Kim Martino Scholarship
Kim O’Bryant Martino: A Legacy Remembered
The Kim Martino Minority Scholarship Fund was established by the Association of Black Health Professionals, now known as SHPURD, (Student Health Professionals United in Recognizing Diversity), to honor the memory of Kim O’Bryant Martino, a beloved College of Health Professions Physical Therapy student from the May 2003 Class. This loving tribute captures the vital spirit of a young woman who inspired all those around her in roles as mother, student, friend and confidant. Her life of generosity and dedication to her church, community, and profession is fondly remembered today.
Kim was a graduate of the High School of Charleston, the current site of the MUSC College of Health Professions. She attended the College of Charleston where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Not only was Kim a full-time physical therapy student at MUSC College of Health Professions during her untimely death in 2003, she was a mother and confidant to her classmates.
Criteria for the Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to an incoming, full-time, under-represented minority student as defined by the College each year (African American, Hispanic, American Indian). Two $2,500 awards are given annually, one to a student entering a Summer Start program: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Physician Assistant Studies; and one to a student entering a Fall Start program: Anesthesia for Nurses, Cardiovascular Perfusion, Health Administration, or Health and Rehabilitation Science. Recipients are nominated by a faculty member or division director from each academic program and are selected based on their strong academic performance, leadership, and community service.
Ms. Skylar Stewart-Clark
Physician Assistant Studies, Class of 2015
Ms. Stewart-Clark received her undergraduate degree and her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech University. She is currently a second year student in the Physician Assistant Studies Program and finished her didactic year with an impressive 3.87 GPA. Skylar is active in the community and also a CHP Student Ambassador. She succeeds at all of this, while raising her two boys, ages 5 and 7.
Ms. Elizabeth Walker
PhD in Health and Rehabiliation Science, Class of 2017
Ms. Walker is deeply committed to research and has demonstrated an interest in the area of health disparities. She is active in community volunteering. She is dedicated to improving the lives of people from vulnerable populations.
Ms. Michelle Feggans
Doctorate of Physical Therapy Class of 2016
Ms. Feggans graduated in May 2013 from the University of South Carolina. In addition to strong performances in her science courses, she took and excelled in music courses as well. She was also on the President’s List and Dean’s List and a receipient of the 4.0 Celebration of Excellence Award and a Life Scholarship recipient. Her leadership ability was demonstrated through her experiential education, work experience, and professional association activity. She has conducted exercise and fall prevention programs for older adults, weight management programs for children and served as the secretary for the International Music Fraternity at USC. She has served her community through multiple efforts by participation in the Making Music Festival, Girl Scouts, Relay for Life, and Toys for Tots, to name a few. Ms. Feggan was nominated by the PT department due to her well rounded background that exemplifies the qualities they desired to be recognized through the Kim Martino Scholarship.
Ms. Teletha Ruth, RN, BSN
Anesthesia for Nurses Program Class of 2015
As a Registered Nurse, Ms. Ruth has worked taking care of critical patients in two very different communities. She worked at a large teaching hospital, Richland Palmetto Health, and at a community hospital designated Medically Underserved Area, Colleton Medical Center in Waterboro, SC. She worked as the Charge Nurse managing the unit and also served as a preceptor for new nurses and for nursing students. Ms. Ruth has been involved in her community through service with the Healthy Heart Initiative at Huspah Baptist Church, serving on a committee at Colleton Medical Center that raised funds for the American Heart Association, and being active with the Local Girl Scout Troop in Colleton. Ms. Ruth was nominated by the AFN department as her background best represents all the qualities that would capture what Kim Martino would be looking for in a fellow colleague: her passion for her profession and inspiring others, leading through change and promoting positive change.