The Heritage Hall Alumni Association (HHAA) has recognized Anoushka Mullasseril (Heritage Hall Class of 2015) as its first Heritage Hall Alumni Scholarship recipient. Established earlier this year, the scholarship honors an alumnus/a who has been in higher education for at least one semester and who exemplifies the tenets of the Charger Code – to learn, to lead, to serve. Award recipients receive $1,000, in addition to a $250 donation to the charity of his/her choice.
A Charger since the age of 3, Mullasseril has lived by the Charger Code for most of her life. Believing that “a physician must live by these ideals,” Mullasseril is taking The Code’s tenets to an even higher level as a medical student at The University of Oklahoma.
“In oncology (my chosen field of specialization), new discoveries about how cancer works and how to treat it are being made every day. Because medicine is always changing, physicians must be lifelong learners to provide patients with the best care. Additionally, doctors must be leaders in the community; this has been illustrated numerous times throughout the pandemic as doctors have strived to educate people about the virus and set good examples by adhering to COVID guidelines. Service is especially important in medicine because physicians must dedicate themselves to serving their patients and others in need,” observed Mullasseril.
Commenting on Mullasseril’s win, HHAA President Cooper Cloud ’11 said, “Anoushka was selected due to her extraordinary amount of service and impeccable record of academic achievement as an undergrad at Rhodes College, and now as a medical student at OU. We are proud to have such a deserving member of the Charger family as the organization’s first scholarship recipient.”
Upon accepting the scholarship, Mullasseril remarked, “By helping me attain the best education possible, the HHAA is also serving my future patients; for that, I am forever thankful. I am also incredibly grateful for the ability to positively impact my community through a donation to Manos Juntas, a free medical clinic that provides quality healthcare to the uninsured and underserved people of Oklahoma City. Volunteering at the clinic has increased my passion for medicine and service, and has brought amazing people, friends, and mentors into my life. I am so happy to receive this gift from an organization that has done so much for me and for the people of Oklahoma.”
The HHAA wishes to thank alumnus David Portman (class of 1989) for leading the charge to establish the alumni scholarship and for sponsoring this noteworthy recognition.