Friday, April 7, 2017

The Sharon A. Myers Premedical Studies Endowed Scholarship Fund

Friday during Homecoming, we celebrated one of our newly fully funded endowed scholarships and recognized a special family with a new plaque on the wall in the lobby S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center.

The Sharon A. Myers Premedical Studies Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 and now has been fully funded and will begin providing scholarship assistance for all the years to come to LETU students studying in the biological sciences.

The scholarship was set up by Dr. Michael and Lisa Myers and is in honor of Michael's mother, Sharon A. Myers, who instilled in her children a love for God and an appreciation for His creation. Sharon studied piano and violin performance in college, but medicine was her first love. She ensured that her children had opportunities to grow in character, intellect and in their relationship with God and His Son Jesus Christ. 

Michael began attending LeTourneau in 1986, majoring in engineering, but a diagnosis of lymphoma during his sophomore year derailed his educational plans, and he withdrew from college.   

By God's grace and mercy, and after much prayer and medical intervention, Michael's cancer went into remission and he was ultimately cured. That experience led him to pursue a calling in the field of medicine.

He returned to college, switched his major to biology, then was accepted into medical school in San Antonio, where he met and married his wife, Lisa. Michael earned his medical degree in 1999 and today is a staff psychiatrist at the health center at Baylor University.     

Both Michael and Lisa profoundly believe in the mission of LeTourneau University and support the role of Christian higher education today. Michael has served as an LETU trustee and served on the Alumni Advisory Council and in LeTourneau University's Alumni-in-Action activities. 

The Myers family knows the value of supporting premedical students as they prepare to be God's hands and feet in the field of medicine. At LETU, we have two students in the Joint Admission Medical Program and one biology student who, at age 17, just recently won 2nd place for his human genome research. LETU students like these seek to integrate their faith and work as they pursue careers in the medical field and live out a holy calling with eternal impact.