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Xavier University Graduate received Ochsner Health Medical School Scholarship

Pierre St-Jean

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Colbren Thomas, Xavier University of Louisiana graduate, has received the third annual Ochsner Health Medical School Scholarship for LSU Health Shreveport – School of Medicine.

Thomas is from Mansfield, Louisiana, a town of about 5000 people located about 40 miles from Shreveport and graduated from Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

He was involved in campus leadership activities, volunteering, shadowing, and scientific research outside of the classroom. He took part in the Harvard Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) Program, a national program designed to encourage students to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research. Thomas also collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh's SEA-PHAGES (Science Education Alliance-Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science) program, which is a two-semester, discovery-based undergraduate research course that progresses through a variety of microbiology techniques.

“I believe it is important for people of differing backgrounds and ethnicities to come together and share their experiences in an effort to better serve our communities. As a future doctor, I believe it’s my responsibility to serve not only my community, but any community in need”, said Thomas.

The scholarship award he received will cover the cost of tuition for Thomas to attend LSU Health Shreveport – School of Medicine.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be a Louisiana resident, a Xavier student, and have been accepted into the LSU Health Shreveport – School of Medicine. To apply for the scholarship, Xavier students submitted an application that included academic achievements, recommendations, and an essay about how they overcame adversity. The final scholarship recipient was chosen by a joint Xavier and Ochsner committee that reviewed the applications. This scholarship program selects one scholarship recipient each year.

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