by Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi ’05
Since arriving at the Colleges in 2010, Scott MacPhail, assistant director of health professions counseling and fellowship advising, has been instrumental in assisting HWS students and alums compete for the most prestigious and highly coveted fellowships, scholarships and grants in the world.
“Fellowships support international study, research, graduate study, and a wide range of service, internship and learning experiences,” says MacPhail. As the fellowships adviser, MacPhail works closely with students to help them identify opportunities and develop strong applications.
Applying for a nationally competitive fellowship can be a rewarding and valuable experience in itself, he says. “For many students the process is unlike anything they have done before. It can help clarify goals and ambitions, improve writing and presentation skills, and offer preparation for competitive graduate school and job applications.”
In addition to his role as fellowship adviser, MacPhail serves as assistant director of health professions counseling. “Hobart and William Smith Colleges is an ideal place to prepare for a career in the health professions,” he says. “Over the past five years our placement rate for medical, dental and veterinary school applicants has exceeded 80 percent, well above national averages.” Many recent graduates are also now successful physical therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, and a variety of other clinical practitioners, he notes.
Furthermore, each year at least two or three HWS students are accepted into the early assurance program at SUNY Upstate Medical University through the Blackwell Medical Scholars program. HWS students have also gained acceptance to the early assurance programs at SUNY Upstate and the University of Buffalo as college sophomores. Last year, Maria Mangine ’14 was accepted to the early assurance program at the University of Buffalo Dental School and Guanqun Li ’14 was accepted to the medical school program at SUNY Upstate.
Prior to joining HWS, MacPhail was an academic adviser at the University of Rochester specializing in health professions advising. He holds a doctor of philosophy degree in English from Indiana University – Bloomington, a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Idaho, a master of arts in English from State University of New York at Stonybrook, and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Chicago.
Scott MacPhail and his colleagues have mentored dozens of students and alums, helping them successfully navigate the complexities of multiple fellowships including: