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MEDICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION
ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
Three County Residents Awarded Funds for Medical School

ASHLEY L. VELLUCCI

LANCASTER - The Lancaster Medical
Society Foundation, a Foundation of the Lancaster City & County Medical Society, recently
awarded its 2017 scholarships to Ashley L.
Vellucci, Emma K. Batchelder and Brian W.
Gross, all of Lancaster.
Vellucci received a $5,000 scholarship, while
Batchelder and Gross both received $2,500.
They were selected through a competitive
review process with submissions of more than
20 applications from across Lancaster County.
Vellucci, a Penn Manor and Shippensburg
University graduate, is a first-year student at
Tulane University School of Medicine in New
Orleans. From her professional, clinical, and volunteer experiences, she learned the importance
and difficulty in managing a patient's mental and
emotional needs in addition to physical disease.
"It is the physician's ability to fulfill this
humanistic role that compelled me to pursue
a career as a physician," she explained. "A
physician is responsible for more than a diagnosis. In a profession that relies on teamwork,
I am excited to effectively manage my future
patients' physical, mental and emotional health
through inter-professional collaboration and
patient-centered care."
In addition to her undergraduate research
work and her numerous presentations and
posters, Vellucci gained experience as a mental
health direct support specialist at Community
Services Group, an emergency room volunteer
and trauma services research intern at Penn
Medicine Lancaster General Health and as a
Postbaccalaurate ITRA Fellow at the National

BRIAN W. GROSS

EMMA K. BATCHELDER

Institutes of Health/NINDS/NIB/VIS.

in promoting health and healing."

Batchelder is a recent Dickinson College
graduate and a first-year medical student at
the Penn State College of Medicine. From an
early age, the thought of having knowledge of
the human body and its workings thrilled her,
and witnessing a family member's trauma as a
child sparked her interest in medicine.

"I've come to realize that scientific research,
combined with the power of human connection,
could be a springboard for transforming the
lives of real people. As a physician, I could play
a key role both as investigator and motivator,
promoting a holistic, humanistic approach to
health and healing. This, above all else, solidified
my decision to pursue a career in medicine."

"For as long as I can remember, the sciences
have captivated me," shared Batchelder, "and the
ability to heal people with love and compassion
resonated with me."
"I have seen the deep impact of quality
medicine-consisting of strategic planning,
knowledge, compassion, empowerment and
advocacy. Medicine is a beautiful union between
science and compassion. The union between
these two seemingly disparate ideas is what
drives my desire to become a doctor."
As an undergraduate, she completed an
internship at the Lancaster Cancer Center and
worked at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in
the Department of Medical Oncology.
Gross, a first-year medical student at The
University of Vermont College of Medicine,
saw his vision for a career in medicine take root
during his post-graduate research fellowship
at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health.
As a trauma research coordinator, he was
exposed to a diverse array of both clinical and
non-clinical experiences.
"This experience showed me more than
just the inseparability of research and
medicine," he explained, "it taught me the
power and necessity of human connection

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Gross, a graduate of the Pennsylvania State
University Schreyer Honors College, has also
completed significant grant-funded research and
community outreach, numerous peer-reviewed
research publications, and abstract presentations.
Founded in 1991, the Lancaster Medical
Society Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization that was formed to grant scholarships to students from Lancaster County
who are accepted at or continuing a medical
degree at an accredited allopathic or osteopathic
medical school.
Scholarship recipients exemplify good character, motivation, academic achievement, and
financial need. Since its inception, more than
$224,000 in scholarships has been given to
deserving local students.
For more information about the
scholarship, how to apply, or how to
make a gift to the Foundation, please
visit lancastermedicalsociety.org , then
'Scholarship Foundation', or contact the
Society at 717.393.9588.


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