Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, Drury partner to enhance pre-med scholarship programs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 24, 2015 — A generous new long-term financial commitment from Ferrell-Duncan Clinic will create three new programs supporting Drury University undergraduates seeking careers in the medical field.

The agreement strengthens the longtime connection between the clinic and the university, furthering both organizations’ mutual goal of enhancing the state of the healthcare industry in southwest Missouri. The deal is a win-win, bolstering Drury’s historically strong pre-med program while adding a valuable physician recruitment channel for the clinic.

The connections between Drury and Ferrell-Duncan run deep: Ferrell-Duncan co-founder Dr. Thomas Ferrell was a Drury alumnus; Dr. Loren Broaddus is a Life Trustee; and 10 Drury alumni currently serve as physicians at the clinic. The clinic is in partnership with CoxHealth, whose CEO Steve Edwards is a Drury alumnus and a current member of the Board of Trustees.

The five-year agreement provides a total of $30,000 annually for the following programs:

Loren Broaddus Medical Service Scholars – This initiative will build upon the Drury Health Services Corps (DHSC), which sends pre-med students to Jordan Valley Health Clinic for a structured volunteer experience. Drury will now expand that program and send students who have been through the first year of the DHSC to other medical facilities following their work at Jordan Valley. This is important because medical and other health professional schools value undergraduate volunteer experiences that focus on direct interactions with individuals seeking healthcare services.

Thomas Ferrell Medical Relief Travel Grants – These grants will provide funding for travel associated with participation in medical relief programs. Such efforts offer valuable opportunities for students to work with medical professionals providing healthcare to underserved populations. Students in these settings acquire professional experience in healthcare while gaining perspective with populations from varied socio-economic backgrounds.

Douglas Duncan Research Experience in the Natural Sciences (RENS) Fellowship – This program will provide summer funding for students in biomedical research under the direction of a member of the natural sciences faculty. Faculty members serve as mentors and advisors, and individual projects support the goals of a research program that is of scientific merit yet is appropriate for undergraduate students.

An additional portion of the agreement will place a practicing physician from Ferrell-Duncan Clinic in a fellowship position in Drury’s Department of Biology. The physician fellow will teach an annual course in clinical medicine, with lecture and clinical rotation experiences through Ferrell-Duncan, to third- and fourth-year pre-health sciences students.

Members of the Ferrell, Duncan and Broaddus families, along with leaders from CoxHealth, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Drury, gathered Thursday to celebrate the agreement.

Members of the Ferrell, Duncan and Broaddus families, along with leaders from CoxHealth, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and Drury, gathered Thursday to celebrate the agreement.

“CoxHealth and Ferrell-Duncan Clinic are honored to establish this scholarship plan with the faculty, staff and students of Drury University,” said Steve Edwards, CEO and President of CoxHealth. “This legacy scholarship is a key component as these three institutions work cooperatively to prepare future healthcare professionals who will one day add their skills and talents to the Springfield area medical community.”

“I am extremely grateful to Ferrell-Duncan Clinic and the CoxHealth Board of Directors for their support of our pre-health sciences programs,” said Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “This agreement elevates a historical relationship into a true partnership. Coming together as community leaders in healthcare education and delivery offers a multi-dimensional opportunity to expand resources and recruitment for both Ferrell-Duncan and Drury.”

About Drury’s Pre-Health Sciences Programs

Drury has an outstanding track record in preparing students for admission into medical and other health-related professional programs. Excellence in the classroom, research opportunities, internships, and structured volunteer experiences give DU graduates a distinctive and measurable advantage. Each year, Drury sends approximately 20 students to medical school and another 20 to related health professional schools. There are more than 250 Drury graduates currently serving as healthcare professionals in southwest Missouri alone.


Media Contacts: Dr. Beth Harville, Dean, College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. Office: (417) 873-4085; email: bharville@drury.eduDianne Johnson, Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations. Office: (417) 873-7303; email:

Drury student earns award from an International Honor Society

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 20, 2013 — Drury senior education major Erica Hankison has been awarded a scholarship from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education. Hankison earned the $500 Harold D. Drummond scholarship for undergraduate students in education.

Erica Hankison

According to KDP, the scholarship is based on transcript review, a student’s involvement in KDP and a written essay. A review committee evaluated the scholarship applications from around the country. Hankison is the first Drury student to receive this award.

“I’d never entered big, national scholarship contests before, but I recently learned about scholarship opportunities through KDP and applied. I was very happy and honored to learn that I had won,” said Hankison.

Hankison is a 2010 graduate of Nixa High School. She will finish up her final semester of classes at Drury this fall and complete her student teaching in the spring of 2014. Upon graduation in May 2014, Hankison says she hopes to find a job in elementary education in southwest Missouri.

Founded in 1911, Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is a dynamic learning community that recognizes and enhances growth in scholars and leaders. The Society’s vision is advanced through:

  • Recognizing and confirming the status of scholars and educators to achieve and sustain preeminence in teaching, scholarship, and service;
  • Focusing on effectively addressing the needs of members through the phases of their careers as scholars and educators; and
  • Providing an energetic, diverse learning community that enhances professional growth through high-quality programs, services, and products.


Drury’s Amanda Combs earns prestigious advertising internship

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 14, 2012 — Drury junior advertising and public relations major Amanda Combs has been awarded a Vance and Betty Lee Stickell Internship from the American Advertising Federation (AAF). This summer, she will intern at IBM in Armonk, N.Y.

By earning the Stickell Internship, Combs is recognized as one of the top 15 AAF students in the United States. For more information about the prestigious honor, visit the Stickell internship website.

Amanda Combs

“Amanda is a recipient of one of the most prestigious student advertising awards in the nation,” said Dr. Regina Waters, chair of the Department of Communication. “We are thrilled that the American Advertising Federation recognizes her talent and has chosen to place her in an internship with IBM, a globally recognized brand.”

Combs, who will graduate from Drury in May 2013, will earn $4,000 for her work at IBM and a $1,500 scholarship for travel and living expenses.

Combs is the fourth Drury student to receive a Stickell Internship since 2005. Past Drury recipients are:

  • Mallory Noelke, 2009
  • Mallorie Rodak, 2008
  • Cynthia Nutter, 2005