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AARP – Blacksburg Chapter Gerontology Scholarship

The AARP–Blacksburg Chapter Gerontology Scholarship Fund was established by the Blacksburg AARP Chapter as part of fulfilling a provision in a Memorandum of Understanding signed May 18, 2010, which is designed to build stronger ties between the Blacksburg AARP and VCOM. The Blacksburg Chapter is committed to providing quality healthcare to senior citizens in the region. This scholarship fund is to be awarded to a VCOM Geriatric Fellow who intends to practice Geriatrics in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If there is not a Geriatric Fellow, the scholarship will be awarded to a fourth-year VCOM medical student who intends to become a Gerontologist and who will practice in Virginia.

William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship

The William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship was established by VCOM to honor the outstanding professional and public career of VCOM’s Founding Board of Director, Dr. William G. Anderson. His career included roles as a civil rights leader, osteopathic physician, surgeon, educator and hospital administrator. This scholarship recognizes an exceptional minority student at VCOM who is committed to the principals and practices of osteopathic medicine. The student must also be fully committed to addressing the educational, societal and health needs of minorities.

The Per Yngve Brolinson, DO, Rural Family Medicine Scholarship

The scholarship is established to honor and in memory of Per Yngve Brolinson, DO. It was instituted by his family, including his son, Per Gunnar Brolinson, DO, Vice Provost of Research, and family medicine/sports medicine physician for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and Virginia Tech, and Gunnar’s wife, Lesia Brolinson. Dr. Per Gunnar Brolinson’s dedication to family medicine and osteopathic medicine was inspired by his father’s professional life and the care he gave his patients.

Cornwell-Bireley Family Trust Scholarship

The Cornwell-Bireley Family Trust Scholarship promotes the profession of osteopathic physicians in the region of Bluefield, West Virginia. Upon receiving this scholarship, recipients commit to serving in the Bluefield region for one year for each year he or she received the scholarship.

Blake E. Fought Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Named in honor of Blake E. Fought, the son of Mark and Amy B. Fought, DO, Class of 2008, this scholarship was established by the Student Doctor Network to provide a lasting memorial to Blake and as a tribute to the Fought family.

Friends to Optometrists Scholarship

Founded by Eugene M. Bane, Jr., OD, in recognition of the positive relationship between osteopathic physicians and the profession of optometry, the recipient of this scholarship must commit to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Latonya M. Hendricks, DO, Scholarship

In recognition of Dr. Hendricks's commitment to VCOM and her profession, the College created a scholarship in her name. The Dr. Latonya M. Hendricks Scholarship will provide five $1,000 scholarships over the next five years to minority students enrolled at VCOM.

William B. and Ann F. Holtzman Endowed Medical Scholarship Fund

The William B. and Ann F. Holtzman Endowed Medical Scholarship Fund was established by the donors for a second-year medical student in good academic standing at VCOM. Preference is given to a student who plans to do primary care (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics or OB-GYN) and is a student whose home residence is from an area where Holtzman Oil Corporation does business. Holtzman Corporation currently operates in many locations in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Howard Levine Memorial Scholarship

The Howard Levine Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005 by family and friends of the late Howard Levine, DO. Dr. Levine practiced for many years in New Jersey and is remembered as compassionate and altruistic, as well as dedicated to the profession of osteopathic medicine. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student that has been a resident of New Jersey and who best embodies the osteopathic values.

Patricia A. Marden Women’s Health Award

The Patricia A. Marden Women’s Health Award was established in 2012 by Dr. David Marden, in honor of his mother. The award recognizes a student annually who excels in developing original research pertaining to women’s health. Recipients are selected by submitting papers which are evaluated based on the research and creative efforts to advance the knowledge of practitioners and women’s health.

F. W. “Sonny” Merryman Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship

The F.W. “Sonny” Merryman Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship was created by Frances T. Merryman, in honor of her late husband who was the founder of Sonny Merryman Inc., and a huge proponent of higher education. The scholarship is awarded to second year VCOM students with preference given to those from Virginia and who plan to remain in Virginia to practice primary care.

