Joe Wyatt
Published January 22, 2018

Amarillo College served as the perfect launching pad for Abbie Biggers, who this past fall received dream-come-true offers of acceptance from three medical schools in Texas.

“Amarillo College definitely helped me lay the groundwork to be successful in my future endeavors,” Biggers said. “I feel like I received as good an education at AC as I would have gotten anywhere.”


Biggers attended AC in 2013 and 2014 as a full participant in the Presidential Scholars program. The Scholars program, a learning community for high-achieving students, promotes intellectual growth, cultural appreciation and leadership development. It also offers study-abroad opportunities, and Biggers and her fellow Scholars spent 10 days in Cambodia – even rode elephants.


She then transferred her credits to West Texas A&M University and completed the pre-medicine program.

Biggers has now received offers of acceptance from Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas’ McGovern Medical School in Houston.


She was expected to rank the offers according to her preference by mid-January and will learn sometime this spring just which medical school she will be attending.


“It’s exciting,” said the daughter of Claudie and Shane Biggers – she chair of the AC Biology Department; he an Amarillo chiropractor. “I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to be a doctor. I also knew I would begin my college education in the small classes at AC, where the teachers really get to know the students.


“The Presidential Scholars program definitely set me up for success. I had some of the best professors, and I established good study skills,” she said. “The experience I had at AC, even riding elephants in Asia, was thoroughly meaningful and convinced me that anything is possible and never to give up.”


Biggers has spent several weeks ranking medical schools, but she was hardly otherwise idle; she is employed full time at BSA Hospital where she helps emergency room doctors with charting and documentation.


“I’ve watched several surgeries at BSA,” Biggers said. “It’s totally fascinating.”