LA)— The Lafayette Parish Medical Society
Alliance (LPMSA) Medical Scholarship Fund, at Community
Foundation of Acadiana, recently awarded a $3,000 scholarship to medical
student, Amy DeKerlegand.
DeKerlegand is a graduate of UL Lafayette and
Lafayette High School. She has been accepted into the medical program at the
LSU Health and Science School in New Orleans and will begin school this fall.
Scholarship recipient, Amy
DeKerlegand said, "I want to practice medicine because I grew up around it. My
dad was an ICU nurse, and his career peaked my interest in medicine at an early
The scholarship fund was created
to help ensure the future of medicine in Lafayette by providing assistance to
students residing in Lafayette Parish who are in medical school.
Lauren Swan said, "I am so glad the medical alliance awards this scholarship
because medical school is expensive. It is important that we support our local
This is the
third year LPMSA awards a scholarship and there are six, past recipients. The scholarship
is made possible by contributions from LPMSA members and aims to sustain the
future of medicine in Lafayette Parish by providing scholarships to medical students
who are residents of Lafayette Parish.
Scholarship applicants must be residents of Lafayette Parish, currently
enrolled in or entering medical school and a Louisiana resident for at least 12
months prior to applying. Applicants
are also required to provide two letters of reference, proof of enrollment and
a one-page essay.
LPMSA is a
nonprofit service organization of physicians and their spouses who are
dedicated to advancing the health of Acadiana.The group is committed to
promoting health education; supporting health-related charitable endeavors;
encouraging participation of volunteers in activities that address health care
needs; and extending health-related programs of the Lafayette Parish Medical
For more information on the LPMSA Medical
Scholarship Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, please visit www.cfacadiana.org/LPMSA.