Spring scholarships awarded to medical students

April 29, 2016

Four medical students receiving their clinical education at the College of Community Health Sciences were awarded scholarships. Danielle Fincher, a third-year medical student, was awarded the Larry Mayes Endowed Scholarship. The award for 2016 was $2,000. The Larry Mayes Endowed Scholarship is awarded to medical students at the University of Alabama School of Medicine’s Tuscaloosa Regional Campus 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 a member of the Class of 1986 of the School of Medicine who died while on an elective rotation in Africa during his senior year. His family and friends created the 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.   Elizabeth Junkin and Russell Guin, both fourth-year medical students, were awarded the Reese Phifer, Jr., Memorial Foundation Scholarship. The award for each was $1,500. The Reese Phifer, Jr., Memorial Foundation Scholarship was established in 2014 for medical students receiving their training at the College who intend to join The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency. Both Junkin and Guin matched into the College’s Family Medicine Residency. Maria Gulas, a third-year medical student, was selected as the recipient of the Robert E. Pieroni, MD, and Family Endowed Scholarship. The award for 2016 is $1,000. The scholarship was established by Dr. Robert Pieroni and Mrs. Dorothy Pieroni in 2007 to support medical students at the College interested in entering primary care. Dr. Pieroni was a faculty member at the College for many years.