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Cross country runner receives scholarship to help with med-school

Published: Monday, February 3, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 19:02


Courtesy of Devin Reed

Devin Reed was selected this year’s recipient of the Stroud Scholarship. Reed is an Honors student and has plans to attend medical school after he graduates this year. Reed also runs cross-country and is a Springdale native.

Students don’t have to be high school seniors to be eligible for scholarships as senior biology major Devin Reed has discovered.

The cross-country runner, originally of Springdale, has received the first Craighead County Community Foundation’s $10,000 Stroud Scholarship for students entering graduate medical school.

“It’s very rare for scholarships to come by for pre-med folks,” Reed said. “It’s a large amount of money. I’m very thankful for it.”

The recently endowed scholarship is named in memoriam of establishing donors Paul and Alma Stroud.  
“We are very excited to have such an outstanding student, Devin Reed, to be the first recipient of this $10,000 Stroud Scholarship,” said Barbara Weinstock, executive director of the Craighead County Community Foundation.

The Stroud Scholarship will go towards Reed’s education at a medical school of his choice. He has already been accepted into the programs of two institutions and is still considering 12 others across the country.

“I don’t know where I’m going to go yet but the scholarship will go to that school as part of my tuition,” Reed said.

Due to the nature of the application process, Reed may not be able to make his final school selection until May.

He plans to spend the next four years in medical school and complete a residency before becoming a licensed heart surgeon.

“I’d like to get into the field of interventional cardiac surgery,” Reed said.

The decision to enter medical school was less of an “aha moment” and more of a gradual decision, Reed said.

“There are a lot of options out there. The more I see, the more I realize there is to learn,” he said.

In addition to maintaining honors student status and a 4.0 GPA, Reed participated in the Student Government Association, the Honors College Association and has been an active member of the cross-country running team.

Reed helped propel the team to a fourth place finish in the November Sunbelt Conference meet and was chosen as the fall 2013 A-State student athlete of the year.

Reed has also previously received the University Honors Scholarship, the Arkansas Challenge Scholarship and the Arkansas Governor’s Scholarship.

While the $10,000 Stroud grant may not sponsor Reed through an entire semester of medical school, he is still thankful for the financial help.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” Reed said. “We’ll see where this goes.”

“We hope that future (Stroud Scholarship) applicants who are pre-med juniors or seniors at Arkansas State have the excellent qualifications that Devin has,” Weinstock said.

 Weinstock said the Craighead County Community Foundation has over ninety endowments, funds or scholarships totaling $5,200,000. Since the foundation’s inception in 2001, donors associated with the Community Foundation have awarded 454 grants totaling $179,000.

“We really want to help promote the scholarships in the future,” said Susan Christian, vice president of marketing for CCCF.

Students can access information and applications for CCCF scholarships at Several scholarships, like the Paul and Alma Stroud Scholarship, are available specifically for ASU students. These include scholarships for students of criminology, chemistry, nursing and communication disorders

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