Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Darke County Historical Society Announces the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship Award

The Garst Museum’s Executive Director, Clay Johnson, Ph.D.
presents the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Scholarship award to Melanie Stall.
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship award for the 2013-2014 academic year has been presented to Melanie Stall. A graduate of Greenville High School, Melanie is currently attending the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’s will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.

Dr. Thomas received a degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa & Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals, leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.

Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County, a graduate of a Darke County high school, and must have been accepted into a medical school.

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