About the Scholarship


Who was Dr. Davis?

Dr. Davis was a beloved husband, son, father, and grandfather. He also was a mentor to countless young people and physicians. Born in 1918 in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Davis received his BA and MD degrees cum laude from Duke University. After service in WWII, he completed his residency training in Pediatrics at UNC and was selected as the first Chief Resident of the Residency Program. Dr. Davis practiced pediatrics in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for 40 years. He taught as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Bowman Gray School of Medicine from 1955 to 1990, and was Clinical Professor Emeritus from 1990 until his death in 1999. He received the North Carolina Governor's Award, the Order of the Longleaf Pine, for his work in Neonatology. Dr. Davis was married to Clarice Tyson Davis for 56 years.

About the Scholarship

The Scholarship is funded through a generous gifts from Pamela Davis Leight (daughter of Dr. Davis) and George Staples Leight, Jr., M.D. The recipient will be awarded a substantial tuition scholarship. If the student's tuition has already been covered, the student may use the scholarship money for room and board or other living expenses.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

UNC medical students who intend to become boarded in Pediatrics or a Pediatric Subspecialty are eligible.

Criteria (Provided by the Davis Family)

The medical student selected as the Davis Pediatric Scholar will be one who, during the third-year medical school clinical experience, demonstrated a scholarly approach to pediatric medicine; an exemplary sensitivity, concern and care for children of all backgrounds; a special talent for putting patients and parents at ease; a willingness to both listen and provide clear explanations; a recognizable ability to gain the trust of patients, families, and other medical providers; high moral standards and ethical values; and a passion for enhancing the well-being of children everywhere.