Five Naturopathic Medical Students Selected for First Annual Natural Health Scholars Program

Inaugural Scholars represent ‘an extraordinary sense of wisdom’

(PORTLAND, Ore.) --- In its commitment to promote excellence in naturopathic education and research, the Institute for Natural Medicine has selected five medical students for its first annual Natural Health Scholars Program The recipients, each of whom was awarded $800 for the 2003-04 academic year, were selected for their capacity to strengthen the leadership, creativity, excellence, and diversity of the naturopathic medical community.

The recipients of the inaugural award are Meka (Samm) Robinson, a third year student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona; Chad Aschtigen, a third year student at Bastyr University in Washington; Stephanie Draus, a fourth year student at National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Oregon; Neeru Kaushik, a third year student at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine in Connecticut; and Payan Kiani, a third year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario.

“Our inaugural Natural Health Scholars represent an extraordinary sense of wisdom and empowerment, symbols that have come to define the naturopathic medical profession,” stated David Schleich, Chair of the Board of the Institute for Natural Medicine. “They exemplify the qualities of future leaders of the profession, and we take significant pride in being able to recognize them in this unique way,” he concluded.

Founded in 1993, the Institute for Natural Medicine is a non-profit organization committed to the dissemination of credible information about natural medicine to consumers, businesses, health care professions, educational institutions, and governmental entities. Its Natural Health Scholars Program is made possible through a partnership with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the generous support of individual donors.

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