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SMHS Student Recognized by the Point Foundation for Exemplary Academics and Leadership in the Community

Dan O’Neill, a third-year medical student pursuing his MD/MPH at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and an HIV awareness activist, is one of 34 scholars, out of 2000 applicants, chosen to receive a scholarship from the Point Foundation.  The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit.

 “Dan is a remarkable student and leader. We are very proud of him for his work and commitment to the community. He is a great example of the kind of ‘citizen-leader’ that the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences is proud to support,” said Dr. Jeffrey S. Akman, Interim Vice Provost for Health Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Awarding just eight scholarships in Point’s first year, the organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, having helped more than 160 individual scholars with over $5.3 million in direct financial support for their college education. Point provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT individuals who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. In June 2011, a total of 71 Point Scholars will be supported in their respective colleges or universities, and 124 Point Alumni will continue to pursue their life goals.

“We are extremely proud to welcome this year’s scholarship class and forever grateful for the help of our supporters and donors that make Point possible, said Point’s Executive Director & CEO Jorge Valencia. “It is our hope that with a higher education, developed leadership skills, and mentorship, these scholars will go on to make positive changes in their community.”