Scholarship Recipients

  • Davison Beenfeldt Recipient 20-21

    Dear School of Medicine Alumni Chapter members,

    I am writing to thank you for awarding me the generous School of Medicine Alumni Chapter Scholarship. I was overjoyed and very appreciative to learn that I was selected as a recipient of this scholarship.

    I am currently a second-year medical student at UNR Med and am interested in both emergency medicine and cardiology. This past year has brought along new challenges, and although difficult, I have enjoyed every moment of my time at UNR Med thus far and cannot wait for the opportunities in the coming years.

    The scholarship you provided will be of incredible assistance in paying my educational expenses, and I could not be more grateful for your help in letting me pursue my passion. I will continue to work hard in my endeavors and I hope that one day, I will be able to help future medical students in the same way you have helped me. Thank you again for your generosity and support.

    Davison Beenfeldt, MSll

  • Adrienne Poteete Recipient 19-20

    Dear School of Medicine Alumni Chapter,

    My name is Adrienne Poteete and I am a second-year medical student at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. I was honored to receive the School of Medicine Alumni Chapter Scholarship and am grateful for the opportunities it will provide me. As a native Nevadan, I dreamed of going to medical school here in Reno for as long as I can remember. Early on in my education, I found that I had a passion for science and the exploration and discovery it inspires.

    Reno is near and dear to my heart, so combining this passion with improving the health and wellbeing of a community I love is my lifelong dream. When I'm not studying, I enjoy finding new and challenging hikes in the area, reading, and spending time at beautiful Lake Tahoe. This scholarship will be extremely helpful throughout this year of medical school. Because of your generosity, the financial burden of my medical education will be reduced. This means I can spend more time on my studies, research, and extracurricular activities and less time worrying about my finances. Thank you for your investment in Nevada's healthcare through supporting medical students like myself.

    Adrienne Poteete UNR Med, MS2

  • Brenda Shen Recipient 18-19

    Dear Alumni Association Members,

    I, Brenda Shen, am truly honored to be a recipient of the School of Medicine Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment. As a student who was accepted into medical school one year ago, I am grateful for the opportunities this scholarship will present me in my pursuit.

    As I start my second year of medical school, I look back on how far I have gotten since I entered my first year. At first, I was shocked at how much different medical school is from high school and even college, in terms of academics and faculty. I struggled at first to find my footing and discovered the most efficient way to study for all the material presented to me in my first year. But as I got used to changing my way of studying, I was able to realize the quality of what I was studying and how much it piqued my interest. It reinforced my resolve to get through medical school and learn to become the best doctor I can be. And I knew I could not have done what I have without the help of the school faculty. I discovered that they are more than willing to assist me and my peers in achieving that goal. Herein lies the difference between the faculty here and that of the schools I attended previously. After having seen multiple patients alone, I look back at myself one year ago, who would be afraid to speak two words to a patient alone.

    During my journey through medical school, I hope to continue learn as much as I can about medicine and achieve the highest grades that I can. Unfortunately, as most medical students know, academics is not the only thing to worry about. Medical school is not cheap and student loans are often something all students dread while attending. However, I can proudly say that my tuition for the upcoming year at the University of Nevada School of Medicine is now paid in full with the help of this award. Receiving this scholarship will help me in my endeavors as I will have fewer financial worries about textbooks, loans, and monthly rent as I am now living on campus. Because of this, I can focus more on my academics and building my social network.

    I am deeply humbled and I thank you for supporting students like me.

    Brenda Shen