Alpha Natural Resources creates School of Medicine scholarship

Alpha Natural Resources has created a newly endowed scholarship at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

The Alpha Natural Resources Scholarship will be available to first-year medical students, with first preference given to a child of an Alpha Natural Resources employee and second preference to a student from one of the counties in which the company has an operation. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

Alpha agreed to transition the remaining funds from the Doctors for Our Communities (DOC) program, a loan program initiated by Alpha predecessor Massey Energy that encouraged Marshall medical students to practice rural medicine after residency completion, into a new scholarship.

“I want to thank Alpha for fulfilling the DOCs loan program commitment and agreeing to use existing money from the loan program to endow a scholarship,” said Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs for the School of Medicine. “This endowment will keep the past generosity of Alpha current by providing support to future medical students with a connection to the company.”