Now Open: 2019 Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship

Oct 22, 2018 Written by FIRST Scholarship Provider: the Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship Fund


In 2012, the Dr. Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship was established, in memory of long tenured and passionate FIRST supporter, distinguished pediatric oncologist, cancer pharmacologist and devoted family man, Bart Kamen. 

Dr. Bart Kamen was known by his colleagues as a brilliant scholar, compassionate physician, dedicated mentor and gentle man whose unfettered enthusiasm for learning, teaching, talking science and challenging the mainstay with his out of the box thinking for betterment of care was unmatched. Dr. Kamen truly loved being a physician and pediatrics. He nobly balanced the art and science of medicine and patient care, and had a very special relationship with his patients and their families. Dr. Kamen was one of those magical doctors who could completely engage and comfort an ill child with a three-minute fun game, while simultaneously completing a thorough neurological exam. While extending his signature great care to his patients, Dr. Kamen also conducted leading edge research for more than three decades around folate biochemistry and anti-folate pharmacology with the goal of reducing the negative side effects of effective cancer fighting drugs. Dr. Kamen's clinical and research interests were driven by the overarching goal of "translational research"-- taking best science to bedside.

The Bart Kamen Memorial FIRST Scholarship Fund provides funding to undergraduate students pursuing biomedical engineering or pre-medical degrees. The Fund supports the vision of FIRST to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders. By selecting students who have excelled in a FIRST program, the Fund seeks to honor the legacy of Dr. Bart Kamen by providing renewable monetary grants to undergraduate students who have, through their participation in FIRST programs, demonstrated the potential to develop Dr. Kamen’s brilliance at, and extraordinary passion for, improving the lives of patients.

Think you have what it takes to become a Dr. Bart Kamen Scholar? Complete your application before February 1st.

 You can learn more about the Scholarship and Dr. Kamen here

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Question: my daughter plans to study veterinarian medicine or animal sciences with the goal of attending Veterinarian School, does this field of study qualify for this award?

thank you,

Jackie

Hi Jackie - The stipulations for this scholarship are that a student pursue "Biomedical Engineering or Premedical Studies or a program that allows students to pursue a chosen major while simultaneously completing a subset of medical school prep courses (e.g. biology, physics, chemistry and organic chemistry, so that the student will be qualified for admission to medical school upon graduation)" if that sounds like your daughter's path - she should apply!

I long for a chance to help people who are in dire need of medicine.  I also just want to be able to receive a full education.

Hi Oluwatishe - The stipulations for this scholarship are that an applicant must pursue "Biomedical Engineering or Premedical Studies or a program that allows students to pursue a chosen major while simultaneously completing a subset of medical school prep courses (e.g. biology, physics, chemistry and organic chemistry, so that the student will be qualified for admission to medical school upon graduation)" if that sounds like your path - you should apply!

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