Student Earns Big Reward for Smarts and Service
Published July 2008
A hundred years ago, prominent Cincinnati banker and philanthropist Jacob Schmidlapp established a trust that would over the next century contribute $1.6 million toward art, health and community initiatives. From this trust a scholarship celebrates the memory of his daughter, Charlotte.
The scholarship is awarded annually on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, community involvement, leadership and involvement in women’s health care.
Today, third-year UC College of Medicine student Hillary Dunlevy has the honor of receiving the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp scholarship, $15,000 for the 2008-2009 academic year. The gift is administered by Fifth Third Bank, which is connected by history to Jacob Schmidlapp’s Union Savings Bank. The savings bank merged with Fifth Third in 1919.
"Each one of the women we interviewed made us all proud of the women coming through the College of Medicine," says UC professor of medicine Jane Henney, MD, who served on the recommendation committee.
"Hillary is just outstanding in what she’s done in terms of community service, her interactions with other medical students, patients and faculty members. She’s going to have a very bright future," adds Henney.
"I’ve met some good people in my life that opened my eyes to the world," says Dunlevy, who graduated from Dartmouth College in
2001 and shortly thereafter joined the Peace Corps, teaching HIVAIDS education in Malawi.
Dunlevy enrolled at the College of Medicine in 2004 but took a year off to complete coursework for a master’s degree in public health at Ohio State University. In addition to academic pursuits, she served as the co-president of the American Medical Student Association and
became active in Student Physicians for Social Responsibility, taking part in projects in Over-the-Rhine and Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Her focus today is on outreach programs encouraging women to take responsibility for their sexual health.
Dunlevy plans to return to Malawi for a portion of her fourth-year school coursework.