Christopher Ackerman, 2017 Winner
Christopher Ackerman, recipient of the Ted A. Wolfe Physician Scholarship, administered by the Western Maryland Health System Foundation, has been named Student Doctor of the Year at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is also under review for Top Five Student Doctors in America.
The Ted A. Wolfe Physician Scholarship represents the legacy of a man who grew up in Cumberland and dedicated a portion of his will to support "medical services and educational expenses for persons in Allegany County in need of financial assistance.” The scholarship program fulfills Mr. Wolfe's wishes exactly, while funding medical school education for an outstanding local student. His generosity and foresight is a gift to our community, as these young adults return, as physicians, to practice medicine in Allegany County.
For additional information about the Western Maryland Health System Foundation Scholarship Program, please call 240-964-8061, or Click HERE
About the Ted A. Wolfe Physician Scholarship
In 2007, the Western Maryland Health System Foundation announced the largest scholarship program in local history, a $200,000 award for a medical school and residency program. The Ted A. Wolfe Foundation, administered by the WMHS Foundation, will fund up to seven years of educational expenses for a deserving medical student.
Ted Wolfe was born and reared in Cumberland, graduated from Allegany High School, and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree from American University. He was a successful real estate investor in the Washington, D.C., area. He passed away in 2005 and left a generous gift to the people of Allegany County through his will. As per his written wishes, his estate will be used to fund medical services and educational expenses for Allegany County residents in need of financial assistance.
The Ted A. Wolfe Physician Scholarship will be awarded to an Allegany County resident who has completed an undergraduate pre-medical degree with at least a 3.0 grade point average, and who has been accepted into, or is currently attending, medical school or a residency program. Preference will be given to students who have been accepted into, or are attending, the University of Maryland Medical School. The scholarship selection process will include a review of the applicant’s academic record, personal essay, references, and community service.
This scholarship and the student receiving it will truly create a lasting legacy to Mr. Wolfe, as the recipient will contract to return to Allegany County to establish and maintain a full-time medical practice, to consist of one year of practice for each year of scholarship funding received.
As part of administering the Ted A. Wolfe Estate Trust, the WMHS Foundation has established a Grant Program in support and recognition of our many community health partners. (Click Here) For more information on the Ted A. Wolfe Trust Grant Program.