The Medical Education Scholarship Endowment of the Memorial Health Foundation received a second $1M gift from an anonymous donor and Nicole A. Neal, a Savannah native and first-year medical school student, has received a four-year scholarship.
Neal, a graduate of Groves High School and Armstrong State University, began studying at Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah campus, in August.
Begun in 2011 with a $250,000 gift, the The Medical Education Scholarship Endowment received $1M in 2014 and another $1M in 2015, making it the largest endowment within Memorial Health Foundation and the only one restricted to support future physicians. “Receiving this scholarship is an honor,” said Neal. “It means to me that I’m not in this alone, and there are people who believe in me and support my dream of becoming an excellent doctor. Neal has not yet decided what branch of medicine she will pursue upon graduation.
During Neal’s senior year in high school, she participated in the Georgia Medical Society High School program, which allowed her to shadow surgeons at Memorial. From that time, she knew she wanted to be a doctor. In 2013, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology. She then earned a master’s degree from Hampton University in Virginia. Mercer accepted her into medical school here in Savannah when she applied to their early acceptance program.
Neal’s path into medicine is even more deeply connected to Memorial and Mercer: Her grandmother practiced nursing at Memorial, and she participated in the Memorial Health Explorer Post program during high school.
The first recipient of the scholarship is now a first-year resident in the family medicine residency program at Memorial. Shenique Anderson, M.D., graduated last spring from Mercer and took up her post-graduate work this summer.