Please take time to read the requirements of each scholarship carefully. Be sure to list them as requested in the EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application, including additional information as required by each scholarship. 

It is important that you:

  • Review and list scholarships by name for which you think you would be eligible for consideration.
  • Use correct grammar and check your spelling.
  • Briefly explain why you are an eligible candidate. Do not just attach your curricula vitae.
  • Do not miss your application deadline. See the EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application for deadlines.

How to qualify

To be considered for a need-based scholarship, a student's needs analysis results must fall within the neediest 25th percentile of the student body. The needs analysis is based on the results of the FAFSA and additional asset information gathered in the application process. Scholarship availability may fluctuate annually based on the number of eligible candidates, endowment earnings and available funds.

John B. Baines Scholarship

History: H.C. Hofheimer, II, established this scholarship in 1994 in gratitude for the advice and assistance that Mr. Baines rendered to the H.C. Hofheimer, II, Foundation. Mr. Baines’ son, Dr. Bryan N. Baines, is a graduate of EVMS.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student of the School of Medicine based on financial need.

Ernestine Boyce Scholarship

History: Ernestine Boyce established this scholarship for a deserving medical student who otherwise would not be able to attend medical school.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with financial need.

Barton A. Cohen Scholarship

History: Dr. Barton A. Cohen died at the age of 29 while a resident at Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Cohen’s colleagues at the Medical College of Virginia established this scholarship in 1971.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually based on demonstrated financial need and good academic standing.

Community Faculty Student Scholarship

History: This scholarship was established by the community faculty of EVMS to help ease the financial burden of the cost of medical school.  

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually based on enrollment in the medical program at EVMS, financial need and good academic standing.

Ann Scott Daughtry Medical Education Scholarship

History: Ann Scott Daughtry established this scholarship for a deserving medical student.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student with demonstrated financial need.

French-Wallace-Anderson Scholarship

History: The Norfolk Academy of Medicine Auxiliary established this scholarship June 4, 1991, in honor of Dr. William H. French and Dr. Kenneth Wallace.   

Dr. French was a Virginian only by marriage to the cousin of Frances Newman Wallace. He was a pediatrician much decorated by foreign countries for his work, particularly with asthmatic children. He was one of only five Americans ever to receive the Austrian Gold Cross. The framed collage of his medals shall remain on display in EVMS' Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library.

Dr. Wallace, an esteemed radiologist in Norfolk, has served as President of the Norfolk Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually based on enrollment in the medical program at EVMS, demonstrated academic excellence and demonstrated financial need.

Robert B. and Ruth M. Glisson Memorial Scholarship

History: Graduating from his Georgia high school at 16, Robert Glisson met his future wife while visiting his uncle, who was married to Ruth’s aunt. Originally from Deland, Florida, Ruth Glisson attended High Point College with Robert. After graduation, Robert joined the naval reserves around the time of the Korean War. 

The Glissons relocated to Norfolk, where they stayed and raised their two children, Britton and Amy. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on May 15, 2004, shortly before Ruth passed away on August 27 the same year. Robert Glisson established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Ruth.

Criteria: Awarded annually to a student in the MD program at EVMS based on academic merit and financial need.

Samuel Goldback Scholarship

History: J. Samuel Goldback, a lifelong resident of Norfolk, established this scholarship through a gift from his estate. Unable to continue his education due to the financial struggles of his time, Mr. Goldback left this bequest to help assure that others could obtain their educational goals.

Criteria: This is an annual scholarship for students selected by the Scholarship Committee based on ability and financial need. This scholarship may be in addition to another scholarship if the student is deemed worthy. The annual amount and number of awards is determined annually.

Helen O. Hill Memorial Scholarship

History: A longtime resident of Suffolk, Helen O. Hill bequeathed a generous portion of her estate to be used for scholarships for EVMS students. This fund helps students as they strive for academic excellence and the ultimate goal of becoming caring, compassionate physicians. 

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student based on financial need and academic excellence.

Sentara Endowed Scholarship

History: Sentara established this scholarship to help ease the burden of medical school tuition for a student, preferably from the Tidewater Region.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a medical student who demonstrates financial need and is a resident of the Tidewater region of Virginia.

Mary Lewis and Charles Weddle Scholarship

History: Mary Lewis Weddle established this scholarship in 2007. 

