Arthur N. Wilson, MD, Scholarship
The Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship provides a $5,000 tuition assistance scholarship to a currently enrolled medical student who graduated from a high school in Southeast Alaska. This scholarship highlights the importance of supporting future physicians in rural communities. The majority of Southeast Alaska is part of the Tongass National Forest, the United States' largest national forest. Major cities are Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Due to the rural nature of Southeast Alaska, many communities have no road connections outside of their locale, so aircraft and boats are a major means of transport.
2013 Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship Recipient: Kirsten Jorgensen
After medical school, Kirsten aspires to work as a physician in rural Alaska to improve primary care delivery and positively impact health outcomes for women and children.
Donor Legacy: Arthur N. Wilson, MD
In 1984, Arthur N. Wilson, MD provided a bequest to the AMA Foundation for the Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship, to support aspiring medical students from southeast Alaska. Born in 1898 in India, Arthur N. Wilson, MD graduated from Rush Medical School and, as a general practitioner, became an integral part of the town of Ketchikan, Alaska. His wife, Dagmar Nelson Wilson and sons James A. Wilson, MD, FACS and Arthur N. Wilson, Jr., MD, both of whom practiced medicine with their father in Ketchikan, have added to the scholarship fund.