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Marshall medical school establishing new scholarships

Sep. 01, 2012 @ 10:47 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Five new scholarships have been created for medical students at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, thanks to several benefactors.

One of the scholarships is geared toward medical students who plan on careers in specific areas of medicine.

Two are being created by the faculty and staff of the Department of Orthopaedics, under the direction of chairman Dr. Ali Oliashirazi. The Department of Orthopaedics Third Year Medical Student Scholarship will be awarded to a third-year student who has an interest in orthopaedic medicine and excels academically. The Department of Orthopaedics Fourth Year Medical Student Scholarship will be awarded to a fourth-year student who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average during medical school and also has a financial need.

A third scholarship has been endowed by Dr. Monica A. Valentovic, professor of Pharmacology, in honor of her parents. The Edward and Anne Valentovic Memorial Scholarship is named in memory of Valentovic's parents, who lived and worked most of their lives in Cleveland, Ohio. The scholarship will be awarded to a third- or fourth-year medical student who has been involved with research either at the undergraduate level or while in medical school. Preference will be given to a student who has done or is currently involved in research with a full-time faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Toxicology.

Two other scholarships have been established through the generous support of a medical school alumnus and family of a recent graduate. They are the Janssen Scholarship for the School of Medicine, created by Dr. Eric W. Janssen, Class of 1986, and the Sekar Family Scholarship, created by Dr. Chandra S. Sekar.

For more information on the scholarships contact Linda Holmes at 304-691-1711.

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