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually based on enrollment in the medical program at EVMS, demonstrated academic excellence and demonstrated financial need.

Annette Kagan Memorial Scholarship

History: From Santa Cruz, California, and a graduate of the University of Southern California, Annette Kagan passed away during her second year as a medical student at EVMS. She was a member of the pediatrics club at EVMS with a special interest in holistic medicine. Dr. Anas M. El-Mahdi led the efforts of her friends to create this scholarship in 1990 in her memory.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student based on financial need.

David Scott Memorial Scholarship

History: This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Scott, a faculty member at EVMS.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a first-year medical student at EVMS who has successfully completed the EVMS Medical Master's program and demonstrates financial need.

Alice and Harry Pariser Endowed Scholarship

History: Established in 2000 by Dr. and Mrs. Harry Pariser, the Alice and Harry Pariser Endowed Scholarship makes it possible for a promising student with significant financial need to earn a medical degree from EVMS. 

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to one student, enrolled in the medical program at EVMS, who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is renewable throughout attendance (up to four years). Upon graduation, a new recipient is selected. 

M. W. Talbot Scholarship

History: Ms. Caroline Talbot established this scholarship in memory of M. W. Talbot. 

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the school of medicine based on financial need.

EVMS School of Medicine Scholarship

History: Eastern Virginia Medical School established this scholarship to help ease the burden of tuition for a student enrolled in the medical program.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the medical program at EVMS based on financial need.

Sidney S. and Odie B. Kellam Scholarship

History: Established in 1992 by Virginia Beach Federal Savings Bank, the Sidney S. and Odie B. Kellam Scholarship award recognizes Sidney Kellam's distinguished service as a member of the original Board of Commissioners of EVMS and the first Chairman of the Board of Humana Hospital Bayside, as well as his lifelong interest in the areas of healthcare and education.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student based on financial need and academic excellence.

Dorothy Middleton Memorial Scholarship

History: This scholarship for a Virginia resident was funded by an endowment bequeathed by the late Dorothy M. Middleton of Norfolk. The first award occurred in 2011. This scholarship helps promising students overcome the financial burden that weighs heavily on many aspiring doctors. It is awarded to an incoming student each year. This scholarship will be renewable for an additional three years (four years of tuition total), subject to satisfactory academic progress.  

Criteria: The scholarship for full, in-state tuition is awarded annually based on the following:

  • Virginia residency
  • Academic excellence based on entering grades and scores 
  • Financial need based on FAFSA and needs analysis. 
  • Final candidates of this scholarship may be required to interview with the selection committee.

In addition to completing the EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application, please write 350 to 500 words on what it would mean to you to receive this scholarship for medical school.

This scholarship is renewable for up to four years total based on continued academic excellence. Only incoming students are considered annually for this award.

The Manser Scholarship

History: A family who wished to pay special tribute to the skilled and compassionate care their father received under the care of Dr. Thomas J. Manser, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at EVMS, made a special donation to EVMS in April 2002. The donors directed that Dr. Manser be given the honor of directing all the expenditures from this fund. Dr. Manser decided that the funds should be used to enhance and promote EVMS educational programs for medical students and Internal Medicine residents. The outcome includes this scholarship to support education and living expenses of a student. Dr. Manser hopes that recipients of this scholarship consider making a similar scholarship gift once they are established in their careers.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student based on financial need.

How to qualify

Merit-based scholarships will be awarded based on past grade point average, a current transcript and possibly test scores. In some cases, the EVMS Registrar may provide student progress information.

Verizon Scholarship

History: Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) established this scholarship in 1990.

Criteria: This scholarship is awarded to a medical student based on academic excellence and renewed based on continued academic excellence.

EVMS Alumni Scholarship

History: This scholarship was originally established in 1989 with support from the EVMS Alumni Association and other Doctor of Medicine Alumni.    

Criteria: This is a merit-based scholarship for a fourth-year medical school student with a proven record of community service and leadership at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

As students begin their medical school education, some already have an idea of the field of medicine in which they are interested. Others may still be determining their final path. These scholarships are designed for students later in their medical school education who have determined what path their interest will take. Students must have a clear intent within the field in order to be considered for the scholarship. Carefully read and follow instructions for any scholarship of interest.

