Foundation, CASE To Give 8-Year Medical Scholarships

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The Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation is partnering with Case Western Reserve University Medical School to offer instruction and scholarships to students at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine - the premier magnet school of the Cleveland metropolitan School District housed at John Hay high School.

Edwards desire before her death was to leave a legacy in medical education.
The Foundation was impressed by the unprecedented partnership between the science-based school and nine area science and medicine institutions.

Brian McDonald is Executive Director of the Edwards Foundation. He says the program will impact ALL 400 students at the advanced school through special lectures, programs, and opportunities at CASE's medical school.

"We have no delusions that these kids need our help... They're already performing really well on their own. But the stuff that they're gonna get out of this is going to make them even more competitive. And then at the end of this educational event, we're going to be able to award one of those students a full ride scholarship to CASE undergraduate, and then follow that with a full ride scholarship to CASE Medical School."

That's a package with an estimated value of $468,000 in 2010 dollars...

Beginning with this year's juniors, the foundation will award the 8 year educational scholarship to one school of science and medicine graduate, every year.

Joan C. Edwards was an English immigrant who traveled the country as a musician and actress, before marrying and settling in West Virginia. A second endowment will be placed at Huntington's Marshall University, for additional medical education scholarships.

Rick Jackson, 90.3.

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