Dr. Hara and Biju Misra Student Research Award

The Dr. Hara and Biju Misra Student Research Award was created by their son, Bhaba Misra, DO, VCOM Class of 2007 to honor his parents, Dr. Hara Misra, professor emeritus at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and VCOM and his mother, Biju, a long-time supporter of the students, faculty and staff at VCOM. This award is given to students to assist with the travel expenses when presenting winning research posters at the annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition and other conferences.

The Margaret and Jimmi Narong Palmieri Rural Health Scholarship

The Margaret and Jimmi Narong Palmieri Rural Health Scholarship Fund was established by the friends and family of Margaret and Jimmi Palmieri for first-, second-, and third-year students whose career plan is to practice medicine in a town with a population under 15,000 in rural Virginia or Appalachia. The fund was originally established by James Palmieri, PhD, family, and friends in 2003 after his wife Margaret tragically lost her life while bicycling in a rural area of Virginia. Their son Jimmi passed from this earth in November of 2011 after an extended illness: thus, the addition of his name to the scholarship. Dr. Palmieri and his deceased wife adopted Jimmi from Bangkok, Thailand, in 1977 when he was just 16 days old.

Frank Butler Rocovich Wellness Scholarship

The Frank B. Rocovich Scholarship was set up in memory of Frank B. Rocovich, who served as VCOM-Virginia’s Activities Coordinator and worked closely to support the Via Wellness program to promote healthy minds, bodies and spirits for everyone at VCOM. Frank was also the son of VCOM founding chairman John G. Rocovich, Jr., JD LLM, and his wife, board member Sue Ellen Rocovich, DO, PhD, and is remembered warmly for his interactions around campus and commitment to VCOM. The scholarship goes to students who actively participate in the Via Wellness program at VCOM.

Niyati P. Sheth Scholarship for Excellence in Microbiology and Pharmacology

The Niyati P. Sheth Scholarship for Excellence in Microbiology and Pharmacology was created by Niyati P. Sheth, DO, Class of 2007. The Sheth Scholarship is for a VCOM-Virginia student how earns the highest grade in both microbiology and pharmacology. This is currently determined after the successful completion of block seven in the second academic calendar year.

Jeanne Horne Stosser Endowed Medical Scholarship

The Jeanne Horne Stosser Endowed Medical Scholarship is given to a student from Southwest Virginia. For the purpose of this scholarship, Southwest Virginia is considered all counties and cities west of Roanoke County, Virginia and inclusive of Roanoke County. Preference is given to a student who plans to do primary care (internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, or OB/GYN).

Megan Cornwell Thomas, DO, and William Thomas, DO, Endowed Medical Scholarship

The Megan Cornwell Thomas, DO, and William Thomas, DO, Endowed Medical Scholarship was created by Gary and Laura Cornwell and Megan Cornwell Thomas, DO, and William Thomas, DO. Both Megan and William Thomas are graduates of VCOM, Class of 2007. The Thomas scholarship is for to second year student and awarded to students who show their values align with those of the College. Preference is given to students from Southwest Virginia, who plan to go into the field of primary care.

Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA) Scholarship

The Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (VOMA) Scholarship was established in late 2010 for VCOM students who are committed to practice in Virginia upon completion of residency.  The scholarship fund is open to all donors who might be particularly interested in the healthcare needs of the citizens in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Emergency Funds

Dr. Jake Benner Medical Emergency Fund

The Jake Benner Medical Emergency Fund, established by Jake’s class (Class of 2013), will be available to students who face medical hardship. His strength, determination, and positive attitude throughout a battle with cancer, as a fourth year student, is an inspiration to his class, school, and community. This fund, in his honor, is a means of paying tribute to a truly remarkable person who left this life too soon after losing his battle with cancer on June 17, 2013. Through the benefit of this fund, Dr. Jake Benner will continue to be remembered. Besides the class, many of Jake’s family and friends have contributed to this fund.

Dr. Stephen Blood Emergency Fund

Established by the family, friends, and patients of Dr. Stephen Blood, this fund provides short-term loans to current VCOM students experiencing a crisis causing extreme financial distress that may threaten a student’s ability to continue his or her education at VCOM.

