December 1, 2015Six medical students who are receiving their clinical education at The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences have been awarded scholarships. Daniel Seale, a fourth-year medical student, was awarded the Frank Fitts, Jr. Endowed Scholarship for the second year in a row. The $5,000 award is given annually to medical students who bear a high debt load upon graduation. It was established in 1993 by Cynthia Ford (Fitts) Thomas to honor her late husband Frank Fitts, Jr., great-grandson of J.H. Fitts who established The University of Alabama’s first endowed scholarship in 1903. Chaniece Wallace, a third-year medical student, was awarded the Dr. Sandral Hullett Endowed Scholarship, an award established with gifts from the Capstone Health Services Foundation and proceeds from the 1991 Fiesta Bowl to honor Dr. Sandral Hullett, one of the first African-American residents to graduate from The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, which is operated by the College. The $1,000 award is annually given to a medical student enrolled at the College, and priority is given to black or African-American students, followed by students from other socially or economically disadvantaged groups. Elizabeth Junkin, Pia Cumagun, and Melissa Jordan, all fourth-year medical students, received awards from the International Medical Experience Fund, which supports international travel that facilitates the education of medical students at the College. Priority is given to applications and training opportunities that align with the College’s mission. Junkin will spend four weeks in La Entrada de Copan, Honduras, where she will study medical missionary work, community health issues and tropical medicine while treating patients at a boarding school and in nearby villages. Cumagun and Jordan will take the Lumbreras Tropical Medicine course, a four-week elective in Lima, Peru, that allows students to study the treatment and prevention of tropical and infectious diseases. Crystal Skinner, a first-year medical student, was awarded the Alfa Rural Medical Scholars Endowed Loan, a full-tuition loan, which is given to an outstanding Rural Medical Scholar each year to further encourage practice in rural Alabama. The interest-free loan will be fully forgiven if the recipient practices medicine in a rural setting for at least five years after residency. In its role as a regional campus to the University of Alabama School of Medicine, the College provides clinical training to a cohort of third- and fourth-year medical students. The students spend the first two years of medical education in Birmingham.