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SLU Medical Laboratory Science Senior Earns Multiple National Scholarships

Saint Louis University (SLU) Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) senior Kelly Gambino was recently named the recipient of two different national medical laboratory science scholarships: The Laboratory Student Scholarship from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the Michelle Kanuth Memorial Scholarship from the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).

Kelly Gambino
SLU Medical Laboratory Science Student Kelly Gambino recently earned two national medical laboratory science scholarships.

The ASCP Laboratory Student Scholarships are awarded to academically high-achieving laboratory students. The ASCP has over 100,00 members and works to unite pathologists, medical laboratory professionals, residents, fellows and students to help advance laboratory medicine. Through laboratory student scholarships and other grants and awards, the ASCP intends to give out over $500,000 in awards this year.

The ASCLS Michelle Kanuth Memorial Scholarship is a part of the Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity and ASCLS Education & Research Fund. The Alpha Mu Tau Fraternity is a national laboratory fraternity whose purpose is the advancement of professionals in the clinical laboratory sciences. Gambino was announced as the recipient of this award at the ASCLS Annual Meeting in June.

Gambino was thrilled to learn that she had been named the recipient of both the ASCP and ASCLS scholarships.

“When I received word that I was awarded both scholarships, I was quite surprised and of course very excited. Getting one scholarship is a huge honor and to get both is an even bigger honor,” Gambino said. “These are two important professional societies that I have been a part of for two years now and I have hopes to gain leadership opportunities through them as I become a professional. Receiving both of these scholarships is very special to me.”

While she was only able to attend the ASCLS annual meeting virtually, she appreciated being recognized in front of peers and professionals.

“It was exciting to have my name called out in front of everyone. It made me feel like my hard work was being recognized,” Gambino said. “It was a great feeling and I was very excited about the accomplishment.”

SLU MLS Program Director Amanda Reed, MAE, MLS(ASCP)CM, was very proud of Gambino’s awards, and explained that she believes her future is very bright.

“Kelly’s accomplishments are a testament to her drive, intelligence, kindness and passion. Her academic prowess and substantial work ethic help her succeed in whatever she chooses to do,” Reed said. “She has a natural ability to teach, to communicate her passion for the MLS profession and to advocate for herself and others - that will greatly serve her and the MLS profession. She is a powerhouse and I believe that she will go on to accomplish great things.”

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 more than 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.