SPONSORING AGENCY: Shaver-Hitchings Scholarship Fund

PURPOSE: The Shaver Hitchings Scholarship Fund was created in 1990 by Dr. George H. Hitchings and Dr. Joyce Shaver Hitchings for the purpose of honoring and rewarding individuals with a commitment to helping others in the area of drug and alcohol addiction.

FIELDS: The scholarship is available to any graduate student, physician's assistant, or medical student in the Triangle area who has worked (preferably as a volunteer) to help others with alcoholism, drug abuse and addictive disorder treatment or with preventative education on the subject of addiction.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must reside in Chatham, Durham, Orange, or Wake Counties, and be enrolled or planning to enroll in graduate school, a physician assistant program, or medical school. There are no limitations on age or income level. Scholarships may be used to begin a new program of study or continue a program in which the applicant is already enrolled. The student need not be pursuing a degree in addictive disorders, but must show demonstrated commitment to working with others in that field during or before graduate studies, preferably as a volunteer.

EVALUATION AND SELECTION: Decisions are made by the Triangle Community Foundation's Scholarship Selection Committee, which is composed of persons knowledgeable about education. Candidates must complete an application, submit a transcript from the last institution of higher education attended, and answer a narrative question on the choice to work or volunteer in the area of drug, addiction or substance abuse.

STIPEND: $1,500

The scholarship may be applied toward expenses for tuition, required fees, and required books or materials not covered by other financial aid. The Scholarship does not cover living expenses such as room and board, transportation or child care.