May 2, 2002
Rachel D. Bowman, a senior chemistry major at Maryville College, was presented with the distinguished LeQuire Award during the College's Academic Awards Ceremony held April 27 in Wilson Chapel.
Bowman, the daughter of Don Bowman of Walland and Suzan Bowman of Louisville, is a 1998 graduate of Alcoa High School. Following graduation from the College this month, Bowman plans to attend medical school at the University of Tennessee-Memphis and pursue a career in women's health care.
While at Maryville College, Bowman has been an active member of the student government association, Omicron Delta Kappa and the campus affiliate of the American Chemical Society. A Presidential Scholar, Bowman was also selected to be a Peer Mentor for freshmen.
During the summer of 2001, Bowman conducted research as part of the Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the University of Virginia.
Making the award presentation, Maryville College President Dr. Gerald W. Gibson explained that winners of the award are nominated by faculty in the College's humanities and science divisions.
"When I recently asked for nominations for this award, one faculty member stated: 'She has made all the right decisions in her undergraduate career and is poised to excel in medical school. She possesses a friendly demeanor and is confident in her abilities to achieve anything she desires,'" Gibson read in his remarks. "Another faculty member wrote: 'She is one of the best all-around students I have taught in many years.'"
Established in 1987 by descendants and friends of Maryville physician Granville Dexter LeQuire and his wife Ellen Brickey LeQuire, the LeQuire Award includes a cash gift to help defray the expenses of applying to medical school and an engraved pewter julep cup.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.