Bailey Sanderson, a second-year student in the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program, has earned the 2019 Scholarship of Excellence from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP).
Sanderson is one of only 12 students chosen from across the country for this scholarship, which recognizes outstanding students in the allied health professions who are achieving excellence in their academic programs and have significant potential to assume future leadership roles within the allied health professions.
Allied Health professionals are involved with the delivery of health or related services pertaining to the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management, among others.
“We are incredibly proud of Bailey!” stated Ashley Mills, program director of MSGC. “She is a wonderfully accomplished, creative, and deeply caring individual who will continue to represent the MSGC program and profession well through service and advocacy.”
Sanderson obtained a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Veterinarian/Animal Science with an emphasis in Genetics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She continued her studies at DePaul University for a master’s degree in Molecular Biology before applying to KGI’s MSGC program.
Sanderson plans to use the ASAHP Scholarship of Excellence to continue working toward helping underprivileged Americans who lack access to vital healthcare services.
“As a genetic counselor, I would like to continue the advancement of the profession to make sure that genetic counseling and genetic testing are accessible to everyone,” said Sanderson.
“I plan to continue my advocacy and work directly in patient care with communities who historically do not have access to genetic counseling services.”
Sanderson chose KGI’s MSGC program because of its progressive nature and outstanding faculty and staff.
“I have had access to various genetic counseling avenues that will be available after graduation,” stated Sanderson. “It has really opened my eyes to the many opportunities that exist with a genetic counseling degree.”