Ashley Dinh recognized as KU Urban Scholar

Jan 11, 2024
Ashley Dinh (Courtesy photo)

Several Newman Jets have been recognized by The University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUSM) as part of its Urban Scholars program, which ensures guaranteed admittance to KUSM after graduating from the student’s undergraduate institution. The most recent Newman student to be accepted into the program is Ashley Dinh (‘24), a Wichita native majoring in biology with a pre-concentration in pre-medicine.

“I was so relieved and ecstatic when I found I earned a spot in the Urban Scholars program,” Dinh said. “I hope to begin my studies at KU Med in July 2024.”

To be considered in the Scholars of Urban Health program, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, a minimum overall MCAT (the medical school entrance exam) score of 500 and a multitude of shadowing hours, amongst other prerequisites that KUSM requires.

Dinh is no stranger to being the recipient of noteworthy awards, as she received the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) Service Award Scholarship from Newman when she was a freshman.

Dinh in Chicago (Courtesy photo)

Dinh isn’t only locked into her academics, but also supports many clubs around campus through her participation in Newman University’s Circle K International Club, Asian Student Association, Medical Professions Club, Multicultural Leadership Organization, Chemistry Club, Environmental Committee and the Newman Honors Program.

With everything Dinh has experienced as a Newman student, she says she feels prepared for what lies ahead.

“My time at Newman has been challenging, yet rewarding,” Dinh said. “Beyond acquiring knowledge in STEM, the crucial lessons learned revolve around effective study techniques and problem-solving skills, shaping a well-rounded educational experience.”

The Jet-turning-Jayhawk says she dreams of being an anesthesiologist.

“Faith, family and service are all factors that have led to my decision to enter the medical field,” Dinh said.

“Catholicism preaches the idea of service above self. However, practicing that principle is the only true way to embody it. As a devout Catholic, I strive to make a positive impact on those around me. Pursuing medicine will allow me to combine my faith and commitment to service with an intellectually rewarding career that will constantly challenge me to be better.”

Dinh joins Angelica Rodriguez and Tiffany Huynh as the latest of Newman’s Urban Health Scholar recipients.

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