Susanna Hall, a recent graduate of East Georgia State College (EGSC), was awarded the Mercer University School of Medicine Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who are committed to practice medicine in medically underserved rural areas of Georgia. Recipients of the scholarship will be named Nathan Deal Scholars. These scholars will receive financial assistance and leadership training to successfully meet the health care needs of rural Georgia.
Hall, the daughter of Keith and Jeanne Hall, chose EGSC after graduating from Thomas Jefferson Academy in 2017. She entered the bachelor’s degree program at EGSC because she liked the smaller atmosphere. She graduated in May with her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Earlier this year, she was accepted into medical school at Mercer University.
“I was sitting downstairs in my usual study area studying Biochemistry, of course, when I got the call that I had been accepted,” said Hall. “I was so excited that I could have ran laps around campus. In that moment, I knew that all the long nights and early mornings of studying and the challenges I had been met with so far were worth it. My dream is coming true—I am going to be a doctor.”
To help pay for her college, Hall decided to apply for the Mercer University School of Medicine Physicians for Rural Georgia Scholarship. To apply, students must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in the four-year M.D. program at MUSM and be a Georgia resident with strong ties to rural Georgia. The scholarship covers 85% to 100% MUSM tuition for a maximum of four academic years. She sent in her written application in February and participated in a Zoom virtual interview with the Physicians for Rural Georgia Committee in March.
“As a student, the financial aspect of college weighs heavy in deciding to pursue further education. Fortunately, through the Correll Scholarship and affordability of EGSC, I was able to graduate this past May with no debt. None! As I begin medical school as a Nathan Deal Scholar, it is nice to know that most of my schooling will be paid for. I truly believe that where God guides, He provides-- whether it’s with finances, friends, or hope,” said Hall.
Hall said she wanted to pursue this scholarship because of her strong ties to South Georgia and her dream of coming back to the area of Swainsboro to open her own pediatric and internal medicine practice.
“When Pete and Ada Lee Correll created the Correll Scholars Program at East Georgia State College, they envisioned talented students from this region having an opportunity to earn a college degree while learning about the needs and opportunities of the region,” said Dr. Bob Boehmer, President of EGSC. “They envisioned that these students would engage in service while earning that college degree. Perhaps most importantly, they envisioned Correll Scholars ultimately choosing to make their homes in this great region and using their EGSC education and experience to improve lives in the region. Susanna Hall’s path from EGSC to Mercer Medical School and, in the future, back to this region to practice medicine demonstrates clearly the wisdom of Pete and Ada Lee Correll in establishing the Correll Scholars Program. East Georgia State College is deeply proud of all that Susanna Hall has already accomplished. We will all be watching with pride as she completes her medical degree and improves lives through the use of her unique abilities to meet the health care needs of our region of Georgia.”
While at EGSC, Hall was a Correll Scholar, the vice president for the Student Government Association, part of the STEM Club, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society (TriBeta) and the Book Club. She was awarded the Leadership Award for the Book Club, the Excellence in Chemistry Award and the George Marvin Baker Award for Excellence in Biological Science during EGSC’s Virtual Honors Night Celebration. Hall was also recognized by the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents and the Georgia General Assembly for receiving the Academic Recognition Day Award.
“The EGSC Biology Department and I are very proud of Susanna’s accomplishments,” said David Chevalier, Biology Chair at EGSC. “I realized that Susanna was an outstanding student while teaching her the first required Biology during the 2017 Summer. Susanna is not only a bright and dedicated student, but a very compassionate and empathetic human being. She possesses all the essential qualities to become an exceptional medical doctor. I am looking forward to her coming back and practicing in our rural region of Georgia.”
Susanna will begin classes at Mercer University August 10. EGSC would like to wish Susanna the best of luck as she continues her dream of becoming a doctor! Congratulations!