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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Field of Interest Scholarships

As students begin their medical school education, some already have an idea of the field of medicine in which they are interested. Others may still be determining their final path. These scholarships are designed for students later in their medical school education who have determined what path their interest will take. Students must have a clear intent within the field in order to be considered for the scholarship. Carefully read and follow instructions for any scholarship of interest.

Dr. C. J. Andrews Scholarship


The Dr. C. J. Andrews Scholarship was established in 1983 by OB/GYN Association of Tidewater, Inc., in honor of Dr. William C. Andrews.


The recipient of the Dr. C. J. Andrews Scholarship will be a rising fourth-year medical student at EVMS who demonstrates a particular interest in OB/GYN.

Max Comess Scholarship


This scholarship was established in memory of Max Comess by his wife and children.


Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a student or resident of EVMS pursing research in renal medicine.

Nancy Upton Thiemeyer Scholarship Fund


Nancy Upton Thiemeyer was the daughter of Nannie and Luther Upton. The scholarship was established in memory of Nancy by her husband, Dr. Thiemeyer, and Upton Farms.


The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising fourth-year student in the medical program at EVMS who intends to go into post-graduate training in orthopedic surgery.

Theresa Thomas Foundation Scholarship


This scholarship was established in 1993 by the Theresa A. Thomas Foundation.


Each year, the scholarship is awarded to a student who elects to specialize in primary care. The scholarship will be converted to a loan if the student recipient does not meet the requirements of entering into primary care residency.

Nannie and Luther Upton Scholarship


Established in 1976, the Nannie and Luther Upton Scholarship was established by their children. Upton Farms, of Suffolk, Virginia, has been a strong supporter of this fund as well.


The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who plans to go into post-graduate training in orthopedic surgery.

James E. Ethridge, Jr., MD, and Ahmad A. Shoaibi, MD/St. Mary’s Home Scholarship


The scholarship is given to a fourth-year medical student who is a Virginia resident and has expressed interest in pediatrics. The recipient is encouraged to practice pediatrics in Eastern Virginia.

Captain David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment

The Captain David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment was established to honor the memory of David M. Brown, one of the seven astronauts who died in the space shuttle Columbia accident on February 1, 2003.

David Brown was a true renaissance man - gymnast, circus performer, pilot, medical doctor, Navy flight surgeon, Navy jet pilot, astronaut and videographer. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1982. All of Dave’s friends agree that he was the most modest overachiever they had ever met.

The scholarship was established through a permanent endowment by family and friends to provide financial assistance to medical students at EVMS. The recipients demonstrate academic excellence and a spirit of exploration and service. The hope is that David Brown’s life and achievements will be an inspiration to all future EVMS students.

David McDowell Brown was born April 16, 1956, to Dorothy and Paul Brown of Arlington, Virginia. Educated in Virginia from elementary school through medical school, Dave became interested in science, football and gymnastics in high school. He continued as a gymnast while majoring in biology at the College of William & Mary. He even worked a summer with Circus Kingdom as an acrobat, unicyclist and stilt walker.

Those summer and part-time jobs paid for Dave’s flying lessons. Dave soloed for the first time on July 8, 1978. Flying was such a passion of his that later, while in the Navy, he eventually owned a home located on a small airport. Dave joked, “I bought a hangar and a house came with it.” He needed that hangar for his own two light aircraft.

Dave graduated from EVMS in 1982 with a class full of friends, especially Gordon Iiams, his roommate and lifelong friend. Dave had planned to become a family practice doctor but wanted to do something more exciting first. After completing his internship, Dave joined the Navy, serving on two aircraft carriers as a flight surgeon. His skills as a videographer came to the forefront when he created a training film for flight surgeons on preparations for cold weather flight operations and earned him recognition as Navy Flight Surgeon of the Year.

