Scholarships and Awards

CCHS 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 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

University of Alabama 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 October 11, 2019
Please describe how you are affected by a high debt load.
List scholarships, over $5,000, that you have received to support your medical education. Provide the name and approximate amount of money from each scholarship. If you have not received other scholarships enter "Not Applicable".
Describe why you should be chosen for this scholarship, including any interest in primary care, population health, community health, underserved communities or rural communities.
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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 Family Medicine Residency, which is operated by the UA College of Community Health Sciences.

Eligibility

University of Alabama 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 October 11, 2019
Please select your current year of medical school.
Please mark the option(s) below that apply to you.
Describe why you should be chosen for this scholarship, including any interest in primary care, population health, community health, underserved communities or rural communities.
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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 School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (UA 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

University of Alabama 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 October 11, 2019
Describe your interest in and your intent to practice primary care.
Please list your financial debts and obligations as they relate both directly and indirectly to medical school.
Please briefly summarize why you should be considered for this scholarship outside of your financial need, including a description of your academic accomplishments in medical school.
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List scholarships, over $5,000, that you have received to support your medical education. Provide the name and approximate amount of money from each scholarship. If you have not received other scholarships enter "Not Applicable".
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Larry Mayes Endowed Scholarship

The Larry Mayes Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to medical students at the University of Alabama 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 University of Alabama 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 University of Alabama School of Medicine are eligible for this scholarship. Priority is given to applicants from the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (UA 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 October 11, 2019

Note: All international travel must be approved by the UAB School of Medicine and the University of Alabama. UABSOM medical students who plan to travel internationally should contact Mike Belue in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education for SOM 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. Please contact Erin Tech with questions related to the funding.

Please select your current year of medical school.
Describe your plans for an elective abroad or in a medically underserved area in the United States. Briefly discuss the goals for your elective and how you plan to achieve them.
Please provide a basic expected budget for your entire trip. Include any airfare, lodging, food, and other expenses.
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International Medical Experience Fund

The purpose of this fund is to support international travel that facilitates the education of medical students at the University of Alabama School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (UA College of Community Health Sciences). The fund was established in 2011 by the College’s Board of Visitors, through the Lister Hill Society Fund.

Eligibility

Third- and fourth-year University of Alabama School of Medicine students at the UA College of Community Health Sciences are eligible to receive support from this fund for its stated purposed. Faculty and residents involved with student travel may also apply, as additional funds may be available.

The College’s Scholarship Committee will review applications in mid to late October each year and the distribution of funds will be awarded based on a majority vote. Total spending from the fund will be capped at $4,000 a year. Preferential consideration will be given to applicants whose intended travel and/or future professional goals most closely align with the College’s mission of primary care, and to applicants who have not previously received money for training-related international travel.

Amount Total spending from this fund will be capped at $4,000 a year. Requests for funding of $2,000 or less are most likely to be funded. Money will be awarded as a reimbursement for actual travel costs.
Apply By October 11, 2019

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

Include specific details about how the costs were estimated.
Describe the types of medical work that will be done, the facilities, and the types of patients.
Not required if preceptor is a CCHS faculty member or well-known to CCHS
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Dr. Benjamin Collins Maxwell Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. Benjamin Collins Maxwell Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. David H. and Mrs. Regina A. Maxwell in 2015 to support medical students at the University of Alabama School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus UA College of Community Community Health Sciences who plan to practice rural primary care in Alabama.

Eligibility

University of Alabama 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 Rural Medical Scholars or students who intend to practice rural primary care in Alabama. Additional priority is given to students from Escambia County, Alabama (where Dr. Benjamin Collins Maxwell practiced and taught for many years).

Amount $1,000 Annually
Apply By Spring 2019

Reese Phifer, Jr., Memorial Foundation Scholarship in CCHS

The Reese Phifer Jr. Memorial Foundation Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to promote the education of medical students at the University of Alabama School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (UA College of Community Health Sciences).

The Reese Phifer, Jr., Memorial Foundation was established by Mr. and Mrs. Reese Phifer in 1967 in memory of their son J. Reese Phifer, Jr., a student at The University of Alabama who died in 1964. The foundation established the scholarship fund in 2014.

Priority is given to current fourth-year students who intend to complete their residency at The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, which the College operates, and who have an interest in spending part of their residency training in Fayette, Alabama.

Eligibility

Fourth-year medical students at the University of Alabama School of Medicine – Tuscaloosa Regional Campus (UA College of Community Health Sciences) are eligible for this scholarship.

Amount $1,500 annually
Apply By Spring 2019
Please confirm that you are currently a MS4 student.
Describe your interest in and your intent to practice primary care. (500 word limit)
Please briefly summarize why you should be considered for this scholarship, including any relevant accomplishments (500 word limit).
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