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

Diversity Scholarships

How to Qualify

Scholarships awarded based on diversity rely on the student’s answers on the EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application. Failure to disclose the necessary information during the admissions or financial aid process will restrict eligibility for this type of scholarship.

L. D. Britt, MD, MPH Endowed Scholarship


The L.D. Britt, MD, MPH Endowed Scholarship was established in 1995 in recognition of Dr. Britt’s dedication to medicine and philanthropy. A native of Suffolk and a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Britt has had extensive surgical and critical care training. He is Professor and Chairman of EVMS Surgery and holds the Brickhouse Chair in Surgery.

The first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery, Dr. Britt is the first African-American in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be appointed Professor of Surgery. The recipient of numerous awards and honors acknowledging his accomplishments in surgery and excellence in teaching, Dr. Britt is the recipient of the nation’s highest teaching award in medicine: the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, given by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

A distinguished member of several state, national and international organizations, Dr. Britt is actively involved in numerous church and community activities. He has authored numerous scientific publications and has been a reviewer and served on the editorial boards of several noted surgery journals. Former President George W. Bush recognized Dr. Britt’s leadership role in medicine and nominated him to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The United States Senate confirmed this nomination in August 2002. Community leaders have established both a medical school scholarship and community service award in his name.

Dr. Britt served as the 91st President of the American College of Surgeons in 2010-11.


The following criteria are used in selecting a recipient:

  • A member of an underrepresented student population at EVMS
  • Applicant with acceptance to the EVMS medical program
  • A minimum science GPA of 3.2 and competitive MCAT scores
  • Evidence of participation in collegiate organizations/activities
  • Demonstrated leadership, community service and exposure to medicine
  • Demonstrated financial need

Dozoretz Endowed Scholarship


Dr. and Mrs. Ron Dozoretz and family established this scholarship in 2006. Dr. Dozoretz has served as a community faculty member at EVMS, and he is a champion for education and healthcare.


The recipient of this scholarship must be an entering medical student to EVMS, who graduated from Norfolk State and is a member of an underrepresented student population at EVMS.

Lillie P. Walker Scholarship


Caroline B. Talbot established this scholarship in memory of Lillie P. Walker, RN.


The scholarship is awarded annually to a female student enrolled in the medical program at EVMS who has demonstrated financial need and academic excellence.

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin - Hampton Roads Scholarship Fund


The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin - Hampton Roads (AAPI-HR) established this fund in 2011. One scholarship award is made each fiscal year in the amount of $5,000 for one student. Applications for the AAPI-HR scholarship award shall be accepted and reviewed by EVMS in accordance with the EVMS Scholarship Committee guidelines in effect at the time the award is made.


Each year, the following tiered approach is used to identify a candidate:

  • Scholarship awardees shall be first-year medical students of Indian origin.
  • Students with ties to the Hampton Roads area will receive first consideration.
  • In addition, scholarship awardees shall:
    • Demonstrate merit as evidenced by documentation filed with EVMS Financial Aid and any other such documentation or information as the EVMS Scholarship Committee may require
    • Obtain endorsement from an American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin - Hampton Roads Executive Committee member
    • Write a 250 to 500 word essay and submit it with their EVMS Financial Aid and Scholarship Application. AAPI-HR is an organization of Physicians of Indian Origin committed to giving back to the community of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Our motto is service, charity and education. Please describe briefly how you would incorporate our organizational values as a student at EVMS and in the future as a practicing/academic physician.

Edward L. Hamm, Jr., Scholarship


Established in 2000 by Edward L. Hamm, Jr., this scholarship honored then-EVMS President Sumner Bell, whom Hamm greatly admired. A graduate of Hampton University, Mr. Hamm has a diverse business career which spans over 40 years. Hamm is President and CEO of E.L. Hamm & Associates, Inc. A longtime champion of education, he has served in volunteer leadership positions at Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. At EVMS, he has served on the Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees.


The selection of each candidate will be based on the following criteria:

  • A member of an underrepresented student population at EVMS
  • Enrolled in the medical degree program at EVMS
  • A graduate of Hampton University

Alvin E Harris, MD ‘78 Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship for a M3 or M4 student who is an under-represented, minority male student accepted into the MD program at EVMS whom demonstrates financial need from Southhampton County, VA (including Franklin, VA), with an indicated interest in primary care, and is in good academic standing. Applicants meeting the above criteria will receive first consideration. If, after the review of the initial pool of applicants, no scholarship applicant meets the geographic criteria, applicants shall be considered based on the following geographic criteria in addition to the criteria above:

  1. Be a student from a rural area within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  2. Be a graduate of a historically black college or university (HBCU).

The Drs. Robert and Cynthia Kelly Scholarship

Need based scholarship for an under-represented, minority female MD Student from the Hampton Roads area.