The American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has recently recognized Brittney Thomas, of West Helena, as an outstanding student in the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA). A student on the PCCUA-Helena-West Helena campus, Thomas has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and the ASCP. The purpose of this award is to help defray education costs, promote medical laboratory science as a rewarding career, and to help address the workforce shortage of qualified professionals. The ASCP and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics celebrate the future of medical laboratory professions by awarding scholarships to students who have achieved a level of success that merits recognition. These scholarships assist students in balancing their full-time studies and expenses which, arise in the course of their educational endeavors. Claude Rector, PCCUA MLT/PLB Program Direct, noted that all of Thomas' academic accomplishments have been attained while working at a local medical clinic. “Brittney maintains a level of energy and intensity that goes unmatched by her peers,” said Rector. “She is a model student and shows her devotion to the MLT program by maintaining an excellent academic record.” Thomas' selection was based on academic achievement in her laboratory medicine studies, as well as leadership and involvement in her community.