GREENVILLE — Mia Marshall of Elizabethtown is one of three Brody Scholars at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for the class of 2017. She began medical school this month.
Brody Scholars receive four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity to design their own summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad.
Marshall is a May graduate of East Carolina University and a 2009 graduate of East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown. She is the daughter of Angela Marshall and Darrell Marshall.
“The feeling I felt when I received the Brody scholarship was a combination of honor and elatedness,” Marshall said. “Being a Brody scholar means exceling in the three pillars of academics, leadership and service. It consists of acknowledging your passion for the community and being proud of wanting to be a part of something larger than yourself.”
Marshall said she wants to help plan health fairs and educate young people about healthy eating during her four years of study. She hopes to pursue medical residency training in pediatrics after completing medical school.
“Many cannot say that they are living their dream and truly doing what they love to do,” she said. “I am so appreciative to be able to say that I am accomplishing mine. I have always wanted to be a physician, and medical school is one step closer to becoming the person I’ve always known I will be.”
In its 30th year, the Brody Scholars program honors J. S. “Sammy” Brody. He and his brother, Leo, were among the earliest supporters of medical education in eastern North Carolina. The legacy continues through the dedicated efforts of Hyman Brody of Greenville and David Brody of Kinston. Subsequent gifts from the Brody family have enabled the medical school to educate new physicians, conduct important research and improve health care in eastern North Carolina.
Since the program began in 1983, 125 students have received scholarships. Most scholars stay and practice in North Carolina.