As Davis & Elkins College students return to campus, Gerald "Trey" Furby III is among them with the assistance of the Davis Health System Foundation.
Furby, a graduate of Philip Barbour High School, received $500 toward his education through the Dr. Mason Todd Corder Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a deserving student.
Furby, who graduated first in his class, plans to become a physician with a specialty in cardiology. He is familiar with the work of the late Dr. Corder, in whose honor the scholarship was created.
"Dr. Corder was an amazing doctor," Furby wrote in his essay applying for the scholarship. "I can recall him being my doctor when I was young and my mom was working for him in his office on Main Street. I stood before him in amazement as he stitched up my little brother's chin in his clinic after he fell. I watched him hold my grandfather's hand in the ER as they were preparing to Life Flight him to Morgantown after his heart attack.
"His empathy, dedication and spirit are what made him the unique, wonderful physician he was. He was truly a rare gem, those of which are hard to find nowadays. I want to take what I watched him do and follow the direction he started."
Furby's mother is a registered nurse, and he said watching her and the other medical professionals she worked with are part of the reason he wants to pursue a medical career.
"By watching the impact that the doctors and nurses made every day, from simple issues to life-threatening issues, the patient and most family members were truly grateful of the kindness, compassion, empathy and most of all training that they had to make a difference that day," Furby wrote. "I want to make a difference, today, tomorrow and every day, by helping others."
Mike Cvechko, one of the Davis Health System Foundation board members who interviewed Furby, said he is an exceptional young man with a passion for helping his community.
"He exemplified all of the traits that we were looking for in the scholarship winner," Cvechko said. "His essay was well-written and he successfully articulated why he wanted to practice medicine and give back to the community."
According to CeCe Wallace, who chairs the Foundation's scholarship committee, another scholarship will be awarded next year. It is open to graduating seniors in Randolph, Barbour, Tucker, Pocahontas and Upshur counties who plan to pursue a certification or degree in the health care field.
For more information, visit www.dhsfoundation.com or call 304-630-3043.