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The G. Michael Shoffner, M.D. Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline: March 15th at 12:00pm (noon)


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BACKGROUND

Dr. Shoffner chose to go to Medical School when he was 37 years old because he had a career in the healthcare field, and he identified that he had the potential and desire to give more to the medical community.  Originally from Virginia, Dr. Shoffner attended William & Mary for his undergraduate degree, served four years in the U. S. Navy and then attended the Medical College of Virginia to receive a degree in physical therapy.  He practiced physical therapy for three years in Danville, Virginia and then moved to Macon, Georgia where he served as an electromyographer for five years before making the decision to go to Medical School. 

He attended medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, now known as Georgia Health Sciences University, and he graduated number one in his class.  He also received the Physician’s Physician award, the doctor his classmates would most like to have as their own physician, an honor rarely awarded to the number one student in the class.  Following medical school, he completed a residency in neurology at the Medical College of Georgia before returning to Macon to practice with Neurology Associates.

He was best known and respected by both colleagues and patients for his patience and his warmth.  And he is remembered for his wit and sense of humor, for his broad range of interests ranging from sailing to woodworking, for his genuinely caring nature, for his depth of knowledge, and for his ever-present smile.

PURPOSE

The intent of the scholarship is to provide a non-traditional medical school student financial support to further their medical education. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • This scholarship is for non-traditional medical school students working toward an M.D. or D.O. degree in a medical school in the state of Georgia.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited medical school located in the state of Georgia.  (Currently Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta or Athens, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mercer University in Macon or Savannah or the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Georgia Campus in Kennesaw, GA.)
  • Applicants must be at least 25 years of age
  • Applicants must have lived and/or worked in Central Georgia for a minimum period of 3 years at some point before applying to Medical School.  The Central Georgia area is defined as the following counties: Bibb, Baldwin, Bleckley, Butts, Coffee, Crawford, Dodge, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Spalding, Taylor, Twiggs, Upson, and Wilkinson. 
  • Applicants may be interviewed as part of the application process.
  • Each scholarship recipient is required to submit a transcript for the period for which the scholarship is awarded.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligible applicants must complete the online scholarship application.  On the last page, the applicant will need to attach two documents:

  • A copy of your resume
  • A copy of your transcript from your undergraduate institution

AWARDS

  • Number of awards: Typically One
  • Scholarship Amount: Varies (typically $500 - $1,000 per year)
  • Renewals: To be eligible to receive funding for additional year(s), the student must submit a signed Request for Renewal Statement, along with an updated transcript at the end of each year to be considered for renewal. The Request for Renewal Statement will be mailed to all current award recipients in the spring of each year.

SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Bibb County Medical Society will select a member as the Scholarship Chair each year.  In addition, BCMS may decide to have a committee who will participate in interviewing the candidates.

The scholarship selection committee will be a 3-person committee composed of the Bibb County Medical Society Scholarship Chair, a CFCG staff representative, and CFCG Grants Chairman.  BCMS would like for the selection committee to include at least one male and at least one female.

The selection committee would meet first and review all the applications and rule out any that they feel would not make a good scholarship recipient.  Then, CFCG will set up interviews with the remaining applicants, and members of the BCMS scholarship committee will interview the applicants.  Then, the selection committee would make the final recommendations for the recipients to the CFCG Executive Committee. 

The scholarship can be open to children of Bibb County Medical Society members as long as the applicant’s parent is not serving on the interview committee or selection committee the year(s) that their child applies.