Dr. C. J. Andrews Scholarship

History: The Dr. C. J. Andrews Scholarship was established in 1983 by OB/GYN Association of Tidewater, Inc., in honor of Dr. William C. Andrews.

Criteria: The recipient of the Dr. C. J. Andrews Scholarship will be a rising fourth-year medical student at EVMS who demonstrates a particular interest in OB/GYN.

Max Comess Scholarship

History: This scholarship was established in memory of Max Comess by his wife and children. 

Criteria: Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a student or resident of EVMS pursing research in renal medicine.

Nancy Upton Thiemeyer Scholarship Fund

History: Nancy Upton Thiemeyer was the daughter of Nannie and Luther Upton. The scholarship was established in memory of Nancy by her husband, Dr. Thiemeyer, and Upton Farms.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising fourth-year student in the medical program at EVMS who intends to go into post-graduate training in orthopedic surgery.

Theresa Thomas Foundation Scholarship

History: This scholarship was established in 1993 by the Theresa A. Thomas Foundation.

Criteria: Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a student who elects to specialize in primary care. The scholarship will be converted to a loan if the student recipient does not meet the requirements of entering into primary care residency.

Nannie and Luther Upton Scholarship

History: Established in 1976, the Nannie and Luther Upton Scholarship was established by their children. Upton Farms, of Suffolk, Virginia, has been a strong supporter of this fund as well.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who plans to go into post-graduate training in orthopedic surgery.

James E. Etheridge, Jr., MD, and Ahmad A. Shoaibi, MD/St. Mary's Home Scholarship

Criteria: The scholarship is given to a fourth-year medical student who is a Virginia resident and has expressed interest in pediatrics. The recipient is encouraged to practice pediatrics in Eastern Virginia. 

Captain David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment

The Captain David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment was established to honor the memory of David M. Brown, one of the seven astronauts who died in the space shuttle Columbia accident on February 1, 2003. 

David Brown was a true renaissance man – gymnast, circus performer, pilot, medical doctor, Navy flight surgeon, Navy jet pilot, astronaut and videographer. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1982. All of Dave’s friends agree that he was the most modest overachiever they had ever met. 

The scholarship was established through a permanent endowment by family and friends to provide financial assistance to medical students at EVMS. The recipients demonstrate academic excellence and a spirit of exploration and service. The hope is that David Brown’s life and achievements will be an inspiration to all future EVMS students. 

David McDowell Brown was born April 16, 1956, to Dorothy and Paul Brown of Arlington, Virginia. Educated in Virginia from elementary school through medical school, Dave became interested in science, football and gymnastics in high school. He continued as a gymnast while majoring in biology at the College of William & Mary. He even worked a summer with Circus Kingdom as an acrobat, unicyclist and stilt walker.

Those summer and part-time jobs paid for Dave’s flying lessons. Dave soloed for the first time on July 8, 1978. Flying was such a passion of his that later, while in the Navy, he eventually owned a home located on a small airport. Dave joked, “I bought a hangar and a house came with it.” He needed that hangar for his own two light aircraft.

Dave graduated from EVMS in 1982 with a class full of friends, especially Gordon Iiams, his roommate and lifelong friend. Dave had planned to become a family practice doctor but wanted to do something more exciting first. After completing his internship, Dave joined the Navy, serving on two aircraft carriers as a flight surgeon. His skills as a videographer came to the forefront when he created a training film for flight surgeons on preparations for cold weather flight operations and earned him recognition as Navy Flight Surgeon of the Year.

Originally assigned to the STS-107 mission on July 25, 2000, it would be nearly three years before David and his fellow crewmates would leave Earth’s atmosphere onboard the Columbia space shuttle on January 16, 2003. Dave was responsible for many experiments that were completed, and he participated in others. 

As David’s family and friends shared, David trained for two years for the STS-107 space mission. During Columbia’s two weeks in space, David and his crewmates oversaw 85 experiments, some of which amazingly survived the accident. We watched David float in space and work on his experiments and listened to him tell us about his wonderful experiences. David always knew that there were risks, and he accepted them. It was an incredible mission only marred by a final bad act.

After an extremely productive 16 days in space, Dave and his crewmates prepared the space shuttle Columbia for its journey home. Tragically, on February 1, 2003, a damaged wing resulted in the Columbia breaking apart on reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over Texas. 

