John J. Morton, MD and John H. Morton, MD Memorial Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide a loan repayment award to a University of Rochester medical school graduate who has matched in a surgical residency and plans to focus on patient care.

Application Period

February 15 to April 15

Number and Size of Awards

Up to $60,000 split between two or more recipients; minimum award $10,000. Award paid in the Fall.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may only be used to repay medical school loans held by recognized lending institutions such as federally insured banks and credit unions.

Eligibility Criteria

For graduating University of Rochester medical school students who:

  • Have matched in a surgical residency;
  • Plan to focus on patient care rather than clinical research, administration, or other medical pursuits;
  • Are committed to community/volunteer service; and
  • Have significant loans with recognized lending institution(s) because of personal or family financial need.

Preference is given to students who plan to stay in the greater Rochester area.

Application Process

The application process is coordinated by the Medical Scholarship Fund Committee of the Monroe County Medical Society. Information and application forms are available at

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Medical Scholarship Fund Committee of the Monroe County Medical Society. A committee comprised of members of the medical profession (doctors and physicians) and members of the community selects the recipient(s), and informs the Community Foundation.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient.

To release the scholarship payment, send a copy of the lending institution’s promissory note and the Morton Memorial Scholarship Loan Repayment Form to the Community Foundation. The Foundation will send a check to the lending institution(s) to be applied toward the award recipient’s outstanding loan amount.

NOTE: Although the scholarship payout may be divided among multiple lending institutions, the scholarship can only be paid as a single payment lump sum to each institution. The scholarship payments must be released before February 15 or the scholarship will be forfeited.


This scholarship is a one-time award and is not renewable. Students who applied and we not selected to receive a scholarship may reapply in future years that they are eligible.

Donor Information

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Ruth Irland Morton and family members to recognize the accomplishments of her husband, Dr. John H. Morton, and his father, Dr. John J. Morton. Dr. John J. Morton was the first chairman of surgery at the new University of Rochester Medical School when it was founded in 1921. Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. John H. Morton was known for his kind, skillful, and conscientious service to surgical patients, medical students, and the medical profession. In his role as surgeon at Strong Memorial Hospital, Dr. John H. Morton cared for a broad range of patients with an emphasis on management of trauma and burns. Years later he would become the director of the Strong Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department. He also spent many years in developing licensing exams, and he enjoyed teaching students at all levels. Dr. John H. Morton was president of the Monroe County Medical Society when the Medical Scholarship Committee was first established.


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