Posted on Jun 23, 2006

Derek Wayman '06 is tackling more than most students. The 2005-06 Obenzinger Scholar is helping the College create public health programs, volunteering in his hometown and preparing for a career in medicine – all while leading the Dutchmen defense with 51 tackles and five sacks in their 11-1 football season.

The Ronald M. Obenzinger Memorial Premedical Scholarship was created by the late Nathan and Romana Obenzinger in memory of their son, Ronald M. Obenzinger '61, who died of Hodgkin's Disease while a medical student. Ronald's brother, Mark '65, helped organize the trust.

A chemistry major from Ballston Lake, N.Y., who was named Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine, Wayman says, “The scholarship has allowed me to look past the kind of medicine that gets practiced behind the closed doors of a hospital or doctor's office, and to realize the importance of public health awareness outside the classroom.”