Residency Interview Travel Funds

Empress-Janeen Hughes Memorial Scholarship for Pediatrics

The Empress-Janeen Hughes Memorial Scholarship for Pediatrics was established by the friends and family of Empress Hughes, who tragically lost her life in an automobile accident on December 12, 2011, while en route to The Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia.  Empress was a first year resident who graduated from VCOM in 2011. The scholarship will be awarded to a VCOM fourth year student entering Pediatrics to be utilized for travel expenses incurred in seeking residency.  Empress, with her beautiful, radiant smile, will be remembered as a VCOM ambassador and leader who was always ready to assist as needed.

Rural Access Travel Scholarship Fund for Psychiatry – Virginia Campus

The Rural Access Fund for Psychiatry was established by Jason Grove, DO, who graduated from VCOM in 2007. Dr. Grove, from Maryland, completed a residency in psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth Health Systems in Richmond, Virginia, and is currently practicing at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. Dr. Grove realizes the urgent need for physicians in behavioral health. He also expresses appreciation for his education at VCOM and wishes to play a role in supporting the college by precepting students and establishing a fund to help deter costs of auditioning for a residency in psychiatry. The Rural Access Fund for Psychiatry will be awarded to a VCOM fourth year student entering psychiatry and will be utilized for travel expenses incurred in seeking residency.

Support for Students on International Rotations

J. Michael Bernardo Memorial Scholarship – Virginia Campus

In memory of Mike Bernardo, Class of 2010, the family and friends of this special student have chosen a scholarship based on service that is awarded to students who need assistance to reach out to an underserved population to provide free medical care. Mike Bernardo was serving on a Dominican medical mission when he lost his life, and he will be remembered for his commitment to serve those who were less fortunate. Mike’s preceptors described him as a student who had a gift for working with patients from all walks of life.

Ron Kindrick and Dean Willcox Global Outreach Scholarship – Virginia Campus

The Ron Kindrick and Dean Willcox Global Outreach Scholarship Fund is named in memory of Ron Kindrick, late husband of Jan M. Willcox, DO, Virginia Campus Dean. Ron was always present and supportive at key VCOM events. He was a founding member of the “VCOM Family” where his wife Jan was the founding Dean of Clinical Affairs. He enjoyed traveling extensively and, with Jan by his side, participated in numerous medical mission trips to assist families who were less fortunate. On these trips, Ron was a helpful volunteer and was willing to assist with whatever tasks were presented to him. The scholarship fund will be awarded to VCOM – Virginia students participating in the Global Health Outreach International rotation site.

The Women in Global Health Travel Scholarship – Carolinas Campus

The Women in Global Health Travel Scholarship Fund is an annual gift initially created by VCOM Carolinas faculty member Darlene Myles, DO, who in the summer of 2014 served as a first time preceptor on a VCOM outreach trip to the Dominican Republic. While there, Dr. Myles saw first-hand the value of the international outreach program to VCOM’s medical students. Dr. Myles returned and became an advocate for securing donors to fund an annual travel fund for deserving women. She, along with others, is funding this scholarship with an annual gift of $1,000.

Support Medical Supplies and Equipment in El Savador

Jimmi Narong Palmieri Pediatric Room Fund

VCOM is honored to announce the creation of the “Jimmi Narong Palmieri Pediatric Room”, honoring the late Jimmi Narong Palmieri, who was adopted by his parents, James Palmieri, PhD, VCOM Associate Professor, and the late Margaret Palmieri from an orphanage in Thailand when he was 16 days old. The Shalom Family Medical Center in El Salvador has a service area of over 170,000 in a medically underserved area. VCOM established a memorial orphanage outreach fund at the time of Jimmi’s death. Funds from the memorial are being used to purchase and update equipment for the pediatric exam room. VCOM is proud to partner with the clinic, which is owned by AMILAT (Asociacion Amigos para Latinoamerica) and associated with their children’s home, community school, and other humanitarian outreach throughout El Salvador.