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  • Scholarship Funds

    Application forms for financial assistance are forwarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid to all students receiving an appointment to the School of Medicine. One should not apply for financial aid until an official letter of acceptance has been received.

    The following is a list of scholarships available to eligible SOM students.

    • Armed Services Health Professions Scholarship Program through the Army, Navy, Air Force and the USPHS offers Health Professions Scholarships to students interested in serving in the military. Recipients must serve a year as a commissioned officer for each year of participation in the program, with a two-year minimum. Scholarships provide tuition, other academic fees, required books, required equipment and a monthly living stipend.
    • James T. Baird Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2000 through a gift to the Medical Center. At least one scholarship is available each year in the School of Medicine. Recipients must be in good academic standing, and preference is given to students who intend to practice in smaller Mississippi towns and communities.
    • Thomas M. Blake Dean's Merit Scholarship, established in 2003, recognizes a  student who demonstrates an ability and willingness to accept responsibility, exercise initiative and utilize innovative approaches.
    • Frank Bradley Baker Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship endowment sponsored by the Class of 1965 of the School of Medicine in memory of classmate Frank Bradley Baker. It is administered by the School of Medicine loan and scholarship committee according to criteria developed by the Class of 1965. It is awarded to the sophomore with the highest academic average for the pre-clinical years.
    • Maribel Barber Scholarship in Medicine was established in 1972 through a bequest to the University of Mississippi for outstanding medical students who are legal Mississippi residents. Four-year scholarships are awarded based on scholastic promise and leadership qualities. To retain the award in succeeding years, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress during formal preparation for a career in medicine.
    • Bryan Barksdale, MD, School of Medicine Scholarship, made possible by the Barksdale Foundation Account, promotes excellence and educational benefits for School of Medicine students derived from a diverse student population. It is awarded to a first-year student who is a Mississippi resident. Recipients are selected by the School of Medicine scholarship and awards committee based on prior academic achievement, the potential for success in medicine and accepted institutional financial aid guidelines. It is renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing. Recipients must commit to reside and practice medicine in Mississippi for five years.
    • Jim and Donna Barksdale School of Medicine Scholarship, made possible by the Barksdale Foundation Account, recognizes men and women with superior academic achievement and outstanding experiences in health care, service and leadership that will potentially impact the medical school class and practice of medicine in Mississippi. It is awarded to first-year medical students who are Mississippi residents. It is renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing. Recipients must commit to reside and practice medicine in Mississippi for five years.
    • Max, Doris and Jewel Blackmon Trust Fund Scholarship provides scholarships for outstanding Caucasian students enrolled in the School of Medicine. Recipients are selected by the SOM scholarship and awards committee based on academic potential or financial need. It is renewable each year for recipients in good scholastic standing. Preference is given to students who intend to practice in Mississippi.
    • Roxie Bunch Scholarship was established through a bequest to the School of Medicine from Mrs. Bunch. She directed that funds be used to "to help young men through medical school."
    • Joseph Collins Foundation was established in 1951 through a bequest from Dr. Collins. Recipients must be in the upper one-third of their class, demonstrate financial need and show an interest in the arts and letters or other cultural pursuits outside the field of medicine.
    • A. Wallace Conerly MD, Scholarship honors Dr. Conerly's service as vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine from 1994-2003. It provides medical and graduate tuition for outstanding MD/PhD students.
    • Dr. John C. and Nina S. Culley Memorial Scholarship was established in 1968 through a $50,000 bequest from Dr. Culley to the University of Mississippi. When earnings permit, the scholarship is awarded to the top premedical student at the University of Mississippi who applies to the School of Medicine by Nov. 1 of the year preceding admission.
    • J.T. and Mary Davis Medical Scholarship Endowment was established in 1985 to benefit deserving young men and women who are pursuing an education in medicine. Recipients must have a baccalaureate degree from the University of Mississippi.
    • Federal-State Loan Programs, in which the Medical Center participates, are governed by Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning trustees. The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid administers state-funded financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships and loans, assisting Mississippi residents in pursuit of their educational and professional goals. Several programs are designated to provide financial assistance to medical students and administered through UMMC's Division of Student Services and Records.
    • Hattiesburg Physicians' Scholarship was established in 1983 by the board of directors of the Hattiesburg Community Blood Center, Inc. Recipients must be sophomores or juniors in good standing. Preference is given to students from the Hattiesburg area.
    • Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation Scholarships, established by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation, are awarded to outstanding students based on their premedical record and financial need.
    • Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation Minority Scholarship is awarded to minority students in the School of Medicine entering class who, in the opinion of the admissions committee, are most likely to provide health care to under-served Mississippians.
    • F.A. Hunt Scholarship was established through a bequest from Fannie Gordon Hunt to honor her husband. It is awarded annually on the basis of academic excellence.
    • Dr. M. Winter Jackson Medical Scholarship is awarded to a third-year student based on academic standing, potential for growth and development in the chosen field and need. It is renewable for the fourth year of medical school if the recipient continues to meet the criteria. 
    • Dr. and Mrs. Henry O. Leonard Scholarship Fund was established in June 1988 by Helen G. Snider in memory of her aunt and uncle. Dr. Leonard was a general practitioner in Coffeeville for many years. Juniors in good academic standing with proven financial need are eligible for the award. Recipients must plan to practice  family medicine in Mississippi for five years following graduation and residency training.
    • John F. Lucas Sr., MD, Scholarship was established by family and friends of Dr. Lucas, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Greenwood for more than 48 years. Incoming freshmen from Leflore, Sunflower, Washington, Bolivar, Humphreys and Yazoo counties are eligible. Selection is based on financial need.
