Alumni (Scholar)

Sam Jonas

St. Elmo Hall (Delta Phi) Jefferson Scholar
Owings Mills, Maryland
B.A. University of Virginia (2006)
M.D. University of Maryland (2014)
Professional Sector:
Healthcare Services


Madison House, Big Sibling Program; Alternative Spring Break, board member, vice president, Belize, Esperanza, Dominican Republic, and Louisiana site leader; Outdoors at U.Va.; Martha Jefferson House volunteer; University Mediation Service, director of training; Washington Literary Society and Debating Union; Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, U.Va. Chapter co-president, conference presenter; Virginia Literary Review poetry contributor; Critical Mass: Politics in Action contributing writer; Students Taking Action Now: Darfur; Sustained Dialogue; U.Va. Book Drive for Khabul University in Afghanistan; Sigma Pi; Double “Hoo” Research Award; Michael Wagenheim Memorial Scholarship in English; Golden Key Honour Society; Raven Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Dean’s List

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