Elizabeth Smith Kennedy Medical Scholarship
After Elizabeth Smith “Grandma Doc” Kennedy died in 1966, her family looked for an appropriate way to pay tribute to her and her 63 years of work as a general practitioner in Oelwein, Iowa. That’s why they established an endowment to create the Elizabeth Smith Kennedy Medical Scholarship Fund, which provides an annual scholarship based on financial need and academic performance to a female student in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine for her senior year.
Family members have maintained “Grandma Doc’s” legacy, which began when she graduated from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in 1901. The fund continues to grow, and women in her family have carried on the tradition of seeking medical degrees. Other women graduates of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine include Elizabeth’s daughters, Ruth Nayfield and Elizabeth Knuth; a niece, Elizabeth Smith; and a granddaughter, Susan Nayfield.
“We are committed to the University of Iowa because of what it offered women in our family at a time when many women were not being accepted in professional programs at other universities,” says Susan, who is a member of The Presidents Club, the University’s highest honor club for generous contributors.
Congratulations on receiving the Elizabeth Smith Kennedy Medical Scholarship