VERMILLION, S.D. -- Jeb List, who will be entering his fourth year of medical school at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (SSOM), is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Duane Reaney Family Scholarship.
The scholarship, established in 2010 through a gift from Dr. Duane and Kathryn Reaney, is awarded to SSOM students entering their fourth year, are in good academic standing and are based at the Yankton Campus. Preference is given to students who express an interest in practicing in Yankton or the surrounding area.
Dr. Reaney, a 1945 graduate of USD’s School of Medicine, practiced family medicine in the Yankton area for more than 40 years. He says he feels it is vital to continue to attract young physicians back to the region, and hopes the scholarship contributes to that goal.
“I think it’s very important that we try to get people to come back here,” said Reaney. “The need is great in the smaller communities--not just in Yankton, but in the wider area.”
List was born and raised in Yankton, and plans to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery after graduation. He says he appreciates the opportunity to complete his education close to home as well as the financial assistance provided by the $900 scholarship.
“I’m honored to receive this scholarship and it definitely helps me move toward my career goals,” said List.
List hopes to return to his hometown area after completing his residency, and noted that his desire to enjoy South Dakota’s particular culture drive his long-term decision-making process when it comes to his career.
“The values and morals of South Dakota line up with what I believe. I hope to come back and make a positive difference.”