The MAHEC Tamra Lisy Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Tamra Lisy, the first Center Director for the East Central Missouri Area Health Education Center in St. Louis, MO, to commemorate her spirit of leadership and commitment to health care for underserved populations in Missouri. This $550 scholarship is awarded to support the health profession training of an exceptional ACES student in each MAHEC region in recognition of their dedication to becoming a health care provider and their commitment to community and quality health care. The scholarship recipient exemplifies the MAHEC mission to enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventive care, by improving the supply and distribution of health care professionals through community and academic educational partnerships.
This year’s winner from the SEMO AHEC region is Allison “Alli” Mowrer. Alli graduated from Kennett High School this year and plans to attend the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall.
Since joining 3 years ago, Alli has excelled in the ACES program. She has participated in more than 100 hours of AHEC sponsored activities. She has also logged countless volunteer hours for projects in her community and shadowed several local health care providers to learn more about their professions.
As a student in the ACES program, she has demonstrated a love of learning and the level of commitment necessary to succeed in college and beyond. She has also always expressed great enthusiasm for her desire to become a pediatric dentist and one day practice in a rural underserved community in Southeast Missouri as a way to give back.
It was a pleasure being able to present this scholarship to such a deserving student, on behalf of SEMO AHEC, at the Kennett High School Awards Assembly on Friday, May 15. I have great respect for her and truly believe that she will one day be an excellent dentist.
– Racheal Baker, SEMO AHC Program Specialist