A pre-med student with a heart for missions is the first recipient of the Martha Myers Memorial Scholarship at Samford University.

Jason Skelley, a junior biology major from Jacksonville, Fla., spent January working doctors in Cameroon, Africa, in a medical missions effort sponsored by Bread for Life.

"In our short time there, we treated over 1,000 people, and over 1,200 gave their lives to Christ through the medical outreach and nightly crusades," said Skelley, who hopes to return to Cameroon with Bread for Life in January, 2007.

"I believe that God has called us to fight for the oppressed and forgotten people in this world, pursuing them out of love just as He pursued us," said Skelley, a church ministry and missions minor at Samford.

"There is so much we can change if we just invest our time and efforts into it."

The Myers scholarship honors the late Baptist medical missionary whose decades of service in Yemen ended violently in late 2002. Dr. Myers, an Alabama native and 1967 Samford graduate, was murdered when a gunman attacked the Baptist hospital in Jibla, Yemen.

The scholarship was established to be awarded to pre-med students who express a calling to medical missions.

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About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.