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Bio: Kevin Purcell

Kevin PurcellI was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the third of four children.  Many afternoons after school, my father a vascular surgeon, would take me with him to the hospital to observe.  As a result, I grew up with the goal of becoming a physician.  I attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, where I maintained a good record in both academics and extra curricular activities.  I was an All-City basketball player.

When I entered SUNY New Paltz in Fall, 2006 I was accepted to the Bachelor of Science Doctor of Osteopathy (BSDO) seven year medical program.  My days and nights are really busy because I joined the Scholar’s Mentorship Program (SMP); C-STEP/AMP; and the Black Student Union (BSU).  I serve on the Executive Board of BSU.  In addition, I am a Resident Assistant in Shango Hall.  I have been a model for Envied Fashion; and a host for both Envied Fashion and Nyambingi.  My fraternity is Omega Psi Phi; and I am a founder (with Anthony Leno) of “Get Up and Get Out,” a  mentorship  program  for  high  school students that sends college students to high schools to stress to them the importance of attending college.

After I graduate from SUNY New Paltz, I plan to attend New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hampton, New York.

When I joined the Scholar’s Mentorship Program my first year, I did so reluctantly because I did not know the benefits.  However, my perspective soon changed. Joining SMP was one of the best decisions of my life.  The staff and students in the program are a wonderful set of resources.  So far, I have received a scholarship and gained many other opportunities.

Congratulations, Kevin, on being selected SMP Student of the Semester!