2016 Centennial Scholarship Award Winners

First-year WWAMI Student Janelle Strampe reacts to Dr. Larry Kirven telling a story
about her after being recognized as a WMS Centennial Scholarship Award winner
during the WMS Annual Meeting in Jackson last week.

Strampe, Morrison, and Richards Honored with Scholarships at Annual Meeting

CHEYENNE – Two first-year medical students and a recent WWAMI graduate were awarded scholarships at the Wyoming Medical Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge last week. The awards were handed out during the President’s Dinner at the WMS Annual Meeting.

Kayla Morrison and Janelle Strampe were both awarded $2,000 WMS Foundation Centennial Scholarships. Morrison is a native of Casper, who attended her undergraduate education at Gonzaga University. Strampe is a Green River native who attended undergraduate education at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Both are first-year students who have expressed interest in practicing in Wyoming and the West during their career.

In addition to the scholarships for Morrison and Strampe, Hope (Wilson) Richards was honored at the event as the Outstanding WWAMI Graduate. Richards is a Cheyenne native who will be moving on to residency this summer.

Led by the efforts of Dr. Mike Jording, in 2003 the Wyoming Medical Society established the Centennial Scholarship Fund in an effort to financially aid and recognize outstanding Wyoming students in the WWAMI medical education program. WMS set a goal to raise $50,000 by June 2007 to draw matching state funds to create a $100,000 endowment for scholarships. That goal was exceeded in February of 2007 and the state of Wyoming matched the raised funds dollar-for-dollar. The year 2007 marked the first time WMS was able to celebrate the success of the Centennial Scholarship fund by awarding the first scholarship award to an outstanding student in the E-06 WWAMI class.