Scholarships and Awards

The College of Community Health Sciences offers scholarships for medical students and residents, made possible by the generosity of our donors.


Frank Fitts Jr. Endowed Scholarship

The Frank Fitts, Jr., Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to medical students at the University of Alabama Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (UA College of Community Health Sciences). The scholarship was created by Cynthia Ford (Fitts) Thomas to address the needs of medical students who bear a high debt load upon graduation from medical school. The scholarship is named in honor of her late husband, Frank Fitts, Jr., great-grandson of J.H. Fitts, who established The University of Alabama’s first endowed scholarship in 1903.

Eligibility

UAB Heersink School of Medicine students who are completing their third and fourth years of clinical education at the UA College of Community Health Sciences are eligible for this scholarship. Priority will be given to fourth year students and to applicants whose career goals align most closely with the College’s mission of primary care.

Amount $5,000 annually
Apply By 5:00pm October 7, 2022

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Dr. Sandral Hullett Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Sandral Hullett Endowed Scholarship was established in 1992 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 Tuscaloosa Family Medicine Residency Program, which is operated by the UA College of Community Health Sciences.

Eligibility

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine students completing their third and fourth years of clinical education at the UA College of Community Health Sciences are eligible for this scholarship. Priority is given to black/African-American students, followed by students from other socially or economically disadvantaged groups. Further priority will be given to applicants whose training and career goals align most closely with the College’s mission of primary care.

Amount $1,000 annually
Apply By 5:00pm October 7, 2022

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Robert E. Pieroni, MD, and Family Endowed Scholarship

The Robert E. Pieroni, MD, and Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. Robert and Mrs. Dorothy Pieroni in 2012 to support medical students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (College of Community Health Sciences) interested in entering primary care. This award takes both merit and financial need into consideration. Dr. Pieroni was a faculty member at the College for many years, and he still remains active in his support of the College.

Eligibility

UAB Heersink School of Medicine students who are completing their fourth year of clinical education at the UA College of Community Health Sciences are eligible for this scholarship. Priority is given to those whose training and career goals align most closely with the College’s mission of primary care.

Amount $1,000 annually
Apply By 5:00pm October 7, 2022

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Larry Mayes Endowed Scholarship

The Larry Mayes Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to medical students at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (UA College of Community Health Sciences) who elect a community medicine experience in a medically underserved setting in the United States or abroad during their third or fourth year of medical school.

Larry Mayes was an outstanding member of the Class of 1986 of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine who died while on an elective rotation in Africa during his senior year. Larry’s family and friends created a scholarship fund in his memory to promote a broader understanding of international health care and of the health needs in underserved areas of the United States.

Eligibility

Rising third- or fourth-year medical students at the Heersink School of Medicine are eligible for this scholarship. Priority is given to applicants from the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (College of Community Health Sciences) and to applicants whose training and career goals align most closely with the College’s mission of primary care.

Amount $1,000 to $2,000 annually (given as travel reimbursement)
Apply By 5:00pm October 7, 2022

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Note: All international travel must be approved by the Heersink School of Medicine and The University of Alabama. Medical students who plan to travel internationally should contact Mike Belue in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education for approval and complete an international travel approval form for UA/CCHS approval before their travel occurs. Please contact student affairs with questions about the travel authorization.