Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship Offered Through Foundation

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering one $1,500 scholarship to a Pennsylvania resident attending Penn State College of Medicine as a second- year student.

Application period is Jan. 1 through April 15, 2018.

In addition to completing an application, candidates must submit two reference letters; verification of medical school enrollment on school letterhead; an essay describing the person or event that most influenced you to become a physician and how you expect to lead others into medicine; and be a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), as well as his/her county medical society (membership is free).

Scott A. Gunder, MD, was a person with a vision to return something to the community that had given him so much. Early in his term as the 136th president of the Dauphin County Medical Society (DCMS), he wanted to establish a scholarship for a deserving medical student. As a clinical assistant professor of medicine, and from his own experience, he knew the tremendous commitment it takes to earn a medical degree-and the high cost.

Dr. Gunder's wish became a reality in October of 2000. The Dauphin County Medical Society established the Scott A. Gunder, MD, DCMS Presidential Scholarship Fund within The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Through this scholarship, the memory of the 39-year-old Harrisburg gastroenterologist will continue.

Dr. Gunder's gentle and compassionate spirit was worlds apart from the aggressive cancer that took his life. The vast number of condolence cards and letters his widow, Doreen, received was a testament to his character. His family remembers him as a loving husband, caring son, and thoughtful brother. His compassionate nature brought much joy and comfort to his patients, family, and friends.

In honor of Dr. Gunder, the Dauphin County Medical Society is committed to the perpetuation of this fund. It will serve as recognition of all Dauphin County Medical Society presidents who dedicate their time to the betterment of the society-as Dr. Gunder had done.

The Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs that support medical education, physician health and excellence in practice. It has helped finance medical education for more than 63 years.

For more information about this scholarship, or other scholarship opportunities, please visit For questions, contact the Foundation's Student Financial Services Director, Deborah Monko at (717) 558-7854.

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