The scholarship links are for various health professions programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The application is due as listed on that form. Be sure to list your full name on each page of documentation. Carefully examine your application for completeness, spelling and grammar.

Don't forget to explore outside resources for other scholarship or grant opportunities, such as the H-1B workforce grant.


The fund was established in 1990 by various donors comprised of EVMS administrative staff. The Administrative Resource Council has held many fundraisers on campus over the years and directs the proceeds to this scholarship. 


The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in one of the health professions programs on a rotating basis.


Established in 2001, this scholarship was created in honor of Dr. H. MacDonald “Mac” Rimple, a distinguished physician, an Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service and the former Eastern Regional Director of the Virginia Department of Health. 


The scholarship will be awarded annually to a first-year student enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at EVMS, based on financial need.

This scholarship is awarded by the EVMS Art Therapy & Counseling program to one rising second-year student who demonstrates financial need and excellence academically and in self-expression of his/her artist-therapist identity in artwork and written commentary. The monetary value of the scholarship varies yearly and is dependent upon the growth of the funding source. The scholarship is awarded as tuition remission.

History and biography

This scholarship was created in 1997 in memory of art therapist James J. Consoli, ATR-BC, LPC (1956-1997), and additional funds were given in 2014 in memory of Meghan Kirkpatrick (1987-2014).

Jim Consoli earned a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from George Washington University. He was a registered and Board-certified art therapist, a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Tennessee and Virginia and an AAMFT approved supervisor. He held a faculty position at EVMS from 1990-1997. At the time of his early passing, Jim was the Assistant Director of the EVMS Art Therapy & Counseling program and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He served a term as president of the Virginia Art Therapy Association. He presented locally, nationally and internationally and was an instructor on the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) Family Art Therapy Regional symposium team. James Consoli is best remembered for his strong artist-therapist identity, playful sense of humor and interests in family therapy, hypnosis and visualization and the creation of educational videos. He was instrumental in his contributions to a major curriculum revision of the Art Therapy & Counseling program in 1990, which included a new studio course in Processes and Materials of Art Psychotherapy, the development of the family therapy specialization track and the alignment of coursework with the potential for licensure of graduates as professional counselors. In his 1991 film, Psychimagery, he used a technique he called "ushered imagery" to allow patients to serve as their own guide in order to create personal solutions through their own empowerment. Jim served as the first video reviewer for Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. He is now remembered through the Jim Consoli Video/Film Award, given by the AATA in recognition of a video or film of high quality that adds to the existing fund of knowledge about the field of art therapy.

From a very early age, Meghan Kirkpatrick discovered her joy and talent were connected to art. That led her to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree at a small liberal arts college. Upon graduation, unsure of how to best utilize her education, she worked almost 2 years at a graphic design company. During her time there, she came to realize that this was not going to be her career. In the fall of 2011, after plenty of soul searching and an equal amount of trepidation, she entered the EVMS Art Therapy & Counseling program. The classes, fellow students and faculty all led her to understand that becoming an art therapist was exactly what she wanted to be doing with her life. Always a compassionate person, she looked forward to the opportunity to affect others' lives through art therapy. Unfortunately, the cancer that Meghan was initially diagnosed with at age 12 returned after the completion of her first year at EVMS and ended her hopes of returning to complete her degree and sadly, her life. It is hoped this award will help another student with the same aspirations as Meghan to complete their studies and allow them to pursue this worthy career. 

Criteria and application

This scholarship is awarded to a student progressing into the second year of the EVMS Art Therapy & Counseling program. 

The scholarship will be awarded based on the following:

  • Student must have a GPA of at least 3.5
  • Student needs to demonstrate financial need, as determined by EVMS Financial Aid, based on the evaluation of submission of the following:
    • EVMS Online Financial Aid Application
    • FASFA form
    • All applicable forms are available on the student portal or the Financial Aid website. Please note deadlines posted on the Financial Aid website.
  • Submission of the completed James Consoli Scholarship application.
  • Submission of a qualifying art piece and accompanying written statement.
    • The artwork (in any media/style) should conceptualize the development of your artist-therapist identity. The accompanying written statement (i.e. prose, poetry, dialogue) should describe what you sense, feel, think and know from the artwork.

The artwork, application form and commentary must be delivered to the program by the last day of the spring semester of the first year of program.

Evaluation and award process

The James J. Consoli Scholarship Committee, comprised of the EVMS Art Therapy & Counseling program Director and core faculty, will select the winner based on completeness of the application and the evaluation of the following:

  1. The artwork’s ability to stand on its own merit as a work of art.
  2. The congruency between the written statement and the artwork.
  3. Conceptualization of the theme: Development of your artist/therapist identity.

EVMS faculty will determine the winner and EVMS Financial Aid will notify the award winner during the summer. The winner of the scholarship will receive a certificate, a financial tuition remission and will have their artwork and written statement prominently displayed on campus for one year.


As a founding partner of Valleywide Surgical Services located in Phoenix, Arizona, and the past president of the National Surgical Assistant Association (NSAA), Eugene O. Smith advocated firmly for the advanced education of surgical assistants. Mr. Smith worked tirelessly to develop high educational standards for the NSAA and served for many years as its president. The Eugene Smith Scholarship was established in 2011 in his memory as the first scholarship fund at EVMS specifically designated for a surgical assistant. The Eugene O. Smith Scholarship recipient reflects the vision of Eugene Smith, by demonstrating the following qualities: a commitment to excellence in the classroom, promise as a leader among their peers, a spirit of professional stewardship and a dedication to ever expanding their command of the science and art of surgical assisting.


The scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year Surgical Assisting student enrolled at EVMS who demonstrates the following:

  • a commitment to excellence in the classroom
  • promise as a leader among their peers
  • a spirit of professional stewardship
  • dedication to ever expanding his or her command of the science and art of surgical assisting

Final selection made by Financial Aid in conjunction with the program.


Established in January 2011 in tandem with the Inaugural EVMS Scholarship Reception, this fund was endowed by the close of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011. It was awarded for the first time in 2011.


The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Physician Assistant program at EVMS.


Established in January 2011 in tandem with the Inaugural EVMS Scholarship Reception, this fund was endowed by the close of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2011. The first award was made to a student in 2011. 


The scholarship will be awarded annually on a rotating basis to a student enrolled in one of the following programs at EVMS: Master of Physician Assistant, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Art Therapy & Counseling and Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Research.


Established in 1998 by EVMS, the Employee Endowed Scholarship is awarded to children of full-time faculty and other employees of EVMS. Scholarships are limited in number based on available funding each academic year.


The recipient of the Employee Endowed Scholarship Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • The student must be enrolled in an EVMS degree-granting program of study and in good academic standing.
  • The student must be the child of either a full-time faculty member or other employee of EVMS who has a minimum of one year of service. 
  • If the employee is no longer employed by EVMS, the scholarship is not renewable.
  • The student must indicate eligibility on the EVMS Online Financial Aid Application by requesting the scholarship.
  • The student must provide documentation as to the name of and relationship to the qualifying employee.