    • James A. McDevitt, MD, Medical Scholarships, established through a bequest from Alma Valentine McDevitt in memory of her husband, are awarded to worthy and deserving medical students. They are renewable for recipients in good academic standing.
    • Fred McDonnell, MD, School of Medicine Scholarship, made possible by the Barksdale Foundation Account, promotes excellence and educational benefits for School of Medicine students derived from a diverse student population. It is awarded to a first-year student who is a Mississippi resident. Recipients are selected by the School of Medicine scholarship and awards committee based on prior academic achievement,  potential for success in medicine and accepted institutional financial aid guidelines. It is renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing. Recipients must commit to reside and practice medicine in Mississippi for five years.
    • Medical Alumni Scholarship is awarded to a rising M3 who is in the top half of his/her class, has no other M3 scholarship and intends to practice in Mississippi after completing all training.
    • Medical Reunion Scholarship, established in 1996 by the Medical Alumni Chapter, is awarded to a student based on academic criteria and financial need.
    • Miller-Pittman Medical Scholarship, established through a bequest from the late Mary Eugenia Miller, assists "deserving medical students enrolled in the School of Medicine."
    • Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association Scholarship Fund is applied toward tuition. Preference is given to an incoming M1 who is an African-American or represents another minority group.
    • Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program was established in 2007 by the Mississippi Legislature as a longitudinal program to identify rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine.
    • Don Mitchell, MD, School of Medicine Scholarship, made possible by the Barksdale Foundation Account, promotes excellence and educational benefits for School of Medicine students derived from a diverse student population. It is awarded to a first-year student who is a Mississippi resident. Recipients are selected by the School of Medicine scholarship and awards committee based on prior academic achievement, potential for success in medicine and accepted institutional financial aid guidelines. It is renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing. Recipients must commit to reside and practice medicine in Mississippi for five years.
    • Nina Bess Goss-Moffitt, MD, Scholarship, established by Dr. Ellis M. Moffitt in 1999 in memory of his wife, Dr. Goss-Moffitt, who was a longtime member of the Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior faculty. It is awarded to a female student based on need and potential for successful completion of the four-year curriculum. It is renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing.
    • National Medical Fellowship was established by the National Medical Fellowship Foundation to assist minority students in their first year of medical school.
    • Norman C. Nelson, M.D., Scholarships, established as the Dean's Scholarships in 1988, were redesignated in the name of Dr. Norman C. Nelson in 1994 to honor  his 21-year tenure as vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. Nelson Scholarships are awarded to superior students who have exceptional academic potential and are renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing.
    • New York Life Scholarship Fund is funded by New York Life Insurance Co. It provides one or two scholarships to entering medical students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise.
    • Orr-Russwurm Memorial Scholarship Fund provides financial support to a student planning a full- or part-time career in Christian missionary work.
    • William K. Purks, MD, Scholarship, established by the Vicksburg Hospital Medical Foundation in 1990, is awarded to a freshman based on outstanding academic achievement, character and potential in the field of medicine. It is renewable for each year of medical school.
    • Regions Bank Scholarship, established in 1986 as the AmSouth Bank Scholarship, goes to a senior in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and promise in the field of medicine.
    • Ottilie Schillig Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1984 through a gift from the Schillig Trust. Miss Schillig, a native of Port Gibson, was a noted concert singer. At least one scholarship is available each year in the School of Medicine. Recipients must be in good academic standing, and preference is given to students who intend to practice in smaller Mississippi towns and communities.
    • Dr. Robert E. and Margaret Shands Memorial Fund was established in 1963 by Mrs. Shands in memory of her husband, Dr. Shands, a medical certificate alumnus of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and past president of the Medical Alumni Chapter. The Shands children redesignated the scholarship as a memorial to both their parents in 2000.
    • Southern Medical Association Scholarship, established by the Southern Medical Association, recognizes superior third-year students with financial need.
    • E.H. Sumners Foundation Scholarships were established in 1977 by Mrs. E.H. Sumners of Eupora to assist UMMC students from Webster, Montgomery, Attala, Carroll and Choctaw counties.
    • Trustmark National Bank Scholarship, established in 1988, is awarded to a junior in recognition of scholastic excellence.
    •  Dr. Victor W. Yawn Scholarship honors Dr. Yawn, a family doctor who practiced in south Jackson and served as a part-time faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine. It is awarded to an outstanding student chosen by the Family Medicine Department.
    • Pearl L. and Otis Walters Scholarship was established through a bequest from Mr. and Mrs. Walters to the University of Mississippi Foundation.
    • John Houston Wear Foundation Scholarships, established by the Wear Foundation, aids worthy students based on academic excellence
    • L.D. Webb, MD, Memorial Scholarship was established in 1990 with a bequest from Dr. Webb. A two-year alumnus of the Ole Miss School of Medicine who earned his M.D. at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Webb was in family practice in Calhoun City for more than 35 years. First-year students who demonstrate financial need and academic promise are eligible. It is renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing. Preference is given to students from northeast Mississippi.
    • Dr. Bill Weatherford Memorial Scholarship was established in 1984. The recipient must be a Jackson County resident with demonstrated financial need.
    • Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship was established by the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. It is awarded to a female student with financial need
    • Douglass Wills Memorial Fund was established in 1969 by classmates in memory of Douglass Wills. Scholarships are given to sophomores who demonstrate promise in medicine, financial need and good character.
    • Hazel Wilmington Medical Scholarship, established in 1992, is awarded to a freshman based on demonstrated financial need and overall promise in the field of medicine. It is renewable each year for recipients in good academic standing.
    • Charles Preston Winters Scholarship, established in December 1997 by the Charles Preston Winters Foundation of West Point, is awarded to a senior who is going into pediatrics. It is a memorial to Charles Preston Winters, who operated the Winters Hardwood Dimension Co. in West Point for many years. Preference is given to students who plan to practice in Mississippi.