Media Release
December 13, 2021
Contact: Sophie Martin
205-220-6816
27 Medical Students Selected to Receive Medical School Scholarships from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, AL – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has selected 27 medical students from four medical schools in Alabama to receive scholarships. As a condition of these scholarships, the recipients agree to practice as primary care or behavioral health physicians in underserved areas of Alabama after graduation.

“I commend each of these students for being selected for this special scholarship,” said Tim Vines, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. “We are truly grateful for their willingness to serve and provide quality healthcare to those who live in many of the underserved area in our state.”

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Edward Via College of Medicine (VCOM, Auburn)
  • Alexandra Korshun; Cleveland, TN
  • Caitlin St Blanc; Franklin, LA
  • Crystal Smith; Gallion, AL
  • Danielle Elmore; Gurley, AL
  • James Wisdom; Newton, AL
  • Jessen Highfield; Centre, AL
  • Rachel Snider; Anniston, AL
  • Rebekah Kurtaneck; Buena Park, CA
  • Wesley Hostetler; Atmore, AL

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB, Birmingham)
  • Alesha Amerson; Phenix City, AL
  • Fabian Berru; Sanford, FL
  • Magdalene Blevins; Harvest, AL
  • Emily Brown; Hamilton, AL
  • Ashlynn Clark; Rainbow City, AL
  • Chelsey Deloney Hadden; Gardendale, AL
  • Jayci Hamrick; Haleyville, AL
  • Mallory Jones; Luverne, AL
  • Bradford Lepik; Jasper, AL
  • Benjamin Nelson; Opp, AL
  • Aubriana Smith; Sheffield, AL
  • Christian Stone; Groveoak, AL
  • McKenzie Donald; Chatom, AL

University of South Alabama (USA, Mobile)
  • Emily Denison of; Pace, FL.

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM, Dothan)
  • Princess Duerte; Manila, Phillippines
  • Tyler Millo; Greenville, AL
  • Jessica McLean; Dothan, AL
  • Grace Thole; Medfield, MA


The majority of Alabama’s counties do not have enough primary care and behavioral health physicians. To address this statewide need, Blue Cross continues to invest in the future of its Primary Care Physician Network by providing scholarship opportunities to VCOM, UAB, USA and ACOM.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has insured Alabamians for over 84 years. Blue Cross offers coverage plans to corporations, individuals and the senior market. For more information about Blue Cross, visit AlabamaBlue.com. Connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more up-to-date information.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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