The day before Columbia’s reentry, David shared much of his feelings about the trip with friends and family. He closed by writing, “If I’d been born in space, I know I would desire to visit the beautiful Earth more than I’ve ever yearned to visit to space. It’s a wonderful planet.”

Visit the Captain David Brown collection on display in the Brickell Atrium at EVMS.

Criteria

The recipient of the Captain David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment will be:

  • A first-year medical student enrolled at EVMS who has an interest in aerospace medicine or explorative medical research. 
  • Recipients of this scholarship will continue to be awarded the fund in the subsequent three years, as long as he or she maintains good academic standing and enrollment at EVMS.
  • Along with the EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application, please complete the Capt. David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment application form and required narrative. 

Scholarships based on location typically refer to residency, either state or locality. Sometimes they refer to undergraduate alma maters or perhaps employee status. 

Kent Adams Memorial Scholarship

History: Kent Adams graduated from West Springfield High School in 1971 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of William & Mary in 1975. For a time, he pursued a medical tech career at University of Virginia before transferring to George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C., to be closer to home. There, Kent worked on cardiovascular projects and in the heart catheterization laboratory at George Washington University Hospital. He received his Master of Science from Georgetown University in Physiology in 1982. While at GW, Kent was mentored by a physician who encouraged him to pursue a career in medicine. Kent took his advice, completed his prerequisites at GW, applied to EVMS and was accepted into the medical program.

On the day of his final exam at GW, he was tragically killed in an auto accident. Kent’s parents established the Kent Adams Memorial Scholarship to perpetuate his memory.

Criteria: The recipient of this scholarship must be a rising third- or fourth-year student enrolled in the EVMS medical program and Virginia resident. The student must also have a declared intent in the specialty of cardiology and have demonstrated financial need.

T. Ray Hassell Memorial Scholarship

History: Judge Richard S. Bray and Molly Hassell established the T. Ray Hassell Memorial Scholarship in 1998. This award honors and memorializes Mr. Hassell’s legacy of dedicated service to the citizens of Chesapeake and the Commonwealth of Virginia for generations to come.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually for a four-year period to a student from Chesapeake, Virginia, who has demonstrated both financial need and academic excellence.

M. Kirwan King, MD, Memorial Scholarship

History: The M. Kirwan King, MD, Memorial Scholarship was established by his widow, Mrs. Cherry Martin King, and family to provide scholarships for students pursuing a medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School. A native of Haynesville, Virginia, 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 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 his loan would be forgiven and that at some point in the future he should "pay it forward."

Criteria: This scholarship is based on need and is for students enrolled in the MD program who are from a rural area. 

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

  • Medical student with ties* to the Northern Neck of Virginia (which includes Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster counties of Virginia), or
  • Medical student with ties* to the Eastern Shore, or
  • Medical student with ties* to an alternate rural area of Virginia
    • Isserman rural definition: A rural county is one in which the county’s population density is less than 500 people per square mile, and 90 percent 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: Defined as a student who was a resident or graduated high school in the area.

C. E. Thurston Scholarship

History: Mr. C. E. Thurston, Jr., of Norfolk, Virginia, established this scholarship fund in 1981. The first award was made in 1986. 

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) who is a medical student at EVMS and demonstrates academic merit as well as a mature interest in, and dedication to, the American Enterprise System.

Should the pool of students not meet the criteria outlined above, the scholarship may be awarded to another student for a one-year time period.

Dr. Jock R. Wheeler Endowed Scholarship

History: This scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of Dr. Jock R. Wheeler. 

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who is a Virginia resident and demonstrates academic excellence as this is a merit based scholarship.

Dr. John W. Baker Jr. Memorial Scholarship

History: The Dr. John W. Baker Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. John Baker, who passed away in his late 50s. Dr. Baker was a general and thoracic surgeon with Norfolk Surgical Group, as well as a professor at EVMS. 

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Employee Endowed Scholarship

History: 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.

Criteria: 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.
  • The student must be 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.

The Challen Endowment Scholarship

History: The Challen Endowment Scholarship was established in 1991 by the Challen Family Revocable Trust, with the wishes of Bruce W. and Theresa O. Challen. 

