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Mary-France Hall–NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship

Name: Mary-Frances Hall

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: State Road, North Carolina

Major(s): Neuroscience

Opportunity and Year: NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2018

Project Summary: This coming year I am serving with the Greenville, South Carolina branch Impact America, an AmeriCorps program, that engages recent college graduates to address community needs through two different initiatives. I will be conducting vision screenings at head starts, day cares, and health fairs, ensuring children in urban and rural communities receive comprehensive vision care during their formative years, and I will become IRS certified to provide free tax preparation services to protect money owed to working families by the Earned Income Tax Credit and their tax refund.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? I owe the opportunity to both apply and receive this scholarship to the tremendous community of faculty, both athletic and academic, and students at Washington and Lee. The academic faculty was crucial in cultivating the direction of my passions post-graduation, both for medical school and my year of service, and the athletic department was incredibly supportive throughout my four years, ensuring both myself and my teammates had the resources necessary to perform at our best ability.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was an incredible opportunity to not only obtain funds to support my graduate studies, but also a great way to culminate my four years of involvement in NCAA athletics.

Post-graduation Plans: Following completion of my year of service with AmeriCorps, I will attend medical school with the intention of serving pediatric patients in a rural or underserved area.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? This scholarship will provide the economic support to allow me to focus on success within my academic and research work, along with the service and public health work that I will continue within the community as a medical student.

Extracurricular Involvement:

Co-captain of the women’s golf team;
Member of Chi Omega Fraternity for Women & chapter philanthropy chair;
Tour guide with the Washington and Lee University Ambassadors
Work-Study Student at the Office of Admissions and WLUR Radio Station
Volunteer with the Rockbridge County YMCA Happy Hearts Afterschool Program

Research Experience:

I served as an undergraduate Research Assistant in the Cognition in Context Lab under the guidance of Dr. Wythe Whiting and Dr. Karla Murdoch of the Neuroscience and Psychology departments. As a laboratory, we investigated the intersection between technology use, sleep patterns, and attentional functioning among adolescents and parents.

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