A 24-year-old Newport resident has been accepted into Brown
University’s Warren Alpert School of Medicine through the URI-Brown
University Early Identification Program.
Shayla Minteer said her goals are to love others and preserve life. Now she’s one step closer to realizing her dream.
“It’s a good fit for me, and I’m a good fit for Brown,’’ says Minteer,
who wants to be a primary care doctor. “I’m just glad to be a part of
The prestigious honor is just one of many for Minteer, who is seeking a double
major in general business administration and medical lab science from the University of Rhode Island.
She won the Frank Navarro Scholarship from the College of Business,
which allowed her to quit her day job and focus entirely on her studies.
“I jumped out of my seat when I found out about the Navarro award,’’
says Minteer. “It’s been difficult
working and going to school."
After graduating from Chariho Regional High School, Minteer decided to work
instead of go to college — a decision she said she does not regret. Working
built up her self-esteem, gave her valuable life lessons and introduced
her to mentors she admired and respected.
Minteer has worked as a software designer and purchasing agent
and an IT and accounting assistant. In 2010, she decided it was time to
get a college degree and started taking classes on URI’s Providence
campus at night so she could work during the day.
“I’ve never had a class I didn’t like," said the college junior. "At URI, there are
so many doors around me and I have this key and can open any door I