Luther College Alumni awarded Torrison and Williams medical scholarships for 2019-20

Luther College Alumni, Ethan Thonn '18 and Anneleise Frie '19, have both been awarded a graduate medical education scholarship through the Torrison and Williams Scholarship Program for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Dr. George and Emma J. Torrison Scholarship fund and Fredrick W. Williams Scholarship fund annually award scholarships to students who intend to pursue careers in medicine. Endowments are managed by the Foundation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Frie studied biology while attending Luther College and is perusing her MD at UW- Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health within the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program. Frie hopes to work as a physician in rural areas of Wisconsin that are in need of healthcare providers.

"I feel extremely honored to be awarded the scholarship," said Frie. "This scholarship will not only financially contribute towards my medical school career, but it also represents who I am and what I have overcome to achieve my goals thus far." 

Thonn studied biology and chemistry while at Luther College and now studies in the MD program at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. During medical school Thonn hopes to maintain an open mind and explore all medical specialties to decide which path within the field to pursue.

"I feel deeply honored to have been recognized with this scholarship. I recently got married and the Torrison Scholarship has been an enormous help to our financial situation," said Thonn.

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Anneleise Frie