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Shaver-Hitchings Scholarship

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Triangle Community Foundation


The Shaver-Hitchings Scholarship Fund was created in 1990 by Dr. George H. Hitchings and Dr. Joyce Shaver Hitchings to honor and reward individuals with a commitment to helping others in the area of drug and alcohol addiction. George Hitchings received a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1988 for his medical research work. Joyce Shaver Hitchings was a physician who specialized in the treatment of substance abuse.

The Scholarship is available to any graduate student, physician’s assistant, or medical student in the Triangle area who has worked (preferably as a volunteer) to help others with alcoholism, drug abuse and addictive disorder treatment or with preventive education on the subject of addiction. The fund is designed to recognize the recipient for his or her work or volunteer activity and to provide financial aid. Excellent candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with others in the area of addictive disorders, especially those who have done so as volunteers, are sought.


Applicants must reside in Durham, Orange, Wake, or Chatham Counties and be enrolled or planning to enroll in graduate school, a physician assistant program, or medical school. There are no limitations on age or income level. Scholarships may be used to begin a new program of study or continue a program in which the applicant is already enrolled. The school must be accredited by the appropriate regional Association for Colleges and Schools, and the applicant must enroll within one year of the application deadline. The student need not be pursuing a degree in addictive disorders, but must show a demonstrated commitment to working with others in that field during or before graduate studies, preferably as a volunteer. Awards will be made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, or national origin.


One Scholarship of $1,500 will be awarded each year. The Scholarship may be applied toward expenses for tuition, required fees, and required books or materials not covered by other financial aid. The Scholarship does not cover living expenses such as room and board, transportation, or childcare.

How To Obtain An Application

Application forms must be submitted using the Foundation’s online system.  Click here to begin the application process.  Transcripts must be postmarked by March 15th and mailed to:

Triangle Community Foundation
Attn: Shaver-Hitchings Scholarship
324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220
Durham, NC 27701

Application Deadline

March 15