Rex Grossman Scholarship Undergraduate Requirements

Rex Grossman Scholarship

Dr. Daniel Grossman is an alumnus and respected local ophthalmologist. Dr. Grossman takes special interest in this scholarship established in his father's memory. His sister, Jill Grossman, has joined him in supporting this award. Premedical or preoptometry study and financial need are strong criteria.


Open to juniors who will be entering their final undergraduate year in the upcoming fall semester. Applicants must have a declared major from the IUB Department of Biology, and are premedical (or pre-optometry) students who plan to attend medical school (or optometry school) after graduation. Graduating seniors cannot apply.


High GPA, financial need, demonstrated good citizenship.


Up to $5,000


The recipient is expected to let the department know when he/she has accepted a medical school (optometry school) offer so this information can be shared with the donor.

Lucy Brown, 2017 Rex Grossman Scholar

Lucy Brown is a Founders Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa nominee majoring in Biology, International Studies, and Spanish, while obtaining a minor in Chemistry and a Peace Corps Prep Global Service Certificate. She currently conducts research in Associate Professor Soni Lacefield’s lab, studying cell cycle progression with particular emphasis on septin protein regulation using Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast species, as a model.

In her free time, Lucy loves cycling and listening to podcasts. She volunteers regularly through organizations such as:

  • The IU chapter of Timmy Global Health: Water Project, which advocates for and provides clean drinking water to poverty-stricken countries across the globe;
  • The IU Dance Marathon, which supports Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis; and
  • The IU chapter of She’s the First, an organization that supports girls around the world who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school.

Lucy plans on joining the Peace Corps immediately after college, and eventually attending medical school to train for work in the field of Women’s Health and OB/GYN. She also intends to acquire a Master of Public Health in order to help bridge the gap between medicine and policy.

Vincent Campiti, 2016 Rex Grossman Scholar

Vincent Campiti graduated with High Distinction in May 2016 with a B.A. in Biochemistry, a B.S. in Biology, and a minor in psychology. He now attends medical school at the IU School of Medicine. Although Vincent is leaning toward a career in cardiology, he plans to keep an open mind during his medical school rotations.

While an undergraduate, Vincent was an undergraduate research assistant in Professor Emília Martin’s laboratory. He also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the L112 Biological Mechanisms course.

Vincent’s undergraduate volunteer experiences included fundraising for the Special Olympics; landscaping for the elderly in Bloomington; and working in the emergency department, outpatient clinic, and infusion center at a hospital. He says that his most humbling volunteer experiences were with the Our Lady of the Road drop-in center for the homeless and those living in extreme poverty in downtown South Bend, Indiana.