Amna Amjad ‘22 is a hardworking senior enrolled in Wagner College’s Physician Assistant program. Amna has always felt compelled to help those in need, and after having close family members experience health challenges, pursuing her studies in the medical field felt like the perfect fit for her. When it came time to select a college, Wagner was number one on Amna’s list. “I chose Wagner for three reasons - atmosphere, size, and opportunities. The atmosphere is vibrant and congruous. The intimate class size is ideal for me as I get individualized attention from professors. The school is affiliated with many employment agencies, especially in the medical field, making opportunities endless, post-graduation.”
The Staten Island resident was particularly drawn to Wagner’s five-year accelerated Physician Assistant program. Said Amna, “The program has an excellent reputation and I knew I would be getting an education that will cultivate me to stand out in the burgeoning population of the world while being surrounded by individuals with similar interests and goals.” Now in her fourth year of the program, Amna is grateful that she selected Wagner. “I love how Wagner feels like home. Being in a five-year program has allowed me to get very close to all my classmates. There are times when I see them more than I see my family despite being a commuter student!”
Amna’s education at Wagner was made possible due in part to the support she has received over the past three years as the student recipient of The Lila T. Barbes ‘40 Wagner College Guild Scholarship. The Guild, Wagner’s oldest organization, was formed by faculty wives in 1918 to help provide support for the divinity students who were away from home pursuing their education. Today, the Guild’s mission remains in many ways the same as it was over 100 years ago, with its members hosting quarterly luncheon fundraising events to support and assist students in need. Their support includes awarding scholarships to two students each year. The scholarship was named in loving memory of the Guild’s longtime president, Lila T. Barbes ‘40, who was an invaluable member of the Wagner community for more than 70 years. Lila and her husband John “Bunny” ‘39, who was Wagner’s onetime Alumni Director, ensured that the Guild remained active, vibrant and focused on its mission to help students like Amna achieve their educational dreams.
“I know that my parents, Lila Thompson Barbes ‘40 and John "Bunny" Barbes ’39, lifetime supporters of all things Wagner College, would be extremely proud to know that Amna Amjad is honoring their memories as a recipient of The Lila T. Barbes ’40 Wagner College Guild Scholarship. Amna's scholarship and professionalism will make her a well respected alumnus and Seahawk,” said Linda Barbes Stein ‘69 M'73, Guild Executive Committee member.
Amna is not only a Guild scholarship recipient, she has also become a treasured member of the Guild. “Being a member of the Guild family is one of my most valued experiences here at Wagner. The Guild members welcomed me with open arms on the first day. I always look forward to their luncheons, as it gives me the opportunity to see everyone and catch up with them.” Amna even pivoted to join the Guild members for Zoom events that were held in place of in-person luncheons due to COVID. She often “zoomed” in on her break between classes just so she had the chance to say “hi” to the members and to let them know how everything was going. Said Amna, “I’m so grateful for the financial and emotional support the Guild members have given me over the years. It is something I will always cherish!”
“Meeting our scholarship recipients has been a highlight of my tenure as president of Wagner’s Guild. Students like Amna are our future! It has been a pleasure getting to know Amna over the years. She is genial and always brightens the room when she joins us for luncheons - our members love her! We have no doubt that Amna is destined for great things and the Guild is proud to support her education at Wagner,” said Aletta Kipp Diamond ‘65 H’15, Wagner College Guild President. “The scholarship means even more to me since I knew Bunny and Lila when I was a student. They have a special place in my heart. Their love for Wagner was boundless.”
Despite the rigorous requirements of the PA program, Amna has become very involved on Wagner’s campus, where she worked at the campus Health and Wellness office for two years, is serving as the new editor-in-chief of Wagner’s PA newsletter Highlight, the SAAPA Historian for the 2021-2022 academic year and is a member of Project Sunshine. In addition to her on campus activities, she also tutors elementary and middle school students at a local center.
As Amna enters her senior year, she looks forward to beginning her first year of rotations in August. Upon graduating as a PA-C in 2023, she hopes to work in emergency medicine in New York City. Amna knows the importance of giving back and also has plans to go on mission trips to underdeveloped areas where healthcare is limited. Said Amna, “I hope to give the gift of healthcare to my community and communities in need.”
With Amna’s work ethic and compassionate nature we know she will be a great success in all that she does. We also know that her Guild family will always be behind her, cheering her on, every step of the way!
Lila Thompson Barbes ‘40 and John "Bunny" Barbes ’39
Amna Amjad '22 with Wagner College Guild President, Aletta Kipp Diamond ‘65 H’15