Lawrence Zollicoffer-Allan Cross Community Health Fellowship

Lawrence Zollicoffer-Alan Cross Community Health Fellowship

The Zollicoffer-Cross Community Health Fellowship was established by the family of Lawrence Zollicoffer, M.D., Class of 1962. He was the fourth African American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine. An activist for civil and human rights, Dr. Zollicoffer dedicated his life to the health care of the community in which he practiced.

The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage medical students, especially underrepresented minority students, to experience community medicine and to learn about the health issues related to minority and medically under-served communities. Any student is welcomed to apply.

The fellowship is awarded annually to the student who, in the judgment of a faculty and donor committee, submits an outstanding proposal to undertake a community health project that focuses on the health of minority and under-served communities. The proposal should be limited to three pages that describe the applicant's interest in community medicine and what will be undertaken in the proposed project. The selected student will receive an award of $1,500 for the support of the plan.

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must submit the following information by December 12, 2014.

1. A detailed description of the proposed community health project that outlines the following:
a) the purpose;
b) the background and significance;
c) the expected beginning date and date of completion.

2. A letter from a faculty preceptor, indicating the preceptor's support and willingness to assist in arranging the proposed project.


Recipients of the Zollicoffer Fellowship must complete the project before receiving the M.D. degree and submit a written report of the project to the Office of Student Affairs. If needed, a stop may be placed on the recipient's UNC records, pending receipt of the report.

A recipient of the Lawrence Zollicoffer Community Health Fellowship may receive other awards or funding concurrent with this fellowship. In addition, one may receive elective credit for the project, provided that the student has taken the necessary steps to qualify for academic credit.

Please submit applications via the Mayer Society webpage

Please direct questions to The Zollicoffer Fellowship Committee c/o Lisa Long Office of Special Programs