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Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the General Information section of this Bulletin for information about tuition and fees. The Schedule of Academic Charges is published annually and is available in June. The schedule is posted on the University website. It is also available from the Office of Enrollment Services.

Scholarship Board
The Scholarship Board is made up of the Dean, faculty, and administrative staff. The Board is appointed by the Dean of the College of Medicine and awards all merit and need-based funds designated for students of the college. The following is a description of scholarships and loans currently available.

James B. Edwards Scholars  –  Awarded annually to two incoming students, these scholarships provide  merit-based scholarships of $15,000 per year to students who demonstrate  superb intellectual qualifications and outstanding potential for leadership in the study and practice of medicine. Qualified students throughout the United States are eligible, however, preference is given to South Carolina residents. The award remains in effect for four years, assuming the student maintains high academic performance and fulfills the promise of excellence. Students to be awarded these scholarships are recommended by members of the Admissions Committee.

The  Edwards Scholars Program was established in 1991 to honor James B. Edwards, an oral surgeon from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina who has dedicated much of his life to public service. His distinguished career includes service as Governor of South Carolina, US Secretary of Energy, State Legislator and President of the Medical University of South Carolina. A significant portion of the endowment funds earmarked for Edwards Scholars came from Dr. Edwards’ friends, colleagues, and associates in appreciation of his leadership and service. The following named scholarships fall under the James B. Edwards Scholars Program: Marguerite A. Muller, Dr. Samuel Madison Pitts, and Anne Marie Kathryn White.

College of Medicine Dean’s Award – For two outstanding incoming  freshmen students, a waiver of tuition and fees is awarded for the four years of medical school. Students to be awarded these Dean’s Awards are recommended to the Scholarship Board by the Admissions Committee.

College of Medicine Alumni Award – Through the generosity of the College of  Medicine Alumni Association, three $1,500 scholarships are offered each year to academically outstanding applicants, helping to attract the brightest and  best to MUSC.

Dr. Luther George Bell Scholarships – These scholarships were established by Dr. Bell in 1973, and later by a trust fund by Dr. Bell and his wife Mary Carter Bell in 1980, to provide scholarships for South Carolina residents already admitted to the College who are “of such limited means that they would be unable to study medicine at MUSC without financial assistance.” The request was made, but not directed by Dr. Bell, that students repay 10% of the total amount awarded within ten years after their graduation.

John W. Cathcart, M.D. Endowed Scholarship – Established in memory of Dr. Cathcart by his wife, Margaret Cathcart, and daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and  Mrs. Jerry Reves. This four-year merit-based scholarship is awarded to an entering medical student with strong scholastic ability. (Next available in 2006)

Chi Delta Chapter of Phi Rho Sigma Fraternity Scholarships Fund – A scholarship is awarded annually to the student who has the highest score on the National Boards at the end of the sophomore year.

The Joseph W. and Celia B. Dobson Scholarship and the Dewey F. and Alice Mary Mollomo Scholarship – Four awards of $500 are given annually by Dr. and Mrs. Richard Dobson in memory of their parents to rising sophomore medical students, in need of financial assistance, who are in the upper 25% of the class. There is no requirement for repayment except for the understanding that the recipients, when financially able, will make similar scholarships available to capable and needy medical students in their area.

Fullerton Foundation Scholarship – Each year the Scholarship Board nominates an incoming freshman student who demonstrates and projects the potential for development into a highly capable professional, who is concerned with the total welfare of society. The nominee must be a SC resident, have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher, a minimum score of 8 on each of the three MCAT sections, and a writing sample score of “O” or better.  If selected by the Foundation, the student receives $20,000 per year to cover tuition, fees and living expenses throughout medical school.

The nominee for this scholarship is selected by the Scholarship Board in early February.

David B. Gregg Memorial Scholarship – This four-year scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman medical student who receives it until graduation. Based on academic merit and outstanding citizenship, this award covers tuition and fees. (Next available in 2004)

Dewitt L. Harper, M.D., F.A.C.S. Scholarship Fund – Established in memory of Dr. Harper by his brother Caldwell Harper, this scholarship assists medical students who demonstrate leadership, academic excellence and outstanding character.

