WCUCOM Student Receives Humanitarian Scholarship

Hattiesburg, Miss., December 17, 2013 - William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) student Ryan Hagenson of Purvis recently received The Lois S. McKenzie Humanitarian Restricted Scholarship. Chosen by the dean of the WCUCOM, Dr. Jim Turner, the scholarship is awarded to a top second-year WCUCOM student from South Mississippi who shows an interest in practicing medicine in Mississippi and working with the elderly. The scholarship was established by Lois S. McKenzie's son, Joel McKenzie of Foxworth.

"Having been selected by Dr. Turner, I am honored to be chosen to receive The Lois S. McKenzie Scholarship," Hagenson said. "As a second-year medical student in the top 50 percent of my class, I am also humbled and very appreciative of this generous donation toward helping student physicians achieve their dream of one day becoming practicing physicians."

Hagenson is an active member of the WCUCOM International and Medical Missions organization, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. In the community, he is a member of Oak Grove Methodist Church, where he serves on their Missions Committee and mentors college students. Hagenson is also active with Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International, headquartered in Hattiesburg, and has traveled with and supported this organization in providing construction assistance and medical care in Nicaragua and Honduras.

Mr. McKenzie presented the scholarship to Hagenson on December 12. The date was chosen in honor of Lois McKenzie's 90th birthday, which is December 14, and the scholarship will be awarded on or near the 14th each year. Hagenson is the second WCUCOM student to receive the McKenzie Scholarship.


(second to left) Joel McKenzie presents The Lois S. McKenzie Humanitarian Restricted Scholarship to (center) Ryan Hagenson, a second-year William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) student from Purvis, on December 12. Pictured with Mr. McKenzie and Hagenson are (left) Dr. Tommy King, president of WCU, (right) Dr. Jim Turner, dean of the WCUCOM, and Dr. Scott Hummel, provost of WCU.