Nigerian family award inaugural medical scholarship to London medical student
The Akindolie Medical Scholarship, which was launched in April 2016 to support medical students from a BAME background, has been awarded to a London medical student.
Set up by Funke Abimbola (nee Akindolie), Dr. Mo Akindolie and Dr. Femi Akindolie, the scholarship was established to honour their father, Dr. Frank Olufemi Akindolie.
“Our father was a gifted, German trained doctor who built up a successful medical practice in Nigeria. He tragically died of liver cancer in 2012,” explains Abimbola. “We wanted to establish something permanent in his name here in the UK, specifically to encourage future doctors”.
“Although I chose to become a lawyer, I come from a family of doctors”, continues Abimbola. “Morale amongst junior hospital doctors in the UK is at an all-time low due to proposed changes to junior doctors’ employment terms. By doing this, we hope to encourage and support future doctors to remain committed to their medical careers despite the challenges they face”.
The 2016 awardee is Folashade Oyewole, a 5th year medical student at Imperial College, London. As well as being outstanding academically, throughout her schooling, she has taken positions that allow her to give back to society.
“During my first year, I tutored and mentored students in Years 7-9 at IntoUniversity, encouraging conversations about higher education options”, says Folashade. “I was subsequently selected as a Future Leader by Powerful Media based on academic excellence and positive impact on society in 2013”.
“I feel so privileged to have received this scholarship award and it has given me the encouragement I need to continue with my medical career”.
Commenting on the caliber of applicants for the scholarship award, Abimbola said that, “We received some excellent applications for this year’s scholarship, showcasing the breadth of young talent out there. However, Folashade’s application stood out not only due to her outstanding academic achievements but also her overwhelming track record and strong commitment to giving back to society”.
“We were also impressed by her exceptional leadership qualities, entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrable interest in advancing the use of technology for the benefit of patients”.
The 2016 scholarship comprises a bursary of £1,500 together with mentoring and leadership coaching which will support Folashade’s ongoing development.
Applications for the 2017 scholarship will open in April 2017.
To qualify, candidates will need to be studying at a UK medical school on a full time basis with a strong academic record and will need to show evidence of giving back to society outside their medical studies. Candidates from a BAME background are particularly encouraged to apply.
Whilst priority will be given to students at medical school in London or Newcastle (“both being locations where my younger siblings attended medical school”, explains Abimbola), all UK-based medical students will be considered.
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