Three Indiana University medical students were recently awarded partial scholarships in the name of the late State Legislator Eugene Bainbridge. The scholarships were designated for students from the local area who exhibited high academic achievement.
Second year students, Heather Higgins of Munster, Nancy Pudlo of Munster and first year student Nicholas Shea of Highland were presented with their awards at the student orientation luncheon for the School of Medicine. Mrs. Stella Bainbridge, widow of the late legislator, presented the awards.
Dr. William Baldwin, assistant dean and director of the Northwest Center for Medical Education, said the funds were given to open doors of opportunity for men and women possessing a strong desire to provide high quality medical care to the Lake County community.
"Mrs. Bainbridge's husband Eugene was instrumental in the early development of our Center. The legislation he sponsored has provided funds to aid in the center's growth. His connection to the Northwest Center and the university goes back a long way," Baldwin said.
The Northwest Center for Medical Education is one of eight regional medical centers in the statewide system of the Indiana University School of Medicine. Located on the Indiana University Northwest Campus in Gary, IN, it includes 18 full-time and several part-time faculty, more than 120 physician volunteers, a full-time medical librarian and nine research assistants.