Originally assigned to the STS-107 mission on July 25, 2000, it would be nearly three years before David and his fellow crewmates would leave Earth’s atmosphere onboard the Columbia space shuttle on January 16, 2003. Dave was responsible for many experiments that were completed, and he participated in others.

As David’s family and friends shared, David trained for two years for the STS-107 space mission. During Columbia’s two weeks in space, David and his crewmates oversaw 85 experiments, some of which amazingly survived the accident. We watched David float in space and work on his experiments and listened to him tell us about his wonderful experiences. David always knew that there were risks, and he accepted them. It was an incredible mission only marred by a final bad act.

After an extremely productive 16 days in space, Dave and his crewmates prepared the space shuttle Columbia for its journey home. Tragically, on February 1, 2003, a damaged wing resulted in the Columbia breaking apart on reentry into Earth’s atmosphere over Texas.

The day before Columbia’s reentry, David shared much of his feelings about the trip with friends and family. He closed by writing, “If I’d been born in space, I know I would desire to visit the beautiful Earth more than I’ve ever yearned to visit to space. It’s a wonderful planet.”

Visit the Captain David Brown collection on display in the Brickell Atrium at EVMS.


The recipient of the Captain David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment will be:

  • A first-year medical student enrolled at EVMS who has an interest in aerospace medicine or explorative medical research.
  • Recipients of this scholarship will continue to be awarded the fund in the subsequent three years, as long as he or she maintains good academic standing and enrollment at EVMS.
  • Along with the EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application, please complete the Capt. David Brown Aerospace and Medical Research Endowment application form and required narrative.

The Clinton H. Toewe II MD Memorial Family Medicine Scholarship


Clinton H. Toewe, II, M.D., a Virginia Beach resident, was a professor of family and community medicine at EVMS. He joined full-time clinical faculty in  1980. He was a former associate dean for educational affairs. Toewe graduated from Temple University of Medicine and was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He was a congressional delegate to the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians and was a past vice president of the Tidewater Academy of Family Physicians. In 1997, Toewe was honored by the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians as Teacher of the Year in Family Medicine. Criteria: 1st year MD student with an interest in the Family Medicine specialty and shall demonstate merit. Renewable to a medical student in good academic standing with a continued interest in Family Medicine.

The Fine Family Scholarship

Third year MD student in good academic standing with an interest in internal medicine or family and community medicine.

Hugh Hemsley Scholarship

A student accepted into the MD program at EVMS; a third or fourth year medical student who has indicated an interest in emergency medicine; has experience as a first responder and (EMT, Police Officer, Firefighter; Volunteer or Paid) in the past 5 years. The recipient needs to present documentation of his/her experience and provide a brief essay of 250 words or less describing their experience as a first responder. Recipient must be in good academic standing. The scholarship award may be renewable.

Applicants with experience as a first responder and who meet the above criteria will receive first consideration. If, after the review of the initial pool of applicants, no scholarship applicant meets the first responder experience criterion, applicants shall be considered based on the following criteria: A third or fourth year medical student (M3 or M4) that has indicated an interest in Emergency Medicine.

Philip O. Geib, MD Scholarship Fund

EVMS MD Student with an interest in Family Medicine in good academic standing and merit.

Constantine T. & Penelope M. Andreopoulos Scholarship

The scholarship shall be awarded to an EVMS student in the Medical Doctorate (MD) Program with the following criteria:

  1. EVMS Student accepted into the EVMS MD program,
  2. First year medical student. Student interested in Family & Community Medicine specialty,
  3. Financial need,
  4. Good academic standing,
  5. Scholarship may be renewable.

Norfolk Southern Scholarship

Full tuition scholarship for a VA resident MD student preferably interested in Occupational Health, who demonstrates financial need and merit.

Brooke Carrington, MD Memorial Scholarship

M3 or M4 MD student who demonstrates need, is in good academic standing, and has an interest in Emergency Medicine. Applicant to submit a 500 word essay outlining evidence of past, current, and future leadership activities and aspirations.