Roletta Jolly-Fritz, M.D. Scholarship
This scholarship was generously established by Dr. Jolly-Fritz’s three daughters, Lolita R. Fritz Binford, M. Jolee Fritz Robinson, and Marcia Fritz Hartman. It is designated for women medical students at the University of Iowa.
Born in Pleasantville, Iowa, in 1896, Dr. Jolly-Fritz graduated from the UI with a medical degree in 1923 at a time when few women attended medical school. From there she went to the Iowa Psychopathic Hospital where she earned a license in psychiatry. She began her private practice in Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1928. Her first love was child psychiatry, although her practice included many war veterans and women.
Dr. Jolly-Fritz later held key psychiatric positions at Central State Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee; Allentown State Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, Kansas; Central Nebraska Mental Hygiene Clinic; and the Guilford County Mental Health Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received many awards throughout her career, including the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa In 1976. Dr. Jolly-Fritz died in 1984 at the age of 87.
In 1976 she told an interviewer that she was “a farmer’s daughter” whose interest in medicine and psychiatry came from her grandfather, Lafayette Jolly, M.D., who practiced in Iowa and had a keen interest in the mentally ill.
Congratulations on receiving the Roletta Jolly-Fritz, M.D. Scholarship