Scholarships & Loans
The Meharry Alumni Association, Inc., provides a number of scholarships, gifts, and financial assistance, through generous donations and membership dues. Scholarships are awarded each fall during Convocation. If you are interested in learning about how to establish an endowment, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs.
Financial gifts can be made to any of the following:
Devail Wyatt Scholarship Fund/Cadaver Ball
The Devail Wyatt Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to first-year medical, dental, and graduate students who exemplify excellence, leadership, and diligence through their academics and their dedication to the community. Established in the memory of Devail Wyatt, a 13-year-old cancer patient whose dream to become a minister and physician was cut short on December 26, 2003, when he passed away at the age of 16. Through the scholarship established in his name, others can realize Wyatt’s dream.
Held every year during the third weekend in January, The Cadaver Ball helps support and sustain the Scholarship Fund. First-year students celebrate their completion of gross Anatomy and Meharry celebrates Devail’s life as one who lived out Meharry’s mission each day.
The Act of Grace Student Emergency Loan Fund
The Act of Grace Student Emergency Loan Fund helps students with living expenses and unexpected bills. Students may borrow a maximum of $500. To apply and participate, students must meet the following requirements:
- Students must be enrolled in the School of Medicine or School of Dentistry.
- Students may be male or female.
- Funds provided must be used for the following purposes:
- Unexpected Travel
- Loans must be repaid in full the following semester that the loan originated.
- Students may assume one loan—no overlapping.
- Second-semester seniors are not eligible to participate.
Dr. John Capers Bull Student Emergency Loan Fund (SELF)Provides short-term student loans to assist them in dire emergencies; all full-time Meharry students are eligible to apply. Students may borrow a maximum of $300, and the loan must be repaid in full within 90 days. Each student may borrow one time in a given academic year.
Student Parent AssociationThe Student Parent Association Scholarship (SPAS) was created to provide childcare scholarships to Meharry student who are parents. The amount of debt for those with children can be significantly high as many students take out additional loans to finance their childcare needs. Thus, we hope to assist student-parents in reducing their financial loan burdens.Scholarship recipients will be selected during the fall semester of each academic year. All awards will be issued to the childcare provider service of the awardee.
The Meharry National Alumni Association Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded to a student in each of the Meharry’s schools (Dentistry, Graduate Studies and Medicine) who has demonstrated leadership, school spirit and dedication to the Mission of the college.
The John C. Ashhurst, M.D.’47- Carr A. Treherne, M.D.’43 Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship established by the Ashhurst–Treherne families, is awarded to a student in the School of Medicine based on need, scholarship and commitment to Meharry Medical College. Preference is given to students from Tennessee, Alabama or Virginia.
The Jerry Ricardo Baxter, M.D., ‘77, Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Dr. Baxter’s widow, Ms. Tamera Baxter. It is awarded to students pursuing a career in Surgery with particular interest in trauma and critical care.
The Dr. Thomas J. Blocker Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Morehouse College Men at Meharry and friends of the long-time health careers Advisor of Morehouse College and is awarded to a Morehouse graduate enrolled at Meharry Medical College, based on need and scholarship.
Charles E. Brown, M.D’61 Memorial Scholarship
The Charles E. Brown, M.D.’61 Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a Senior Student who has shown proficiency in surgery and/or Neuroscience.
The Edward W. Browne, M.D., ’53 Memorial Scholarship
The Edward W. Browne, Jr., M.D.,‘53 Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife in recognition of long remembered brilliance, his ability to teach students and residents and for his kind heartiness and compassion shown to the afflicted and well bodies alike. Preference is given to a junior or senior medical student who shows interest and proficiency in surgery. The award will be made at the annual convocation of the college.
The Darryl C. Byrd Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established and endowed by Daryl C. Byrd, D.D.S.,’87 and his family. The scholarship as to be awarded to a dental student who has completed at least one year of study, is in good academic standing and has wunet financial need. Preference must be given to a student from the New Orleans, Louisiana area, or is a graduate of Xavier University in Louisiana.
The Chicago-Gary Alumni Chapter Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Meharry alumni in the Chicago area. Preference is given to students from Chicago and in medicine or dentistry who are in good academic standing.
