Winthrop Student Selected for Scholarship to Help Pay for Medical School
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
Elizabeth “Liz” McAbee, a Winthrop University senior biology major, was awarded a Fullerton Medical Scholarship to attend the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine – Columbia in the fall.
The scholarship is worth $20,000 annually for four years for a total of $80,000, and will pay for half of McAbee’s tuition.
The Greenville, South Carolina, student said in her scholarship application that her passion for the medical field and for people has grown exponentially as she has involved herself in shadowing, volunteering and additional medical-related experiences. At this point, she is leaning toward becoming a primary care physician or an obstetrics-gynecologist.
McAbee gained experience working for a year as a medical assistant intern at the York County Free Clinic where she volunteered for more than 100 hours. She also worked a semester-long internship at the Palmetto Pregnancy Center and achieved basic certification as an emergency medical technician.
Matt Stern, an assistant professor of biology, said, “Liz is an extremely talented student who has sought out opportunities to serve others and to enrich her Winthrop experience through participation in numerous extracurricular activities and programs. She is well suited for a career in medicine and a wonderful role model for other Winthrop students with similar aspirations. It’s awesome to see her accomplishments and potential recognized with a Fullerton Medical Scholarship.”
McAbee conducted stem cell research in Stern’s lab for her honors thesis project and presented her work at the 2017 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society’s Americas Conference in December.
McAbee, who was homeschooled along with her eight siblings until she reached eighth grade, said she wants to continue work with underserved populations. “Although medicine is far more complex and impactful than only serving the poor, impoverished, and Spanish-speaking, I hope that when I become a physician, it will continue to be a main objective of mine to serve those within these patient populations,” she wrote in her application. “Because of my love for medicine and for people, there is no greater desire of mine than to become a compassionate, adept physician who will advocate for my patients, make every patient interaction impactful, and devote my career to serving and healing others.”