-abroad opportunities through the Vogt Scholars program made the difference for her future. "I came to UofL with an eagerness to see the world and I left UofL with four stamps in my passport," she explained. "I was able to pursue dreams of swimming in the Dead Sea, learning African dance in Africa, and traveling India by train, alongside academic studies that allowed me to work in leadership positions of organizations, to enroll in multi-disciplinary seminars, as well as attend lectures and concerts. The comprehensive generosity of these scholarships not only gave me an excellent degree, but also, because of UofL, I am on a fulflling career path that was beyond my imagination as a college freshman." Since leaving UofL in 2010, Waldrop has been busy with study at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and return travel to India, where she helped conduct research at the Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education. She entered the University of Maryland's School of Medicine this semester with hopes to practice medicine and conduct epidemiologic research internationally. Inset photo: Greer Waldrop with colleagues at the Molecular Biology Lab of the YRG Centre for AIDS Research and Education in Chennai, India, in 2011. FA L L UO F L M A G A Z I N E | 4 3

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