Middleton scholar is dedicated to paying it forward
When Kethelyne Beauvais learned she received the Dorothy Middleton Memorial Scholarship at EVMS, she was working at her job in a physician’s office. “I was so excited that he gave me the day off,” she says.
Now a first-year medical student, Ms. Beauvais is grateful that EVMS’ only full-tuition MD scholarship means she can work toward her dream of being a family-medicine physician without incurring overwhelming debt.
“It’s more than financial aid,” she says. “I think it’s a legacy of paying it forward because I, too, want to give back to the community one day and help others fulfill their dreams even when they face adversity. Finances can make or break whether someone can attend medical school.”
Born in Haiti, Ms. Beauvais grew up in Northern Virginia and received a full scholarship to Randolph-Macon College, where she earned dual degrees in biology and French. While an undergraduate, she returned to Haiti to do volunteer work. “When I was volunteering at the free clinic,” she remembers, “I noticed the powerful impact that doctors have, not just on health but in the community.”
EVMS was a good fit for her, she says, because of its focus on community service. “As physicians, we have to be part of the community and understand people’s needs and struggles, and I really appreciate that about EVMS.”
Becoming a physician combined both of her passions: helping people and learning about the biology of the human body. But it’s a career she might not have been able to pursue without a scholarship.
The Middleton Scholarship, first awarded in 2011, is funded by an endowment bequeathed by the late Dorothy M. Middleton of Norfolk. It is EVMS’ only full in-state tuition scholarship and is awarded annually to one EVMS medical student from Virginia, based on academic excellence and financial need.
“It’s people like Dorothy Middleton who’ve helped me get one step closer to fulfilling my dreams,” Ms. Beauvais says. “Although I’ve worked hard, there are certain things that are not attainable without a little bit of help from those who came before us. I’m so thankful for that. I hope to continue Mrs. Middleton’s legacy and do her proud by giving back to my community.”