Arkansas Medical, Dental, Pharmaceutical (AMDPA) Scholarship
The AMDPA was organized in 1893 by black healthcare professionals in the state of Arkansas and was incorporated in 1987. Since its inception, the organization has served to extend medical, dental, and pharmaceutical knowledge and to advance these sciences. The AMDPA members are involved in multiple projects, including fund-raising activities to provide financial assistance for minority students in healthcare fields. The inaugural AMDPA Scholarship was awarded in 1996 to Sonya Marks.
Arkansas Medical Society Alliance AMAF Scholarships
“Contributions to the Arkansas Medical Society Alliance are more than just charitable donations – they are a legacy from one generation of medical professionals to the next and an investment in the health of generations to come.” For many years, contributions from county chapters of the Arkansas Medical Society Alliance were donated to the AMAF Scholarship fund and disbursed to the College of Medicine. In 2009, the Alliance established an endowed scholarship fund at UAMS and recipients are now funded from the endowed scholarship. Students selected for these prestigious awards must demonstrate academic achievement and the willingness to serve others through volunteer or community service. Since the inception of the AMAF Scholarship in 1988, over $230,000 has been awarded to medical students.
Arkansas Medical Society Alliance / Ilse F. Oates Scholarship
The Arkansas Medical Society Alliance offers a scholarship designed to assist senior medical students who have exhibited excellent clinical capabilities and have good academic standing and high moral character. The scholarship is named after Ilse F. Oates, who was married to Dr. Charles Oates, a professor at the School of Medicine. Mrs. Oates, having no children of her own, began adopting medical students and providing them with spending money and small loans in 1919, long before any student financial aid programs were available. In 1928, she organized a loan fund for students through the Arkansas Medical Society Woman’s Auxiliary (now named Alliance) of which she was a charter member. The Arkansas Medical Society Alliance converted this loan fund to the present scholarship fund in 1990 The inaugural recipients of the scholarship were: James Barnes, Lou Ann Maes, and Sherilyn Webb. In 2009, the Alliance established an endowed scholarship fund at UAMS and future recipients are funded from the endowed scholarship.
Pulaski County Carolyn Clayton Scholarship
This scholarship is presented to a deserving incoming freshman from Pulaski County who displays devotion to the field of medicine through volunteer work and passion for public health. The Scholarship is presented to honor Carolyn Clayton’s lifelong dedication to public health and leadership to the Pulaski County Medical Society. The inaugural award was presented in 2013 to Zechariah Rhodes of Little Rock.