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Dr. Karl Stockhausen Memorial Scholarship

Empower Scholarship Fund

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Scholarship Overview

Dr. Karl Stockhausen wanted to spend his life in the service of healing others, especially in third world countries. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine, MD, from the American University of the Caribbean (AUC), and he twice joined surgical teams providing health care in Honduras. He also worked for three months in La Parroquia, Guatemala, assisting in free healthcare clinics for the indigenous community. As part of his medical training, Stockhausen completed a clinical rotation in infectious diseases in Mumbai, India, a surgical and OB/GYN rotation and a rotation in an HIV outpatient health clinic in London, UK, and several rotations in New York City. He showed a particular passion for learning about international health systems, and made it a personal goal to have a hand in improving global health care. He was 24 years old and in medical school when he was afflicted by Acute Multifocal Posterior Placoid Pigment Epitheliopathy (AMPPPE), a rare eye disease that left him with blind spots in both eyes. This condition qualified him for special provisions in medical school, such as unlimited time to take tests, but he refused to make use of the exceptional treatment. His condition did not deter him; he kept on in medical school despite the handicap. At age 26, he was diagnosed with cancer, but Karl finished and graduated medical school with honors while battling the cancer for two years without complaint. He had secured a prestigious Emergency Medicine residency at Einstein, Jacoby Medical Hospital in the Bronx, New York. Unfortunately, his cancer worsened and he was unable to begin his residency. The cancer took his life, but it did not diminish his indomitable spirit or will to be of service to others. Applicant must be enrolled at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Applicant must have successfully transferred or completed at least twenty-four (24) credit hours (may include January session).

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Average Award: $5,000
Awards Granted: 3
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