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Alumni oncologist and his wife launch pre-med scholarship

Posted: November 5th, 2011


FOR ASPIRING DOCTORS – Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain, right, joins with Jill and Edward Smith in creating a scholarship for students who are using LSSU as a stepping stone to a medical degree. The fund in their name initially earmarks an annual grant for qualified majors in a pre-med concentration program during their junior and senior academic years. Edward Smith, a 1978 graduate of Lake Superior State, is a physician who cares for patients with cancer and blood disorders through the facilities of the Mackinac Straits Health Systems Campus in St. Ignace, Mich. His wife, Jill, is an oncology nurse at the same hospital. (LSSU/John Shibley)

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Students preparing to become medical doctors at Lake Superior State University now have a scholarship to help them along. The Edward and Jill Smith Scholarship initially earmarks an annual $500 grant for qualified students majoring in a pre-med concentration program during their junior and senior academic years.

Edward Smith is a physician who has been practicing in St. Ignace, Mich. since 1986. After graduating from Lake Superior State in 1978, he received a medical degree from Michigan State University and completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of Michigan. Today Dr. Smith provides care for patients with cancer and blood disorders in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. His wife, Jill, is a registered nurse and a graduate of Grand Rapids Junior College. She is an oncology nurse at the newly opened Mackinac Straits Health Systems Campus in St. Ignace, Mich.

"I came from a large family, and without the scholarships I received, I would not have had enough money to attend college and ultimately become a physician," says Dr. Smith. "Jill and I are fortunate with our careers and feel we should return the generosity we received."

"I've known the Smith family for many years so I'm not surprised to see them establish this scholarship," says Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain who, along with the Smiths, signed the documents to create the fund. "Providing opportunities for future doctors certainly reflects the values of Ed and Jill Smith."

Edward and Jill Smith Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a LSSU pre-med concentration program. Students who apply must have at least 56 credits and a GPA of at least 3.0. The scholarship is renewable, provided the student meets the LSSU scholarship renewal policy. Preference will be given to those who are graduates of a Michigan high school.

Candidates can fill out an application through LSSU's financial aid office for consideration by a selection committee of Biology faculty. Applications for the first award must be submitted by the end of February.

For more information about this or any one of the more than 100 scholarships and awards available at LSSU, call the LSSU Foundation Office at 906-635-2665 or run a search for “LSSU foundation scholarships” on the Web.

Run a web search for "LSSU pre-professional" to learn more about physician-prep programs at Lake State.

Lake Superior State University is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, along the U.S./Canada international border. With an enrollment of about 3,000 students, LSSU offers an undergraduate experience that features small classes, individual attention and faculty/student research opportunities that are not always readily available at larger schools. LSSU students choose from a blend of liberal and technical studies in more than 40 areas. Find out more at lssu.edu.


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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Sharon Dorrity, LSSU Foundation Office, e-mail, 635-2665.


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