Did You Know?

The Florence L. Smith Medical Scholarship has helped over 700 physicians cover the cost of medical school

For 2014-15 the Smith Scholarship is providing $83,000 in scholarships for 18 medical students.

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


Applications for 2015-16 Smith Scholarships are available online. Click here to learn more and get started on your scholarship application.

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 2014 Smith Scholar Update and learn about:

  • Dr. Alfred L. “Buzzy” Schulwolf: Following in Florence Smith’s Footsteps
  • Dr. Arthur Nalls: Psychiatrist Gives Back for One Reason
  • Dr. Samuel Marney & Dr. Robert McIntire: Retired Classmates Remember Their Benefactor
  • Dr. Richard Brown & Dr. Susan Brown Girois: Humanitarian Physicians Share Special Bonds

    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.

Two High-Impact Physicians Provide Good Vision and Sound Minds

Bruce Bodner, M.D. has helped provide 20,000 corneas and eye tissues to help people see.

Robert Brown, M.D. has helped thousands of Army veterans have peace of mind.

Click here to download the story of how Florence Smith helped these two physicians have amazing careers.

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