Gabby and Alyssa

Gabby Evans, KU Class of 2019

Gabby Evans, KU Class of 2019

Gabby received the Wesner Scholarship as a sophomore in Fall 2016. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. At KU she has played varsity soccer, worked as an ER technician and EMT, volunteered in a pediatric oncology unit, served as a peer mentor, participated on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, performed research in protein biochemistry, and served on KU’s Student Government Board and other student organizations. She will be entering the Physician’s Assistant Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2019.

Gabby’s comments about the scholarship:

“The Wesner Scholarship helped me pay for college and pursue my goals. It opened my eyes as to what it must have been like to lose a son like Josh at such a young age who was pursuing many of the same career goals as myself. It was an honor to meet Mrs. Wesner and to explain to her my career aspirations and show her that I am truly grateful for the scholarship in memory of her son. Meeting her and hearing from her about Joshua made the scholarship so much more meaningful.”

Alyssa Ryan, KU Class of 2019

Alyssa Ryan, KU Class of 2019

Alyssa received the Wesner Scholarship as a freshman in Fall 2015. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. She has played varsity soccer at KU for four years and served as team captain during her junior and senior years. Alyssa has spent hundreds of hours shadowing physicians in the emergency and OBGYN departments at Abington Hospital and also volunteers in the pediatric oncology unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital and with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also assists with research on protein biochemistry, serves on KU’s Student Government Board and other student organizations, and works as a mentor and peer tutor. Alyssa will be entering the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program at Philadephia College of Osteopathic Medicine in August 2019.

Alyssa’s comments about the scholarship:

“The Wesner Scholarship gave me freedom to focus more on my studies and inspired me to work my hardest in pursuit of a career in medicine. Joshua’s story and the devotion of his family made me want to be a physician even more. As I start medical school next year, I will always remember how the Wesner Scholarship impacted me and my career, and I will always be incredibly thankful.”