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Buzzy and Helen Schulwolf Fund for Smith Scholars

Pediatrician Alfred "Buzzy" Schulwolf, M.D. was nearing retirement in 2003 when he started reflecting on the generosity bestowed upon him nearly 50 years before by a stranger. He had attended medical school at the University of Virginia on a Florence Smith Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. His scholarship from 1954 to 1958 came from a bequest from Florence Smith, daughter of a Norfolk physician.

Pediatrician Alfred "Buzzy" Schulwolf, M.D. was nearing retirement in 2003 when he started reflecting on the generosity bestowed upon him nearly 50 years before by a stranger. That led to him creating a scholarship fund to help students who remind him of himself. Buzzy attended medical school at the University of Virginia on a Florence Smith Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. His scholarship from 1954 to 1958 came from a bequest from Florence Smith, daughter of a Norfolk physician.

Buzzy returned to his hometown of Norfolk where he treated children for 43 years. After making $500 gifts of appreciation to the community foundation with in 2011 he used a $25,000 transfer from his Individual Retirement Account to start a scholarship fund to help future physicians. It is named for him and his late wife Helen.

"I regard myself as a charitable person," Schulwolf says. "But it struck me that I never had the opportunity before to give to a charity that had directly benefited me."

Hear how his Smith Scholarship helped Buzzy in his own words 



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