Criteria: The recipient of the Challen Endowment Scholarship must be a native of the Virginia (to have been born in the state and lived therein for the majority of his or her life) intending to remain in the state during his or her professional service who has demonstrated financial need and is enrolled in the medical program at EVMS.

How to qualify

Scholarships awarded based on diversity rely on the student's answers on the EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application. Failure to disclose during the admissions or financial aid process will restrict eligibility for this type of scholarship. 

L. D. Britt, MD, MPH Scholarship

History: The L.D. Britt, MD, MPH Endowed Scholarship was established in 1995 in recognition of Dr. Britt's dedication to medicine and philanthropy. A native of Suffolk and graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Britt has had extensive surgical and critical care training. He is Professor and Chairman of EVMS Surgery and holds the Brickhouse Chair in Surgery.

The first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery, Dr. Britt is the first African-American in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be appointed Professor of Surgery. The recipient of numerous awards and honors acknowledging his accomplishments in surgery and excellence in teaching, Dr. Britt is the recipient of the nation's highest teaching award in medicine: the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

A distinguished member of several state, national and international organizations, Dr. Britt is actively involved in numerous church and community activities. He has authored numerous scientific publications and has been a reviewer and served on the editorial boards of several noted surgery journals. Former President George W. Bush recognized Dr. Britt's leadership role in medicine and nominated him to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The United States Senate confirmed this nomination in August 2002. Community leaders have established both a medical school scholarship and community service award in his name.

Dr. Britt served as the 91st President of the American College of Surgeons in 2010-11. 

Criteria: The following criteria is used in selecting a recipient:

  • A member of an underrepresented student population at EVMS
  • Applicant with acceptance to EVMS medical program
  • A minimum science GPA of 3.2 and competitive MCAT scores
  • Evidence of participation in collegiate organizations/activities
  • Demonstrated leadership, community service and exposure to medicine
  • Demonstrated financial need

Dozoretz Endowed Scholarship

History: Dr. and Mrs. Ron Dozoretz and family established this scholarship in 2006. Dr. Dozoretz has served as a community faculty member at EVMS, and he is a champion for education and healthcare. 

Criteria: The recipient of this scholarship must be an entering medical student to EVMS, who graduated from Norfolk State and is a member of an underrepresented student population at EVMS.

Lillie P. Walker Scholarship

History: Caroline B. Talbot established this scholarship in memory of Lillie P. Walker, RN.

Criteria: The scholarship is awarded annually to a female student enrolled in the medical program at EVMS who has demonstrated financial need and academic excellence.

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Hampton Roads Scholarship Fund

History: The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Hampton Roads (AAPI-HR) established this fund in 2011. One scholarship award is made each fiscal year in the amount of $5,000 for one student. Applications for the AAPI-HR scholarship awards shall be accepted and reviewed by EVMS in accordance with the EVMS Scholarship Committee guidelines in effect at the time the award is made.

Criteria: Each year, the following tiered approach is used to identify a candidate:

  • Scholarship awardees shall be first-year medical students of Indian origin.
    • Students with ties to Hampton Roads area will receive first consideration. 
  • In addition, scholarship awardees shall:
    • Demonstrate merit as evidenced by documentation filed with EVMS Financial Aid and any other such documentation or information as the EVMS Scholarship Committee may require
    • Obtain endorsement from an American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin – Hampton Roads Executive Committee member
    • Write a 250 to 500 word essay and submit with their EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application. AAPI-HR is an organization of Physicians of Indian Origin committed to giving back to the community of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Our motto is service, charity and education. Please describe briefly how you would incorporate our organizational values as a student at EVMS and in future as a practicing/academic physician.

Edward L. Hamm Jr. Scholarship

History: Established in 2000 by Edward L. Hamm, Jr., this scholarship honored then-EVMS President Sumner Bell, whom Hamm greatly admired.

A graduate of Hampton University, Mr. Hamm has a diverse business career which spans over 40 years. Hamm is President and CEO of E.L. Hamm & Associates, Inc. A longtime champion of education, he has served in volunteer leadership positions at Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. At EVMS, he has served on the Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees. 

Criteria: The selection of each candidate will be based on the following criteria:

  • A member of an underrepresented student population at EVMS
  • Enrolled in the medical degree program at EVMS
  • A graduate of Hampton University