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Ivan Porter has been awarded the American Medical Association Foundation Scholars Award, which is bestowed upon only ten medical students in the country and includes a $10,000 scholarship. The award holds a wealth of prestige, recognizing students who excel academically and who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the medical field. With only seven percent of the country's physicians falling into this category, Ivan's accomplishment is clear.

This, however, is not Ivan's first scholarly award. As an undergraduate, he was invited into the National Biological Honor Society, which is dedicated to extending the boundaries of human knowledge through research. He has also been the recipient of the College of Medicine's Dean's Scholarship 2004-2008, the Durell Peaden Scholarship 2004-2006, and the E.C. and Tillie Allen College of Medicine Scholarship 2005-2006.

Ivan isn't all academics, as seen through his involvement in community projects such as "Get Active" and SIGN (Student Interest Group in Neurology). He has also participated in events sponsored by the W.E.B. du Bois Honor Society, of which he is a member. The Society sponsored a community workshop, giving Ivan the opportunity to volunteer with children at the Dade Street Community Center.

Upon completion of his graduate work, Ivan will "stay in Florida and serve in the communities that were (and still are) so influential in creating the person I am today."

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