Hats off to the scholarship winners!

(l-r) Charles Crutchfield III, MD, president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Medical Association, Mary Tate, director of Diversity and Minority Affairs at the U of MN Medical School, David Hamlar, MD, ENT surgeon and U of MN Medical School advisor and liaison, Danielle Brewer, and Lauren Nichols.
Submitted photo

The Minnesota Chapter of the National Medical Association (a.k.a. the Minnesota Association of Black Physicians/the Minnesota Association of African American Physicians) was pleased to award two scholarships to two senior medical students on Sept. 25 at a ceremony on campus at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

The awards recognized outstanding achievement in the area of medical student performance. Danielle Brewer was given the Rodney Wayne England, M.D. Scholarship. Brewer graduated from Blake School in 2012 and Howard University in 2016.  

Dr. England was a pioneering physician in Internal Medicine who had a private practice in St. Paul and served the citizens in a sterling manner for over 40 years. He grew up in Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School. Dr. England did his residency training at the Minneapolis V.A. Hospital, Ramsey Hospital, and Hennepin County Hospital. He was married to Pat, and they had five children, two of whom are practicing physicians in the Twin Cities. 

Lauren Nichols was given the Dr. Cassius Marcellus Clay Ellis Scholarship. Nichols graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School in 2011 and St. Olaf College in 2015.   

Dr. Ellis was a renown surgeon. He was born in Kentucky and graduated from Meharry Medical College in 1962. Dr. Ellis was one of the first presidents of the Minnesota chapter of the National Medical Association. He trained many Minnesota surgeons and had a strong affiliation and respect from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, U.S. Army, and North Memorial Hospital. He and his wife Phyllis had four children together. 

Both Brewer and Nichols are completing their fourth year of medical school and will graduate in May 2020. They both have a keen interest in pediatrics.

—Information and photo provided by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Medical Association.