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Charleston donor establishes Mountaineer Medical Scholarship to help fund medical education

A $20,000 scholarship has been established to support a medical student at the West Virginia University School of Medicine Charleston Campus.

The Dr. Brittain and Judith H. McJunkin Mountaineer Medical Scholar has been established by Brittain McJunkin, MD, and his wife, Judy, to support a student throughout his or her time with the School of Medicine Charleston Campus.

Medical students graduate with an average of $190,000 in debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The $20,000 scholarship will be matched by the School of Medicine, creating a total scholarship package of $40,000 throughout a student’s two years at WVU Charleston, eliminating some of the financial burden that students experience.

“Judy and I were pleased to be presented with an opportunity to help a medical student feel less of a financial strain while going through the rigors of a medical education,” said Dr. McJunkin. 

The demand fund scholarship will be awarded to a student in the School of Medicine who attends the Charleston Campus and has met criteria for academic achievement and/or financial need.

The Mountaineer Medical Scholars program was established in 2016 by the School of Medicine to provide greater support for medical students.

With just a $20,000 commitment needed from the donor(s), the scholarship will be named after those providing the contribution or a name relevant and purposeful to the donor(s).

To learn more about the Mountaineer Medical Scholars program and supporting the School of Medicine Charleston Campus, please contact Renée Gorrell, director of development for the School of Medicine Charleston Campus at 304-347-1231 or

The donation was made through the WVU Foundation, the non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.

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