School of Medicine announces the creation of several new scholarships


Several new scholarships have been established at the  Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to assist medical students with their educational expenses.  They are:

  • The Anthony M. Alberico, MD, Scholarship, whichwill be awarded to a first-year medical student who has financial need under the Office of Student Financial Assistance standards. Dr. Anthony Alberico, chairman of the department of neuroscience for the School of Medicine, created the scholarship, which is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.
  • The Virginia D. Kirkwood Scholarship, which will be awarded to a first-year medical student who is a resident of West Virginia. The scholarship is renewable pending normal academic progress.  It was created by Virginia Kirkwood, who earned her bachelor’s degree from then-Marshall College in 1954 and then went on to a 30-year teaching career in Ohio.
  • The Dr. Ezra B. Riber Scholarship, which has been established by Dr. Ezra Riber, Class of 1984, in memory of his parents, Hanna and Israel Riber, and in honor of his wife, Mandy, and their two children.  The recipient will be an in-state, first-year medical student and is renewable pending normal academic progress.  First preference will go to students who are environmentally conscientious and involved in sustainability efforts. Second preference will be given to students displaying leadership qualities.
  • The Dr. Catherine Anne Gallant Steele Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to a rising fourth-year medical student who is interested in psychiatry. Steele was a graduate of the Class of 1986, and practiced medicine as a psychiatrist before her death in March 2014.
  • The Larry and Cheryl Tweel Scholarship, which was created by the Tweels, who live in Huntington. The scholarship will be awarded to an entering medical student with first preference to a Cabell or Wayne County resident. The second preference will go to a student from Lawrence County, Ohio or Boyd County, Ky. This award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.
  • The Dr. Monica L. Richey Walker Scholarship, which will be awarded to a full-time, first-year medical student who displays academic excellence and has financial need as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.  It was created by Dr. Monica L. Richey Walker, a member of the Class of 1986 and a practicing dermatologist in Florida.  First preference will be given to a student from Wellsburg, W.Va., second preference will be given to a resident of Brooke County and third preference to an in-state student.
  • The 1439 Scholarship, which was created by Dr. Steve C. Lochow in honor of Dr. Kevin M. Milam, Class of 2002, who passed away earlier this year from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  The scholarship will be awarded to a first-year medical student who is a resident of West Virginia and a nontraditional student.  The scholarship was initially funded through a special event, Walk for Kev, which occurred in May at Ritter Park.

For more information on the scholarships or to make a gift to the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, contact Linda Holmes at (304) 6.91-1711 or holmes@marshall.edu.