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Phi Eta Sigma Leader Wins National Scholarship

Averi Wilson

July 2013

With a double major in chemistry and biology and a minor in psychology, St. Ambrose senior Averi Wilson hopes to enroll in medical school after graduation.

Having served a prestigious summer internship at the Perinatal Research Center at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo., Wilson has a potential head start on her desired career in obstetrics.

Those kinds of ambitions and accomplishments are among the criteria the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society considers when selecting scholarship winners from across the country. Wilson's active agenda as 2012-13 president of the SAU Phi Eta Sigma chapter also helped her develop a winning application.

Wilson was one of 35 national undergraduate winners of a $6,000 scholarship awarded in the spring by the national Phi Eta Sigma organization.

As president of the SAU chapter, Wilson led the group's efforts to assist King's Harvest Ministries in its work for the homeless in Davenport. Efforts included donating food and litter to the King's Harvest pet shelter program and working monthly shifts at the Saturday morning breakfasts for the poor. The chapter also raised $400 to contribute to the shelter.

As assistant director of the SAU Dance Marathon this year, she hopes to help exceed the $40,000 raised in 2012-13 for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. "I'm very excited to take on the challenge," she said.

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