Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, a third-year medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, has been awarded one of this year’s Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The $5,000 scholarship recognizes exemplary students whose work and dedication helps address inequities in medical education and health care.
"Ms. Ogbu-Nwobodo is an amazing individual,” said Darin Latimore, associate dean for student and resident diversity. “She has been an outstanding student and school leader, and someone who has made a commitment to help increase diversity and opportunity at UC Davis and beyond. She reflects the university’s deep commitment to both academic excellence and social responsibility. And like all of our students, she is a future leader in transforming health care to improve access and quality of care for all.”
A native of Nigeria, Ogbu-Nwobodo came to the U.S. at age 11, where she lived with an adoptive family in Oakland until she fled what had become an abusive home environment after high school. She graduated from California State University, East Bay, and then began volunteering at Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital primarily serving Oakland’s uninsured patients.
At the School of Medicine, Ogbu-Nwobodo has served as co-director of the Imani Clinic, a community clinic serving the largely African-American and Latino populations of the Oak Park neighborhood. Her clinic work led to being honored with a UC Davis Chancellor’s Graduate Student Award for “substantive and positive community impact.” She has been co-president of the Student National Medical Association, as well as founder and president of the UC Davis Neurosurgery Group.
In addition, Ogbu-Nwobodo was recognized earlier this year for academic excellence and achievement with one of the 2015 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, an $80,000 award that is considered to be the premiere graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants.