$1,500 Dr. Morris E. Turner Scholarship Fund for 2017
About the Scholarship
A $1,500 scholarship has been established by the Highland Park Tennis Club to commemorate Dr. Morris Turner’s life and exemplary career in medicine serving citizens throughout Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. In addition to teaching at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, his service included active practices in East Liberty, Wilkinsburg, Monroeville, McKeesport, Oakland and Monessen. He was also committed to the recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented students enrolled in medical school. Dr. Turner also had a special passion for preventive care, and was highly respected for his efforts to promote health and wellness in poor, underserved, and minority communities.
Our friend “Doc” was also an avid tennis player. He was a regular “presence at the courts” and an enthusiastic supporter of Highland Park Tennis Club programs and events. Some background information about our organization might be useful at this time. The HPTC was founded in 2002. Its mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Pittsburgh’s culturally diverse communities, and to increase tennis participation, with special emphasis on youth. A non-profit organization with a multi-racial, multi-generational membership of nearly 200 people from all over the city, HPTC is the winner of the regional (2009) and national (2005) United States Tennis Association (USTA) Community Tennis Association Award, and was named Organization of the Year by the USTA Allegheny Mountain District (2009) because of the many programs and community service projects we sponsor annually. One of our signature programs is a 12 week “Free Tennis Clinic” which provides tennis instruction, equipment, fun and fellowship to 80-90 people from ages 5-75, from May through July. Our coaches use instructional techniques developed by the USTA.
To Be Eligible For The Scholarship You Must:
- Be enrolled full time in a medical program making satisfactory progress towards the completion of the degree.
- Have a grade point average of 2.5 or better.
- Provide an official transcript.
- Be a member of an underrepresented minority group
- Submit two letters of reference:
- One that can provide information about your academic performance and intellectual capabilities
- One that can speak to your character, motivation, commitment, potential etc. as a medical student and eventually as a doctor.
- Complete and submit the application and all essay questions.