2014-15 Scholarship Recipients

Leadership Scholarship Recipient

Lurit Bepo 16M
Arlington, Texas

Now a third year student at Emory’s School of Medicine, initially Lurit Bepo was “highly recruited because of her academic record but also because of her record of service in college [Wash U] and to the community in St. Louis,” notes Robert Lee, PhD, Associate Dean and Director of Multicultural Medical Student Affairs. As president of Emory’s Student National Medical Association, which focuses on mentoring and supporting under-represented minority medical and pre-medical students in local communities, Lurit has exemplified servant leadership, that is, a willingness to provide assistance while simultaneously affirming and supporting those around her. Among her myriad accomplishments in this capacity are:  revitalization of recruitment efforts and programs including high school mentorship, MLK service day and Black History Month activities; transformation of Kwanzaa Celebration into an event honoring deserving Medical School students, faculty and staff; organization of a photography fundraiser for the school’s White Coat Ceremony; and facilitation and hosting of SNMA’s first ever Hispanic Heritage Month. Additionally, Lurit is a volunteer at student-run medical clinics throughout metro Atlanta. Remembering her father’s recommendation to always have the “spirit of the volunteer,” Lurit’s primary hope for her life and career is to “continue to build a strong foundation upon which others may stand.”


Jessica Hirst 15N
Wayne, Pennsylvania

Jessica Hirst, an undergraduate in the School of Nursing, has been involved since high school with Best Buddies, an international organization that aims to form close peer friendships with individuals who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. As activities coordinator of Emory’s chapter, she has aided in increasing club membership from 15 to more than 200, transforming it into one of the largest organizations at Emory. She intends to apply for president next year, with a goal of creating a more “disability friendly” campus.  Jessica is also secretary of the Pre-Nursing Club, and hopes to continue to educate, inspire and excite nursing majors as Nursing Student Ambassador and member of the SON Honor Council. She is a volunteer at the Clarkston Refugee Center, organizing fundraisers and performing pediatric assessments. Additionally, Jessica was on the Dean’s list in both 2012 and 2013 and serves as the New Member Chairman of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. According to Katherine A. Yeager, PhD, RN, Research Assistant Professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff SON, “Jess is driven by her passion to make the world a better place. . . . . I have no doubt that she will be a great nurse and nurse leader in the near future.”

Past Recipients



Kurtis George Anderson 14C
Leia Clement 11C 15L

Meredith Ingram 03C 11PH 12A
Uma Chidambaram 11Ox 13C

Marc G. Gross 12L
Mariangela Jordan 12C

Bethel (Betty) Tezera 10Ox
Nicole Dubruiel 07PH 12MN

Sacha Munro 11C
Lori Northcraft 10M 10PH