Scholarship Giving

It is not uncommon for medical school graduates to finish medical school with a staggering debt. The idea of graduating medical school debt-free is virtually impossible, with more than 90 percent of our students relying on federal student loans to pay for medical school and supplement their day-to-day finances.

The average Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School Medicine student graduates with more than $150,000 in debt, making scholarships more important than ever. Academic scholarships for the most promising students, regardless of their ability to pay, are vital to the school of medicine as we seek to attract and keep the best and brightest students in West Virginia.

Scholarship support is an investment in the lives of real students like these that allows them to focus on becoming physicians without the staggering burden of debt hanging over their heads.


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“I absolutely love being a medical student, but it’s not always easy and the financial burden it carries with it can often become overwhelming. It is generous donations, such as this, that encourage and reassure me to always do my best, no matter how demanding school becomes.”
Leesah Al-Qawasmi, Class of 2019

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to go to medical school in this community and am eager for the day that I am able to give back so that other students, just like me can understand what it feels like to have someone help you so tremendously and support what you are doing. Thank you for this wonderful scholarship and your help on my journey to becoming a physician.”
Zak Robateau, Class of 2020

“Thank you for your generosity. I look forward to the day when I can use your contribution to care for the women of West Virginia. I am encouraged and inspired to continue to give my best each and every day so that I am able to pay it forward.”
Rachel L. Marteney, Class of 2019

“I am very grateful for the assistance in funding my medical education and feel fortunate to be studying at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. I look forward to giving back to the people of West Virginia and Marshall University in the future.”
Ellen M. Petryna, Class of 2019