M. Kirwan King, MD Memorial Scholarship


The M. Kirwan King, M.D. Memorial Scholarship was established by his widow, Mrs. Cherry Martin King and family to provide scholarships for students pursuing a M.D. degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School.  A native of Haynesville, VA, Dr. King retired in 1980 from private practice as a surgeon.  He was a former chief of surgery at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Norfolk, VA and a former chief of staff of Norfolk General Hospital and Leigh Memorial Hospital.

Dr. King graduated in 1930 from the Medical College of Virginia and was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service.  During World War II, he served for two years as chief of surgery at the U.S. Public Health Service.  He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the International Board of Surgery and an honorary member of the Spanish College of Surgeons.  

Mrs. King and her family established this fund for a needy student because Dr. King was the recipient of a loan by a generous benefactor that allowed him to attend medical school.  At the time of his graduation from medical school, the benefactor told Dr. King that loan would be forgiven and that at some point in the future he should “pay it forward”.


This scholarship is based on need and is for students enrolled in the M.D. program, from a rural area. 

Each year, the following tiered approach would be used to identify the candidate:

  1. Medical student with ties* to the Northern Neck of VA, which includes Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster counties of Virginia; or
  2. Medical student with ties* to the Eastern Shore; or
  3. Medical student with ties* to an alternate rural area of Virginia (Isserman rural definition1: a rural county is one in which the county’s population density is less than 500 people/square mile, and 90% of the county population is in a rural area or the county has no urban area with a population of 10,000 or more).

*”ties” is defined as a student who was a resident/graduated high school