Siemens-ASCP Scholarships Inspire Students to Dream Big
Friday, September 21, 2012
The rapidly changing environment in laboratory medicine is a key factor that attracted Andrew Abdella, MLS(ASCP)CM, to study medical laboratory science in college.
“The field is growing at a fast rate, due to more research being done in diagnostic science,” he said. “Being in a field that is growing is fun. Being a chemist, I have really enjoyed working in a microbiology department and a blood bank.”
The Siemens-ASCP Scholarship helped a lot with defraying living costs, room and board. I was going to school 40 hours a week, studying, and doing an internship at the hospital as a medical laboratory scientist 10 hours a week.
—Andrew Abdella, MLS(ASCP)CM
A 2011–2012 Siemens-ASCP Scholar, Mr. Abdella graduated from Parkview School of Medical Laboratory Science, Pueblo, Colo., in June with a bachelor’s degree and has passed the ASCP certification exam. “The Siemens-ASCP Scholarship helped a lot with defraying living costs, room and board,” he said. “I was going to school 40 hours a week, studying and doing an internship at the hospital as a medical laboratory scientist 10 hours a week.”
Mr. Abdella is now employed as a laboratory professional at Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colo. “I am broadening my skills in all departments,” he said.
Another 2011-2012 Siemens-ASCP Scholar, Larock Flemings, was inspired to become a laboratory professional in 2008 after an injury prevented him from pursuing his dream of a career in law enforcement. After serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1997-2001, he became a Special Police Officer and began pursuing a law enforcement career. An injury in 2008, which was related to his service in the military, ended that dream but opened another door.
“In this field, I will be able to come home every day and know that I made a difference in the lives of the people in my community,” Mr. Flemings said. “Early detection of disease is absolutely critical. It takes a trained medical professional to know what to look for, what tests to run, what questions to ask, and, ultimately, what to do in the laboratory.”
Mr. Flemings said the scholarship has provided much needed financial support for his family. It has been difficult being able to provide for his family while living with a disability. “The financial support that I receive from the Veterans Administration is barely enough to make ends meet,” he said. He looks forward to completing his studies, so that he can start a new career and support his family on his own.
Mr. Flemings and Mr. Abdella are two of the 175 talented medical laboratory students who received $182,000 merit-based scholarships through the Siemens-ASCP Scholarship last year. Applications for the 2012–2013 Siemens-ASCP Scholarship are due Nov. 15, 2012.
"The Siemens-ASCP scholarship financially assists students seeking education and professional certification in the clinical laboratory sciences,” said Mark Bailey, MA, HTL(ASCP)CM, Chair of the Siemens-ASCP Scholarship Committee. “From the generosity of Siemens and ASCP members, students are prepared to play a vital role in patient care and will contribute to our nation's healthcare system. Siemens and ASCP serve as an excellent example of a collaborative partnership that ensures student success."
For more information and to download an application form, visit www.ascp.org/scholarships. To see the full list of winners from 2011-2012, click here.