Centre College senior Megan Turner is a recipient of the Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship through the University of Kentucky, where she will be attending medical school.
The Cralle Foundation/Joan Cralle Day Fellowship, named to honor Joan Cralle Day, is an award available for graduate or professional study at the University of Kentucky for an entering student who is a graduate of one of the 20 four-year independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth affiliated with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.
According to Associate Professor of Biology Jessica Wooten, Turner is an intelligent, productive, hardworking and kind-hearted researcher who has earned authorship on three manuscripts.
“As far as I am concerned, there isn’t another person who deserves the Cralle Foundation fellowship more than Megan, and she appreciates the opportunity to be a Cralle Fellow more than I can even begin to express,” Wooten said.
Turner will receive $15,000, plus a tuition scholarship through the foundation.
“This opportunity is very important to me, as it will relieve a portion of the substantial financial stress that medical school brings with it and give me more freedom to focus on my studies,” Turner said. “This is particularly important in my first year as I work on adjusting to a new environment, a new schedule and new responsibilities.”
As a fellow, she is looking forward to exploring and deepening her passion for science, healthcare and people.
Wooten shared how Turner’s dedication to success, engagement in the community and motivation to be an extraordinary physician will benefit both her future patients and the broader medical community.
“Being given the opportunity to pursue a career as a physician is truly an honor, and I am extremely thankful,” she said.
While she has received this award and has been accepted to the University of Kentucky, she is still deciding on which school to attend. Following medical school, Turner said she will complete an internship and residency in her chosen field.
by Kerry Steinhofer
May 2, 2017