A Mega-Scholarship Will Cover College and Medical School Costs for a Minority Student at a Cleveland High School Each Year

The Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation has endowed a scholarship fund that will provide full tuition and room and board for college and for medical school at Case Western Reserve University to a minority student who graduates from the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. The specialty high school is part of the public school system in Cleveland. Over the course of college and medical school, the scholarship will be worth more than $450,000. The scholarship was created for an inner-city student in the hope that after graduating from medical school in that city, the recipient will stay and practice medicine in underserved minority communities. However, there is no stipulation in the scholarship rules that the student remain in Cleveland after graduating from medical school.

Joan C. Edwards was a philanthropist and former jazz singer. Her husband, James, who died in 1991, was owner and CEO of the National Mattress Company in Huntington, West Virginia.