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Med school offers new scholarships

Jan. 13, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Four new gift endowments and amendments to an existing scholarship will be available to students at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

The scholarships include:

The Hensley Family Endowment for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is an endowed scholarship created by the Hensley family. Dr. W. Michael and Diane Hensley and their children, who are graduates of the Marshall University School of Medicine (Laurel A. (Hensley) Fedor, class of 2007; Alice A. (Hensley) Walz, class of 2011; and Brian M. Hensley, class of 2012) have chosen to support the medical school through this gift. The Hensley Family Endowment will aid and improve medical student education by providing materials for the Clinical Skills Center or by providing assistance to educational programs like the Standardized Patient Program.

The Dr. and Mrs. Mark F. Sheridan and Family Endowed Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for a medical student who will be selected by the scholarship committee of the School of Medicine. Janet Sheridan is a graduate of the Marshall University School of Nursing and Dr. Mark Sheridan is a 1987 graduate of the School of Medicine. Sheridan has served as a past president of the School of Medicine's Alumni Association and is an inaugural member of the newly formed dean's advisory board. He is an otolaryngologist in Huntington at Tri-State Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Inc.

The Touma Family Scholarship, created in 1997 and amended in 2012, will continue to support medical education in the form of scholarships. The recipient or recipients of this scholarship will be a member of an underrepresented minority in medicine. It is the intent of the scholarship fund to provide annual awards for a total amount not to exceed $20,000. It is expected that as long as there are 10 or fewer recipients, each recipient will receive $2,000 annually. The scholarship was created by Drs. Joseph and Omayma Touma. Dr. Touma is a Huntington otolaryngologist with the Touma Ear, Hearing and Balance Center and River Cities Ear, Nose & Throat. In addition, he is chairman of the Marshall University Board of Governors and is an inaugural member of the dean's advisory board. Dr. Omayma Touma is the retired medical director of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

Drs. R. Trenor Williams and Matt W. Lambert Endowed Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Dr. R. Trenor Williams and Dr. Matt W. Lambert, both members of the class of 1997. Following their residencies, Williams co-founded Clinovations Health Care Solutions, a health care consulting company, and Lambert joined his former classmate as a consultant. The scholarship will be awarded to an entering medical student from West Virginia or Virginia and includes a summer internship and stipend with the company.

The fifth scholarship for medical education was created by a Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine retired faculty member and his family, who wish to remain anonymous. This award will be given to an entering medical student from West Virginia with second priority given to a student from a bordering state. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

For more information on the scholarships or to make a gift to the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, contact Linda Holmes at 304-691-1711 or holmes@marshall.edu.

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