School of Medicine announces creation of two new scholarships

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

The first scholarship was created by Dr. Clark D. Adkins, a member of the SOM class of 1989, through the school’s “Adopt a Medical Student” program, which is a graduated giving program that allows gifts to be made annually until the fund becomes fully endowed.

The Dr. Clark D. Adkins Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a first-year medical student who is a West Virginia resident and has financial need as per Office of Student Financial Assistance standards. Adkins, who is an orthopaedic surgeon in Charleston, created the scholarship in January.

The second scholarship, the Marshall Health Scholarship, will be awarded to a first-year medical student and will be renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

“We are very grateful to Dr. Adkins and to Marshall Health for their generous contributions to our scholarships,” said Linda S. Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs.  “Dr. Adkins understands the importance of paying it forward and his support is certainly inspiring. Additionally, Marshall Health continues to be our very important partner in helping finance the medical education of our state’s future doctors and we thank them for their invaluable assistance.”