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SLU Medical Laboratory Science Program Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Saint Louis University (SLU) Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program recently announced juniors Taylor Hartfield and Kate Simokaitis and seniors Matthew Lloyd and Annie Ryan as this year’s recipients of the Sr. Mary Dolorosa Pope/Anna Warren Oller Scholarship. The scholarship is open to juniors and seniors in the MLS program and awards $5,000 of financial aid to each of the recipients.

The Sr. Mary Dolorosa Pope/Anna Warren Oller Scholarship was instituted in the memory of two individuals instrumental to developing the former Biomedical Laboratory Science (BLS) department (now housed in the Clinical Health Sciences department). Sr. Mary Pope was the first chairperson of the BLS department and Anna Warren Oller was a highly revered former faculty member who passed away suddenly in the prime of her career.

Knowing that smaller programs do not always get the same attention as larger programs, Lloyd was very grateful that the donors made this gift a reality.

“My interest in disease states and the human body inspired by to pursue a degree in laboratory science, so it was fantastic knowing that there was a scholarship offered specifically for our program,” Lloyd said.

SLU MLS Program Director Amanda Reed, MAE, MLS(ASCP) CM, was happy for each of the students and believed they were each great representatives of the program.

"I am very proud of these four outstanding MLS students. Annie, Kate, Matt and Taylor embody the characteristics that made Sister Mary Dolorosa Pope and Anna Warren Oller so beloved by the Medical Laboratory Science Community,” Reed said. “I know that they will continue to demonstrate those characteristics and promote the profession once they leave SLU and begin their professional careers."

Learn more about SLU’s MLS Program

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.