Scores of Students Receive Awards, Scholarships for Their Drive, Desire and Excellence

By Howard University News Service

WASHINGTON- As a child, Krystina Rowe, a third year student in the College of Medicine, saw vividly the lack of available health care in her hometown of Kingston, Jamaica.

She saw the long lines of people waiting patiently outside the hospital with no appointments to see a doctor.  She knew the stories of people going to the hospital early in the morning and leaving late in the day still not having seen a doctor.

And those experiences shaped and molded her.

“Since I was in the eighth grade, I wanted to be a doctor,” Rowe, 22, said. “What drew me to medicine was my interest in science and how the human body functions and giving back to the community.”

When Love Anani was a child growing up in Houston, Texas, he often found himself in the emergency room of the local hospital seeking simple medical care that could be normally attained from a doctor.

“I was not insured,” recalled Anani, now a fourth-year student in the College of Medicine.  “So, the emergency room was the only place I could receive care. This is the reason I chose emergency medicine as my specialty. Emergency medicine is the only form of medicine where any human being, regardless of race, income or gender, can receive medical care without question.”

The two have distinguished themselves during their tenure at the college, and this year both received awards at the annual Honors and Awards Day Nov. 16 in Main Auditorium of the College of Medicine Numa P. G. Adams Building

They were among more than 60 students who received receive dozens of awards and thousands of dollars in scholarships as family and friends from across the globe cheered them on in a raucous celebration of excellence and achievement.

Rowe, a 2009 graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mi., received the Dr. Percy O. Batips Jr. Scholarship.  The $2,000 scholarship and plaque are given to a “third-year student who demonstrated outstanding improvement through hard work and diligence during the first and second years of medical school.”

Rowe remembers struggling early on.

“First year was very hard for me, the transition from undergrad to medical school,” she said. “By the time I got to the second year, I was doing a lot better. I knew how to study better, and the material that we were covering was more interesting.  So, it was easier to study. Now I am seeing and doing more.  It is making it easier for me to learn and stay interested.”

Rowe ultimately wants to specialize in gastroenterology, medicine that deals with the disorders of the stomach and intestines, and she wants to return to Jamaica.

 “Being from Jamaica, my passion is to go back and do mission work there,” she said. “I am very interested in international mission work.”

Anani received the Malcolm X-Brown Award.  The award was established by College of Medicine alumnus Dr. Ewart Brown, a former premier of Bermuda, in honor of his parents. 

The $20,000 scholarship is given to a “senior student who best exemplifies the ideals of human rights activist Malcolm X and who has a keen and sincere interest in the policies which affect the health of black and other non-white people.”

“I am honored to be a recipient of the award,” Anani said.

He also received one of three $1,000 Pioneer Awards given by the Howard University Medical Alumni Association to a sophomore, junior and senior student for outstanding leadership and service.

One example of Anani’s leadership was the period he served as the student council president for the medical school. Anani said his goal is to give back to minorities in society, particularly African Americans, and being a physician is part of that goal.

“Medicine has been on my mind since I was a child,” said the 2006 graduate of Carlton College in Northfield, Minn. “My mother was a nurse, and she would always joke that I must be a doctor.”

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