The James Monroe Crawford, M.D., ‘71, Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship was established by Dr. Crawford’s widow, Ms. June Crawford. The award is presented to a sophomore or junior year male student from the Atlanta, Georgia area who is pursuing a career in Ob-Gyn and who exemplifies the gentle, kind and humble characteristics of Dr. Crawford.
The Dr. Spencer and Mrs. Annette Disher Scholarship
The Dr. Spencer and Mrs. Annette Disher Scholarship is provided by the Disher Family and Friends. The recipient should be a citizen of the state of South Carolina and may be enrolled in either of the three-campus based school of Meharry Medical College. The recipient must have financial need, of good character and in good academic standing.
Cleve W. Ewell, Jr., M.D. Memorial Scholarship
The Cleve W. Ewell, Jr. M.D. ’47 Scholarship was established by his children, Cleve W. Ewell, III, M.D., ‘84, Jaehneth A. Ewell Taylor, M.D., ’76 and Sidney Ewell, J.D. in their father’s memory. Preference is to be given students from Tennessee, Virginia and/or Alabama who have completed the Sophomore year in the School of Medicine.
The Reverend James E. and Delores P. Flatt Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is named for the retired minister and wife who served the United Methodist Church for forty-seven years in The Cumberland District and is sponsored by Dr. Henry A. Moses, friends and members of their churches. Preference should be given to students of high moral and ethical character who are from the Crossville, Cookeville or Appalachian area.
Edwin Harvey Hamilton, M.D., ‘59, D.MIN Scholarship
The Dr. Edwin Harvey Hamilton Scholarship established by Dr. Hamilton is awarded to a student enrolled in the School of Medicine or Dentistry who is of good moral character, active in the affairs of the college, in good academic standing and a citizen of the State of Florida.
The Axel M.D.‘54 and Elnora Hansen Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a medical student in good academic standing. Preference is given to students from the Caribbean.
The Drs. Herbert (D.D.S., ‘59) and Mildred C. Harris Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established and endowed by Drs. Herbert and Mildred C. Harris of Chicago, Illinois to support deserving and needy Meharry students who are of Afro American descent and who are in good academic standing. Preference is given to students from Illinois and Arkansas.
The Alfred B. Jefferson, MD and Gloria P. Jefferson, MT Scholarship.
This scholarship was established in memory of her late husband Alfred B. Jefferson, M.D., ’55 by Mrs. Gloria P. Jefferson, M.T.,’55, and family. This scholarship is given to a medical student who has successfully completed the first year in the School of Medicine. Preference is given to a student from Ohio.
The Edwin T. Johnson, M.D. Family Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship was established by the late physician who was deeply involved in the Student Mentoring Program of the Association. The scholarship is to be awarded to a medical student who has completed the first year of study. Preference is given to a student from Alabama or California.
James A. Johnson, M.D.’58 Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship was established by generous gifts from the family of the late alumnus who held a deep interest in helping students achieve their goals in becoming health care providers. The scholarship is to be awarded to a medical student with a financial need and is in good academic standing during the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year. Preference should be given to a student from Florida or a graduate of Dillard University.
The Melvin R. Johnson, M.D.’72 Endowed Scholarship
The scholarship was established by Dr. Johnson and his family. Preference is to be given to a student from the Tidewater area of the State of Virginia or the District of Columbia who is in the third year of study in the School of Medicine, has demonstrated academic excellence and is active in the Meharry Community.
The Thomas W. Johnson, Sr., M.D., ‘57, Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by family and friends of this distinguished Meharry Professor Emeritus. This scholarship is awarded to a (Second, Third, Fourth) year student enrolled in the School of Medicine. Preference is given to students from Connecticut, Michigan or Tennessee.
The N. Horace Mann, D.D.S.’62 Endowment Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship named for the outstanding faculty member, minister and civic raconteur was established by his wife, Barbara and daughter, Kathy with support from other members of the Mann family and longtime friends and colleagues, Dr. Henry A. Moses and Dr. Artmas Worthy. Preference is given to a Senior Student who has an interest in and has shown proficiency in Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery.
