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February 2005

Release Date: February 15 , 2005

Sato to Receive New Pre-Medicine Scholarship

Angelo State University junior Audrey Sato will receive the newly created Dr. Charles Livingston Honorary Health Professions Scholarship during a reception on Friday, Feb. 18.

The scholarship is meant to fill a niche by helping established pre-medicine students with the cost of their education. Sato, Dr. Livingston and his family, and ASU faculty and students will gather from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, in the Dean of Sciences Conference Room. The room is in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer Ave.

Sato, who is from Amarillo, is part of the state's Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), which helps qualified but economically disadvantaged students pursue a medical education. She is one of the first two students from ASU to take part in the program, which was created in 2001 by the Legislature.

"She's probably the shining example of what all the JAMP people would like," said Dr. Alan Bloebaum, co-faculty director of the program at ASU and a professor of biology. "She certainly is deserving."

All qualified pre-medicine students can participate in the program their first year on campus and receive mentoring from a senior student, tutoring in biology and chemistry courses and other resources at the university. Best of all, if they are accepted into the program at the end of their freshman year, they receive financial aid, summer internships and are guaranteed a seat in a Texas medical school.

The $500 Livingston scholarship was created by JoAnna Livingston Fenton to honor her father's 80th birthday. Livingston retired from the Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center in San Angelo after a long career as a researcher.