Did You Know?

The Florence L. Smith Medical Scholarship has helped nearly 750 physicians cover the cost of medical school

For 2015-16 the Smith Scholarship is providing $81,000 in scholarships for 15 medical students.

Past recipients have gone on to head the American Medical Association and many national and state medical societies


The deadline to apply for 2016-17 scholarships is March 1.

Since 1952 a bequest from the late Florence Smith has provided scholarships for more than 700 Virginia medical students. In 2006 a group of grateful physicians who had received the scholarship created the Society of Smith Scholars. In 2012 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation celebrated the 60th anniversary of the scholarship.

The Society exists to:.


Encourage Smith Scholars to donate to the Florence L. Smith Medical Scholarship Fund and help future physicians


Raise visibility about the prestige of being a Smith Scholar


Foster bonds between current and past recipients


Increase scholarship award amounts to keep pace with escalating medical school costs


What's New

Read the Spring 2015 Smith Scholar Update and learn about:

  • Dr. Lewis Martin II: ‘Florence Smith Saved My Bacon’
  • Kendra L. Jackson: UVA Student Strives to Be a Role Model
  • Dr. Ryan T. Jones: Diagnosis Leads to Worldwide Fame
  • Dr. Frank Chen: Mom’s Illness Inspires Unorthodox Journey

    Read a past newsletter:

Tom Hollandsworth, M.D.

Eastern Shore Physician Proves You Can Go Home Again

Tom Hollandsworth, M.D., an Eastern Shore native, earned a degree from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg and always vowed to return to live and work on the shore.

He studied medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk with four years of scholarship help from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s Florence L. Smith Medical Scholarship Fund.

Click here to read more.

Bruce Bodner, M.D. and Robert Brown, M.D.

Dad & Daughter Share Bonds

Dr. Richard Brown of Norfolk, a retired infectious disease specialist and medical missionary, and his daughter, Dr. Susan Brown Girois, a Norfolk internist, both are Smith Scholars.

They were the first father-daughter duo to become Smith Scholars and now support the scholarship while giving back to their community.

Read more.

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