Allen H. Johnson, Sr., M.D. Scholarship – Established in memory of Dr.  Johnson by his son, Dr. Allen H. Johnson, Jr., this is a four-year, need-based scholarship, which is awarded to an entering freshman. The award is given to SC residents of Georgetown or Williamsburg counties or SC residents of Florence or Marion counties within 15 miles of Hemingway. (Next  available in 2006)

Helen  M. King Medical Scholarship Endowment – Awarded every four years to an  incoming freshman medical student; based on academic merit and financial  need. The student awarded this scholarship is recommended to the Scholarship Board by the  Admissions Committee. (Next available in 2003)

Marvin and Cleo T. McAlhany Scholarship – This endowed scholarship was established in 1992 by Mrs. Cleo T. McAlhany in memory of her husband, Marvin McAlhany, and in honor of their treasured friend, Dr. James Young White. A 1951 graduate of the College of Medicine, Dr. White provided untiring and faithful care to countless individuals in upper Dorchester County for many years. This award is given to a student from upper Dorchester County with limited financial means and a 2.0+ GPA.

May Family Scholarship – This four-year scholarship is awarded to a student who intends to practice in SC and who is expected to bring distinction to the profession, the College of Medicine, and the community in which he or she lives and serves. The student awarded this scholarship receives it annually until graduation. (Next available in 2005)

Dr. Edward E. McKee Scholarship Fund – This fund was established in memory of Dr. McKee in 1980 to be awarded to a medical student who has successfully completed the sophomore year. This is to enable a student to travel to a pathology or scientific allied laboratory (immunology, pathological chemistry) in North America or abroad.

MUSC College of Medicine Alumni Class Scholarships –  Currently there are nine class scholarships available to outstanding College of Medicine students. These awards are made to students who show a presence that will enrich the entire university and whose accomplishments as physicians and citizens will bring future distinction to their alma mater. Students awarded these scholarships receive them annually until graduation.  Scholarships are from the classes of 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1960,  1961, 1962, 1970, and 1978.

Dr. W. L. Mills Scholarship – Established by Dr. Mills, this scholarship is awarded annually to a medical student from South Carolina who has exhibited dedication to medicine, strong scholastic ability, and financial need.

Dr. E. Conyers O’Bryan, Jr. Scholarship – Based solely on merit, this $15,000 scholarship is awarded every four years to a first year student from South Carolina who demonstrates superb intellectual qualifications and outstanding potential for leadership in the study and practice of medicine.

The student to be awarded this scholarship is recommended to the Scholarship Board by the Admissions Committee. (Next available in 2003)

J. Dill Pittman – Established by Marvyne S. Pittman in loving memory of her husband, J. Dill Pittman from Lancaster County. Several scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of merit and need for current medical students.

Rich Scholarship – Established by Mary D. Rich in memory of her father, John Christopher Rich, M.D.; a number of scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of merit and need.

John T. Stevens Scholarship Fund – This scholarship was established through a grant by the John T. Stevens Foundation in 1972. This award is available to MUSC students from Kershaw and Lancaster counties, to encourage awardees to practice in those counties upon graduation; awardees are asked to sign a contract for five years of service in lieu of repaying the loan.

Kenneth W. Smith, M.D. Endowed Scholarship – Awarded to a student in the College of Medicine who possess the qualities of intellectual capability and integrity. This award is given in honor of Dr. Smith by his wife, Mrs. Kelley Smith. The recipient must be a resident of South Carolina and possess strong academic merit.

Southern Medical Association Medical Student Scholarship Program – Two $500 scholarships are awarded annually by the SMA to third-year students of superior ability who are in need of scholarship funds. The awarding of these scholarships occurs annually in November.

Dr. Allan George Thurmond Scholarship – This scholarship was established by U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond in honor of his brother. It is awarded annually to a worthy and needy student who is entering the Medical University as a freshman pursuing a course of study leading to an M.D. degree and who is a legal resident of South Carolina.

June O. Yarborough/Francis Marion College Scholarship - This fund was established by friends of the late Mr. Yarborough, a former member of the  MUSC Board of Trustees, for graduates of Francis Marion College who will pursue health careers at MUSC. A qualified student is recommended by Francis Marion College and the award is approved by MUSC.

The College of Medicine participates in the Health and Human Services Primary Care Loan Program, the American Medical Association Loan Program, the Robert Wood Johnson Loan Guarantee Program, the federally insured and/or guaranteed loan programs, the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, the State Physician Shortage Area Scholarship Program, and other miscellaneous scholarship and loan programs. For detailed financial aid information, see the General Information section of this Bulletin.

Computer Requirements
Since computers have become an essential part of education and medical practice, the College of Medicine requires that each entering student have access to and usage of a computer, whether it be through ownership or use of on-campus facilities.  In order for students who have ownership of or who choose to purchase their own computer, we require that they have the minimum recommended standard software as described in the MUSC policy document “Software Standards of the University” which can be accessed through

Last Published with Edits:07/25/2014 3:22 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2014

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