Millwood, VA, January 7, 2015
Dr. April Edwards with a young patient at the Monte Plata clinic, Dominican Republic

Project HOPE, the global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, is now accepting applications for the 2015 Dr. Charles A. Sanders International Residency Scholarships funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. The scholarship program, established in 2012, provides a unique opportunity for current medical residents from North Carolina to participate in a one- to two-month supervised global health elective at one of Project HOPE’s program sites in the developing world.

The program sites selected for 2015 Sanders Scholarships are the NRI General Hospital in Vijayawada, India and the Herrera women’s and children’s health clinic in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The 2015 scholarship recipients will be assigned to a program site for one to two month electives to take place later this year or in early 2016.

“Project HOPE is thrilled to offer this opportunity to North Carolina’s most talented young physicians to learn about the health needs and challenges faced by people in the developing world,” said John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE. “The knowledge and experience our Sanders Scholars gain through this program are a tremendous asset for all of their future endeavors – both at home and abroad.”

The highly-competitive scholarship is open to applicants who have completed at least one year of postgraduate training in any specialty at one of North Carolina’s four medical schools - Wake Forest School of Medicine; Duke University School of Medicine; the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an interest and commitment to the practice of medicine in a low-resource international setting. Two or more Sanders Scholars are selected annually by Project HOPE.

“As I worked with the doctors in the Dominican Republic, I realized that though many things are very similar in different countries, some things are very region-dependent,” said Dr. April Edwards, a 2013 Sanders Scholar. “The prime example of this is infections.  Where I come from, bugs I worry about on an almost daily basis are those resistant to antibiotics. As I quickly learned in the DR, among the top concerns are Dengue and Cholera.  I became better versed in how to recognize them.”

The scholarship honors the legacy of Charles A. Sanders, M.D., the retired Chairman and CEO of GlaxoSmithKline and Chairman Emeritus at Project HOPE. Dr. Sanders has been committed to improving the quality of health care in disadvantaged communities worldwide throughout his career. His many accomplishments during his 18-year tenure as Project HOPE’s Chairman of the Board included Project HOPE’s support in the establishments of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, now one of China’s premier hospitals, and the state-of-the-art Basra Children’s Hospital in war-torn Basra, Iraq.

The application deadline is February 28. Finalist candidates will be selected and initial interviews will be conducted by phone in March. Awardees will be announced on April 1. The Sanders scholarship will fund all expenses related to the elective such as costs of preparation and orientation, insurance, airfare and an in-country daily stipend. For more information on the residency scholarship and to download an application, please visit

About Project HOPE

Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now provides medical training and health education, as well as conducts humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.  Follow us on Twitter: @projecthopeorg.

About The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation

Based in Research Triangle Park, the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation supports programs that promote the sciences, health, and education. Since its creation in 1986, the Foundation has granted more than $60 million to support North Carolina projects and programs that meet the educational needs of today's society and of future generations. Follow us on Twitter @NCGSKFound.

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