Kristopher R. “Ryan” Shannon (Class of 2015) is one of only 40 students nationwide who received a 2012 TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship. The program is open to students pursuing degrees in health care, and they can receive as much as $10,000 in scholarship funds – which is what Shannon received.
Recipients are chosen on the basis of leadership qualities, academic excellence and passion for community involvement. Before Shannon completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University, he served a church service mission for two years, living and working in Brazil, the Navajo Indian Reservation and Phoenix. At Brigham Young, as he was earning a degree in exercise sciences, he worked as a TA and taught human anatomy for three years. Among his other experiences before he began medical school were volunteering at a student-run summer camp for children whose parents had cancer; shadowing two surgeons; and working as an emergency department tech, radiology clerk and phlebotomist.
At www.Tylenol.com/Scholarship2012, Shannon is quoted saying: “Medicine … combined my love for not just the sciences, but more importantly for people. I have learned that a fulfilling life is one spent beyond the needs of oneself, and that in order to experience true joy, one simply has to offer a hand of help to another.” He selected the Florida State College of Medicine, he said, because of its student-centered curriculum and faculty, and its mission to serve those in need.