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Eugene Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund
It all started with hope and the idea to write a letter. Nearly 73 years ago Dr. Benjamin Mays, the legendary president of Morehouse College penned a letter to Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind asking her to donate one scholarship to a deserving Morehouse College student.
Mitchell agreed to the initial donation and now the Mitchell philanthropy has grown to include Morehouse School of Medicine. Mitchell’s nephew, Eugene Mitchell continued her legacy of philanthropy by establishing the Eugene Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund at Morehouse School of Medicine with a commitment of $1.5 million in 2005. Since the inception of the Eugene Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund, 19 students have been recipients of a total of 24 awards.
Seven decades later the Mitchell family legacy continues to touch the lives of Morehouse School of Medicine students through the Eugene Mitchell Endowed Scholarship Fund. Scholarship opportunities are impacting Ashanda Esdaille and Marijan Pejic, the future doctors of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Class of 2015.
Ashanda Esdaille, is a graduate of Spelman College and attended high school in her hometown of Duluth, GA, where she realized her passion for serving the underserved community. She served as Program Coordinator for Helping our Teen Girls in Real Life Situations, Inc., a not-for-profit organization to provide health education materials and activities for medically indigent adolescent women. After graduation from MSM, she plans to practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology where she will forge her interest in working with young, underserved women along with her passion for providing quality healthcare.
Marijan Pejic graduated from Emory University with a double major in neuroscience and behavioral biology and economics. He has lived in the Atlanta area since 1999 and plans to stay in Atlanta as a family doctor, although he is also interested in internal medicine. Pejic was born in Yugoslavia before the war occurred. With his family, he escaped to Germany and later immigrated to the United States under a refugee status. While in college, he developed websites and published print-on-demand books for non-profits. Once he obtains his medical degree, he plans to continue to seek ways of creating a positive influence on his community and believes he is in the greatest place on Earth that could prepare him for this.
The Eugene Mitchell Scholarship fund provides an amazing opportunity for outstanding students to pursue their educational goals and make a positive impact on the community.
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