Suffolk surgeon brings scholarship to Hampton Roads community

Posted at 11:00 PM, Oct 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-22 23:02:50-04

The L.D. Britt, MD Scholarship Fund is celebrating its 20th year of providing scholarships to minority medical students. The scholarship fund was started by the highly successful surgeon, L.D. Britt.

Dr. Britt is a proud native of Suffolk and was the valedictorian of Booker T. Washington High School. After graduating from both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, he began a successful medical career.

He is the first African American in the Commonwealth of Virginia to achieve the position of professor of surgery.

He has published over 200 scientific publications and three books and currently serves on numerous editorial boards.

Dr. Britt is actively involved in serving the community and has recently received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award and the Colgate Darden Scouter Citizen of the Year Award.

The L.D. Britt, MD Scholarship Fund is raised by the Hampton Roads community and is a self-sustaining endowed scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1995 to honor Dr. Britt’s dedication to medicine and philanthropy. Each year the scholarship is given to a deserving minority student who hopes to pursue a doctor of medicine degree.

“It has always been our goal to have the scholarship be able to be given out in perpetuity,” said L.D. Britt. “I’m thrilled that the Hampton Roads community has supported this goal.”

This year’s scholarship fund dinner will be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriot Hotel on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. Dr. Britt will be the keynote speaker as well as Shannon L. Walker, MD. Walker is an honor graduate from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Community Service Award nominees will be Lucy Gibney, MD, Charlie W. Hill and CVS Health.

For more information on the scholarship and scholarship fund dinner, click here.