Women for ATSU 2019-2020 Scholars

We congratulate the 2020 Scholars and celebrate their achievements!!!

♦ Arizona School of Health Sciences ~ ASHS

Jennifer Boakye | Audiology (2022)

Hello everyone, first and foremost I would like to express my sincere gratitude for being selected as one of the recipients for this year’s Women for ATSU scholarship. It is with great honor to know that I am part of such a wonderful legacy of talented students that came before me and professionals. I am a second year audiology student at A.T. Still University-Mesa Campus and I hope to become a pediatric audiologist upon completion. My main passions besides working with the pediatric population are my faith, family, advocacy, working with low-income communities, and when I have the time, going to the gym.

I want to leave a positive impact on every patient I serve in the future and with immense support from organizations such as Women for ATSU, faculty, and the ATSU community as whole, I know this will be a reality.

Jennifer Boakye, MBA
Student Doctor of Audiology


♦ Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health ~ ASDOH

Ryan Abdelrahim (2021)

Ryan Abdelrahim is currently a third-year dental student at ASDOH. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from The University of Texas at Arlington. She has always committed herself to provide care to underprivileged communities. During her undergraduate career, she went on an eye-opening trip to Honduras that confirmed her career goals of becoming a dentist. She shadowed and volunteered her time at various dental clinics and events while obtaining her undergraduate degree. Once at ASDOH, she joined multiple organizations where she later became vice president of ASDOH’s Association of Women Dentists and secretary of the Special Care Dentistry Association. She had the opportunity to participate in a school-based sealant program and provide dental care at juvenile detention centers. She was also on the executive planning committee of one of the largest events that provided free dental care to children who otherwise have no access, Give Kids A Smile. She participates in the work-study program at ASDOH and babysits during her free time. She enjoys Arizona hikes, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is an aspiring pediatric dentist that continues to strive to fulfill her goal of giving back to her community one day!


♦ School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona – SOMA

Sara Brundage ( 2021 )

Currently a third-year student at SOMA, Sara Brundage holds a B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College, as well as an M.S. in Medical Sciences from Boston University. Although Sara worked frequently in the primary care setting prior to medical school, when she discovered the impact culturally responsive care could have through her work at Boston Medical Center’s bWell Center and as the Chair of the Dartmouth North Country Weekend Program, she knew she found her calling – serving medically underserved children and their families.

As the recipient of the 2017 ATSU 125th Anniversary Community Service Project Grant, she coordinated a research project to assess the pediatric obesity prevention curriculum of Nutrition and Health Awareness (NHA) program, a student-run non-profit. Today, Sara serves as the Vice President of NHA and supervises, develops, and implements curriculum across multiple satellite sites. Her research through these initiatives has allowed Sara to present posters at various conferences during her time at SOMA and landed her a first-place win at the 2020 Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) Poster Competition.

Her work serving the underserved, in addition to her academic efforts, led her to win the 2019 Kaiser Permanente Oliver Goldsmith, M.D. Scholarship, as well as gain membership to the Sigma Sigma Phi Honors Society where she serves on the Executive Board. In her free time, Sara enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with friends and family.