Alicyn Grete, from Niceville, FL, has been named a Southampton Scholar by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The scholarship was established in 2019 to facilitate cooperation between the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as to develop leaders for the U.S. Army. Grete, a Life Science major, was chosen for her leadership skills and dedication to international humanitarian medical care. In addition to being a Division I softball pitcher and a Stamps Scholar, Grete is an active member of the West Point community. She leads a Bible study through Officers’ Christian Fellowship and volunteers with West Point’s tutoring program. During the summer of 2022, she led the Cadet Counseling Unit, providing suicide prevention and mental health resources to 1,200 new cadets during Cadet Basic Training.
Grete’s passion for medical care led her to study the medical applications of 3D bioprinting and help develop an affordable bubble bilevel positive airway pressure respiratory device for use in rural Africa. She is a member of Medical Makers, an organization that designs low-cost medical technologies for austere environments, and she had the opportunity to be an analog astronaut at the Mars Desert Research Station. During this time, she developed medical care techniques for use in space and demonstrated that non-medical crew members can be equipped to teach themselves emergency surgery using 3D printing technology and offline instructional modules.
Grete plans to complete a Public Health Management master’s degree at the University of Southampton. She will then return to the U.S. for medical school, where she hopes to specialize in anesthesiology or emergency medicine and eventually work in international humanitarian medical care.
About the Southampton scholar
The Southampton-West Point Scholarship was established in 2019 to deepen United States–United Kingdom cooperation and to facilitate the development of high-performing, thoughtful, and culturally competent leaders for the Army.
About West Point
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. Founded in 1802, it is America’s first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.