Giles County student receives medical scholarship
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is pleased to announce that Maya Williams of Giles County, Virginia was selected this year to receive The Megan Cornwell Thomas, D.O., and William Thomas, D.O., Endowed Medical Scholarship. This scholarship was created by Gary and Laura Cornwell, Dr. Megan Cornwell Thomas, and Dr. William Thomas to be awarded to a student from Southwest Virginia with preference given to a student who plans return to the area to practice primary care.
Since VCOM opened its doors for medical students in 2004, the College has graduated over 3,600 physicians. More than 66% of VCOM graduates are now in residency or practicing in the College’s southern target Appalachian states and Delta regions of the country.
“As part of VCOM’s successful commitment to lessen the shortage of physicians, the College recruits students from, provides training in and returns skillful physicians to provide care in medically underserved areas, especially those in the southern Appalachian region,” said Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, VCOM President and Provost. “We are most grateful for the generosity of the Cornwell and Thomas families in creating a scholarship program that encourages many of our students to fulfill the College’s mission of improving the delivery of healthcare throughout Southwest Virginia.”
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit osteopathic medical school in Blacksburg, Virginia (VCOM-Virginia) with three branch campuses located in Spartanburg, South Carolina (VCOM-Carolinas) and Auburn, Alabama (VCOM-Auburn) and Monroe, Louisiana (VCOM-Louisiana). Founded in 2001, the mission of the school is to alleviate the critical shortage of physicians in the Appalachia and Delta regions of the country by training medical students to become patient-centered physicians who focus on evidence-based medicine. The school places emphasis on recruiting students from rural sections of central and southwestern Virginia, Piedmont North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana. For more information, please contact Thimothy Corvin at Tcorvin@vcom.edu or visit https://www.vcom.edu/.