Published on March 4, 2010  

Senior Biology major Ashley Spann was recently selected as a recipient of the 2010 United Negro College Fund-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship. The prestigious award includes a $25,000 scholarship, two UNCF/Merck summer internships and a mentorship by a Merck scientist. Ashley credits biology professor Dr. Betsy Dobbins for encouraging her to apply for the scholarship, and all of her professors for preparing her to win the award.

"Samford and my many thoughtful and considerate professors have prepared me well for the future I intend to pursue," Ashley said. "With this award, my dreams and aspirations are even closer within my reach."

After graduation, Ashley plans to pursue an MD/PhD degree and become a physician scientist.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.