The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science named Akshitha Sreeram a recent recipient of a Bako Medical Education Foundation Endowed Merit Scholarship.

The Bako Medical Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to advance diagnostic excellence in the field of podiatry, created the scholarship through a grant of up to $100,000, to be paid over four years, subject to certain conditions. The scholarship provides annual recognition and financial assistance to top accepted and/or enrolled Scholl College students.

Sreeram, a member of the Scholl College Class of 2021, has been making her way through clinical externships.

“Receiving this scholarship for the coming academic year has been a wonderful help,” Sreeram said. “I was first introduced to the field of podiatric medicine when I started shadowing different clinicians in college. I was inspired by this field that integrated surgery, trauma, sports medicine and limb salvage.”

Sreeram serves as a school ambassador, served as liaison to prospective students and received the Diamond Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes students who perform more than 100 volunteer hours.

“After residency, I hope to do a fellowship in reconstructive surgery or trauma,” she said. “Then I would like to work side by side with a residency to train the next generation of podiatric surgeons.”

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