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FALL 2021
Foundation Updates
Medical School Scholarship Winners Announced
MEDICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION AWARDS $12,000 TO AREA RESIDENTS
Sonia Hafiz
Sarah Hafiz
T
he Lancaster Medical Society Foundation,
a foundation of the Lancaster
City & County Medical Society,
recently awarded its 2021 scholarships
to Sonia Hafiz, Sarah Hafiz, and Madison
Morgan of Lancaster and Kiernan McNelis of
Lititz. The recipients were selected through a
competitive review process with submissions
from applicants throughout Lancaster County.
Sonia Hafiz, a graduate of Franklin & Marshall
College and a first-year medical student
at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine,
was awarded $4,500.
Sonia shared that her volunteer experiences,
both in a local hospital and at a refugee camp
abroad, led her to her planned career path.
" My experiences have taught me that a future
in medicine is more than saving lives - it is
a responsibility to fulfill the trust people place
in me during their most vulnerable moments.
This trust has fueled my drive to provide care,
foster intimate connections and create a lasting
impact as a physician. I am determined to not
only treat but also help my patients heal. "
Sarah Hafiz, an ophthalmic technician and
Franklin & Marshall College graduate, currently
in her first year at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine, received a $3,500 award. She
explained that her interest in the combination
of advocacy for vulnerable populations and
Madison Morgan
scientific discovery was piqued in high school
through her volunteer efforts with pediatric cancer
patients and her work with Syrian refugees.
" My experiences have motivated me to find
ways to synthesize medical care with championing
causes, communities, and individuals
- to empower patients with the tools to take
charge of their health. I aim to use my medical
expertise to guide policy towards preventive and
integrative health. My longing to help vulnerable
families and communities affected by medical
conditions is at the forefront of my pursuit of
becoming a physician. "
McNelis, a clinical research coordinator and
graduate of Villanova, is an incoming first-year
student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at
Thomas Jefferson University. Her passion for
medicine was fostered through her experience
in both volunteer and professional roles.
" I learned what it means to actively stand
with others in their moments of need, just as
I will strive to do for each patient I encounter
as a future physician. The mission of medicine
can be challenging, but nothing excites me more
than the potential to support others and create
positive change in the powerful interpersonal
moments of medicine. "
Morgan - a former trauma research coordinator,
graduate of the University of Tampa, and
first-year medical student at the Philadelphia
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Kiernan McNelis
College of Osteopathic Medicine - shared that
her decision to pursue a career in medicine was
ignited by her own health issue in high school.
" I spent my high school and college years
shadowing doctors of various specialties, volunteering
countless hours, and working in a
fast-paced hospital environment. It was through
these experiences that I realized I am at my
best solving complex problems in high-stakes
scenarios. Walking through the hospital doors
every day truly gets me fired up. My vision is to
serve in a diverse environment providing care
to underserved populations to achieve true
health equity. "
Madison Morgan and McNelis were both
awarded $2,000 scholarships.
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
$268,000 in scholarships has been given to
deserving local students.

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