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Scholar-Athlete Accepted into Rural Physicians Scholarship Program

by Web on October 24, 2016

Millsaps College senior Lee Ogletree chose Millsaps College for two solid reasons: He wanted to play baseball, and he desired a top-notch education that would prepare him for medical school.

The scholar-athlete, who plays catcher and first baseman, was recently selected as a recipient of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program was created in 2007 to give sophomores and juniors financial support with the help of academic enrichment and faculty and physician mentoring. Students undergo a two-year undergraduate or pre-matriculation "nurturing" phase. After that phase, the student can be admitted to the University of Mississippi School of Medicine or William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, provided medical school admissions requirements are met.

The programs requires recipients to attend two-day medical encounter programs throughout the year, create and present a community needs assessment for a rural community, present a tobacco prevention program to a rural elementary class, and spend a minimum of 40 hours per year with a rural physician mentor.

Ogletree, a Raymond native, said he is grateful for the opportunity to have an advantage in medicine before entering into medical school. He plans to eventually become a primary care physician and open his own practice in the future.

“This scholarship provides a stepping stone to my future career by not only preparing me for medical school, but also providing financial support along the way so that student loans are not such a burden when I am finally prepared to practice medicine,” he said.

Ogletree, who transferred to Millsaps from Hinds Community College, is a biology major and business administration minor and is expected to graduate in May 2017. He is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health honor society.

He has distinguished himself as a member of the baseball team in several ways. He was named second team All-SAA by the Southern Athletic Association last spring. During the 2016 season, he led the Majors in runs batted in and homeruns.

Millsaps alumni who have participated in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Program include Dr. John Russell McPherson, B.S. 2008; Moumita Biswas, B.S. 2011; Summer Bailey, B.S. 2012; Marlaina Berch, B.S. 2012; Aditya Sabharwal, B.S. 2012; Chelsea Rick, B.S. 2012; Jasmeet Kaur, B.S. 2013; Emily Brandon, B.A. 2015; Chelsie Wright, B.S. 2015; Hunter McLendon, B.S. 2015; and Kandice Bailey, B.S. 2016.