David Newton Ash Service Award David Newton, Ash Service Award recipient Originally from Augusta, Georgia, David Newton comes from a long line of Bulldogs. It was not just personal connections, however, that drew Newton to UGA. He saw the University’s many opportunities for hands-on learning as excellent preparation for medical school. Newton graduated in 2017 with dual degrees in biology and psychology and a minor in chemistry. He also participated in undergraduate research, internships, and service opportunities that matched his rigorous academic training. This comprehensive learning experience provided him with the foundation to excel at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, where he is pursuing his dream of becoming a physician. In 2016, Newton received the Ash Service Award, a competitive award established by UGA alumna and Foundation trustee Kathryn Ash and her husband, alumnus Darren Ash, to support Honors Program students engaged in full-time summer service internships in Georgia. With this support, Newton served as a primary care research intern with UGA’s Economic Evaluation Research Group and Mercy Health Center, a free clinic in Athens. These high-impact research and service activities provided Newton with invaluable experience and inspired him to become a physician who puts patients’ needs and concerns first.