Wilson family establishes endowed scholarship for medical students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
ContactSheanna M. Spence, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs & Community Relations, School of Medicine, 304-691-1639

Wilson family establishes endowed scholarship for medical students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –David and Patricia Wilson and their daughter, Laura Wilson, who are all alumni of Marshall University, have established an endowed scholarship for medical students with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Although David, an engineer, and Patricia, a practicing dermatologist, now reside in Alabama and Laura is completing her residency in Atlanta, Marshall still remains an important part of this family’s life. Patricia earned her medical degree in 1994 from the Marshall School of Medicine, where she graduated with honors and received national Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary distinction. Davidgraduated with his bachelor’s degree from Marshall in 1989and Laura graduated from the Marshall medical school in 2014. 

“We feel we owe so much to the Marshall Med School. Without it, we would not be where we are today, and we feel so blessed to be in our current positions,” said Patricia Wilson, M.D. “Watching Laura attend and graduate from Marshall gave us the chance to reconnect and rekindle our bond with the school and relive the tough financial burden placed upon each of the students. We feel very strongly in financially supporting the future generations of our profession and our school and hope more of our colleagues feel the same.”  

The scholarship, known as the Wilson Family Endowment, is designated for first-year medical students who are residents of the Huntington/Tri-State area. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

“Any time a scholarship is endowed, it is so meaningful and appreciated,” said Linda S. Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs for the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. “The fact this was created by the Wilson family is particularly special because of the strong legacy connection to the school of medicine – with both mother and daughter as graduates.  It shows how much the school has meant to them and their family.”

For more information on the scholarships or to make a gift to the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, please contact Holmes at 304-691-1711 or go to www.jcesom.marshall.edu/alumni.

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Date Posted: Friday, February 05, 2016