Scholarship Recipients

The AAMA congratulates the ​2020 recipients of the prestigious Maxine Williams Scholarship:

Cari Daul graduated in August from Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan, and earned her CMA (AAMA)® credential the same month. Her desire to pursue a career as a medical assistant stems from her love for helping people. “When others are hurt­ing, emotionally or physically, I want to make it better,” Daul explains. After seeing how her husband—who is also a medical assistant—created positive changes in patients’ lives, Daul made it her goal to change lives every day.

During her academic career, Daul served as a role model by volunteering to help other medical assisting students and demonstrating her leadership skills, strong work ethic, and professionalism. On a personal level, she is known for her optimism, compassion, and dedi­cation. Daul “goes above and beyond the expectations in her coursework and when working with other students,” writes one of Daul’s educators. Another adds that Daul “sets a high stan­dard of what is expected in this profession.”

Debra Kirk graduated in June from Carrington College in Citrus Heights, California. After working as an administrative assistant for some time, Kirk decided to return to school to pursue her passion for the medical field. She chose medical assisting for the option of flexible hours, which would allow her to spend more time with her children.

As a student, Kirk is praised for being diligent and attentive; she “demonstrated mastery of theoretical concepts in her clinical interactions, presentations, and written assignments,” according to one of Kirk’s educators.

In addition to her medical assisting education, she brings a wealth of administrative expe­rience to her career. And Kirk is expected to excel with patient interactions. “I know she will demonstrate nothing but professionalism, kindness, and empathy for the patients she will be working with,” writes an employer.

Mindy Swain currently attends Salt Lake Community College in West Jordan, Utah. Her decision to become a medical assistant was influenced by her experiences with family mem­bers who have chronic conditions. “I want to become a medical assistant to better myself to help my family,” says Swain. “Working, going to school, and taking care of my family has been challenging but also extremely rewarding.”

Swain is known for her positive attitude, integrity, and compassion for other people. She demonstrates sensitivity and concern for others by often helping other students and volun­teering. Swain is “highly motivated and dedicated to the field of medical assisting,” writes one educator. “She is, by far, one of the most committed students I have seen come through my program.”

Swain plans to graduate at the end of the year and looks forward to a fulfilling career. “I am determined and dedicated to becoming the best CMA (AAMA) I can be,” she says.