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Eugene B. Feigelson Merit-Based Scholarship Award for 2011

We are happy to announce that the 2011 recipient of the Eugene B. Feigelson Merit-Based Scholarship Award was presented to Damali B. Adu.

Damali Adu was born in the Bronx, but now lives in Queens, New York. She attended one year of undergraduate college at Howard University before transferring to Wesleyan University after her freshman year. She graduated from Wesleyan in 2003 with a BA degree and a major in neuroscience and behavior. Following her graduation, she remained at Wesleyan for one year, earning her MA degree in neuroscience and then completed premedical requirements at CUNY City College. She entered SUNY Downstate in Fall, 2007 and will graduate this May, 2011. During medical school, she was an anatomy coordinator in the summer Operation Success program, and a junior and senior volunteer in the student operated Brooklyn Free Clinic. She also participated in a health fair sponsored by our student chapter of the Student National Medical Association. She is going into an Internal Medicine-Emergency Medicine residency (EM-IM) at Henry Ford Health Science Center in Michigan.

Eugene B. Feigelson Merit-Based Scholarship Award for 2010

We are happy to announce that the 2010 recipient of the Eugene B. Feigelson Merit-Based Scholarship Award was presented to Charles Esenwa on May 24, 2010 at the College of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies Awards Day.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria and now living in New York, Dr. Esenwa earned a BS degree from Pennsylvania State University in May, 2006, with a major in Microbiology/Bacteriology. He entered SUNY Downstate in the Fall of 2006, graduating in May, 2010. At the beginning of the fourth year of medical school he was ranked in the upper third of his class. Dr. Esenwa will be serving a residency in Neurology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Dr. Esenwa achievements have been carried out in spite of a life of considerable hardship. Raised by a single mother, he has not seen his father since they left Nigeria when he was a year old. He and his mother were subjected to racially-motivated physical violence while living in Bulgaria, which caused them to flee to America on a refugee visa when he was ten. Here, they were on welfare while his mother worked towards an American medical license. In 1999 his mother was diagnosed with retinal melanoma. She passed away in 2002, effectively leaving Charles and his brother alone in the United States. Charles and his brother worked part-time to relieve the massive debt incurred during this illness, but they eventually lost their house. In 2004, he left school to work full-time, while taking one or two classes a semester to complete his degree.

Dr. Esenwa's history at Downstate highlights his commitment to medicine and to the community. He is a Gold Humanism Honor Society member and has been a tutor for the Arthur Ashe Institute. He participated in the Health Fair in August 2007 and April 2009 and was part of a Medical Mission to Haiti in December, 2008. In March-July 2009, he did GED tutoring for immigrants at the Downtown Learning Center. He also has been an employee at the student center.

Eugene B. Feigelson Merit-Based Scholarship Award for 2008

We are happy to announce that the first annual Eugene B. Feigelson Merit-Based Scholarship Award was presented to Gylynthia Trotman on May 22, 2008 at the College of Medicine Awards Day.

Gylynthia has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishments in addition to her medical studies. Her research poster entitled, "Incorporating on-line lectures in an obstetrics and gynecology clerkship: a two year experience," was presented at the ACOG national meeting in Utah. In addition, throughout medical school, she was an active member of the Daniel Hale Williams Society; a co-director of Operation Success; and worked in the Family Planning Clinic. She served as community service liaison and co-president (2005-2006) to the OB/GYN club, and was a student member of the College of Medicine Admissions Committee (2005-2006).

Gylynthia graduated from SUNY Downstate in May, 2008, as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the national medical school honor society.

She started her OB/GYN residency at Mt. Sinai in Manhattan in July, 2008.

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