The Otis Maxwell, D.D.S.,’59 Memorial Scholarship
The Otis Maxwell D.D.S.’59 Endowed Memorial Scholarship. The recipient will be a male or female dental student who is in good academic standing, of good character, and has financial needs. Preference will be given to the student who has successfully passed and displayed a passion for all Prosthodontic courses (including Tooth Morphology, Occlusion, Removable and Fixed Prosthodontics). The Scholarship will be given at Graduation.
The Ronald Meharry Founding Brothers Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Ronald Meharry, a descendant of the founding brothers, is to be awarded to an international student who is in good academic standing and has financial need.
The Jean Curl Mossee, M.D.,’60 Memorial Scholarship
The Jean Curl Mosee, M.D., ‘60, scholarship was established by her husband Charles Mosee, M.D., 60, family and friends in recognition of this outstanding physician, and is awarded to a second, third– or fourth-year student in the School of Medicine who is in good academic standing, has financial need and shows leadership and commitment to the college. Preference is given to students from the Washington, D.C. area.
The Walter J. Riley, M.D., ’64 Family Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a medical student who has completed a minimum of three clinical clerkships. Preference is given to students (awardee(s) from the state of Georgia, Tennessee and/or Iowa. This scholarship is awarded to the recipient one time only.
David M. Porter, Sr., M.D., ’64 Scholarship
The David M. Porter, Sr., M.D., ’64 Scholarship was established by his children, David M. Porter, Jr., and Dawn Porter Jones-Gaffney, M.D., ’91 and friends. Preference is given to a junior student from the Kansas City area who has shown proficiency and interest in pediatrics.
Dr. Edward Reed Family Scholarship
This scholarship established to honor the Trustee Edward Reed, M.d., ’55 is to be awarded to a Meharry Medical College student who is in good standing, involved in the student government and active in the community. Preference is to be given to a student from the Greater Memphis, TN area.
The Julius Pryor Jr. and Barbara S. Pryor Memorial Scholarship
The Julius Pryor, M.D.,’52 and Barbara S. Pryor Memorial Scholarship (Julius D.D.S., ’52, M.D.”57) (Barbara Med Tech, ’54) was established by their children Jonathan Pryor, M.D.,’91, Julius Pryor, IV, and Pamela Pryor Grace in honor of their parents. Preference is given to a medical student from the State of Alabama, North Carolina and/or Georgia who has completed the first year of study in the School of Medicine who has financial need.
Dr. Gordon A. Rodgers Sr., and Jr. Legacy Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was stablished by Beverly Rodgers, D.D.S.’87 in memory of her father and brother. Preference should be given to junior dental students from the state of Alabama.
The John H. Winston, M.D., ’56 Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Montgomery, Alabama Chapter in recognition and honor of their outstanding member, Surgeon John H. Winston, M.D. for his superb leadership in the delivery of health care to citizens of central Alabama and his devotion to Meharry Medical College.
The Kenneth Simon, M.D.‘SO Endowed Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Jean Simon. The earnings of the principal are to be awarded to junior level medical students who are in good academic standing. Preference is to be given to two (2) students who have an interest in practicing primary care medicine. One student is to be from Mississippi and one from California. Two students from the same state may be recipients of the Simons family scholarship if a recipient is not identified from the other state.
The Cyril 0. Spann, M.D., Endowed Scholarship
This award established by Cyril 0. Spann, Jr., M.D. to honor his father is to be given to a student from South Carolina. If no student who qualifies from the state, preference should be given to a student in good academic standing.
Tuscaloosa/West Alabama Chapter Scholarship
This scholarship established by the alumni chapter is awarded to a student from the Tuscaloosa/West Alabama area who is in good academic standing, active in college and community activities and who has financial need.
An Act of Grace/Anna Epps Ph.D. Award
The An Act of Grace Award was established by A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D., the Eleventh President of Meharry Medical College and is funded from proceeds from the sale of her book “An Act of Grace”. All students enrolled in any Meharry School may apply. Preference is given to a second-year student.
Contact Office of Alumni Affairs
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Nashville, Tennessee 37203-7512
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