Ifeoluwa Adelugba has been accepted to medical school, and she’s only 17 years old.
Through a special partnership between Shenendehowa High School, Siena College, and Albany Medical College launched last year, Adelugba, daughter of Dare and Sade Adelugba of Clifton Park, has been named Shen’s first ShenNext Medicine Scholar.
The “ShenNext Medicine Scholar” initiative allows students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine to be accepted, upon graduation from Shen, to Siena and Albany Medical College’s combined eight-year medical program.
This unique opportunity guarantees a student acceptance into Albany Medical College. As a part of Albany Medical Center, the college houses a biomedical research center and the region’s largest practice of over 400 doctors.
While most high school juniors are only just now beginning to consider what their next step will be after graduation, Adelugba has been accepted a year earlier than usual to both a four-year program and med school.
The Siena College/Albany Med Program is very selective, drawing about 460 applications for only 15 spots every year.
Shen school officials believe this early college acceptance program to be one of the first of its kind in the country. It also grants Adelugba a $20,000 per year scholarship for the four years spent at Siena College, more than half of the yearly cost of tuition.
In order to be allowed to apply for this opportunity, Adelugba first had to be in the top 10 percent of her class during sophomore year.
Of those that applied, only four were accepted as finalists. The finalists were then judged by a panel that included current students of the eight-year medical program, as well as some Shen and Albany Med officials. Academic standing, leadership, communication skills, and a commitment to community service were among the qualities considered during the selection process.
Albany and Shen officials collaborated to create the ShenNext Scholar initiative as a part of Shen’s ongoing effort to offer more opportunities for its students to excel after high school. As young leaders and future physicians, the Siena/Albany Med students will focus much of their first four years on the study of humanities and ethics.
The four finalists who will compete to become the 2015 ShenNext Medicine Scholar were also announced. All four are currently sophomores at Shen who have shown outstanding academic capability. Their names are: Carly Domicolo, daughter of Anthony and Danielle Domicolo of Clifton Park;
Kimberly O’Reilly, daughter of William and Irene O’Reilly of Ballston Lake;
Sophia Phillips, daughter of Christopher and Carole Phillips of Waterford;
Emma Smith, daughter of Mark and Kim Smith of Clifton Park.