An endowed scholarship has been set up in memory of the late Dr. Eugene Honeywell, the Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation announced this week.
The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for students in healthcare-related fields. In addition to the funds received from the Honeywell family, the foundation also directed memorial donations received in Dr. Honeywell’s honor to the endowment fund.
It was established as a gift from Honeywell’s wife, Carol, and his children, Julie Honeywell Ohrazda and Mark Honeywell.
“Gene believed in the importance of education,” Carol Honeywell said. “He would want to continue to help others pursue education in healthcare fields.”
Dr. Honeywell was employed at the TCMH Family Clinic in Licking from 1991 until his death in June 2010. He was known for maintaining a busy clinic and hospital practice throughout his career.
Julie Honeywell Ohrazda explained how her father was a proponent of education to her while growing up.
“He would say, ‘You need an education to do anything,'” she said. He noted that he taught her to “choose a profession, not a job.”
“My dad loved being a doctor,” Ohrazda said. “Through his work I learned to choose a career as a calling, not a place to punch a clock.”
The Honeywell family hopes that the educational scholarships will assist others in also finding their professional calling through education.
Jay Gentry, foundation director, worked with the Honeywell family to set up the endowed scholarship.
The Dr. Eugene Charles Honeywell Memorial Scholarship Fund endowment will be held and managed in an account with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks in Springfield. The foundation, CFO and the Honeywell family are working together to develop the scholarship criteria.
Although the amount and number of scholarships are not yet known, Gentry believes that the first scholarship will be awarded later in 2011. The foundation board of directors will award scholarships from the endowment. Typically, a specific percentage of earnings in an endowed scholarship fund are awarded annually.
“Medical education is a focus area of the TCMH Healthcare Foundation,” Gentry explained. “The creation of endowed scholarships is a large step forward for the foundation in recognizing and meeting the educational needs of area students interested in medicine for many years to come.”
The TCMH Healthcare Foundation is non-profit organizational arm of the hospital. It develops relationships and financial resources to support the healthcare programs, projects and services of the hospital.
For additional information about donor programs at TCMH, contact Gentry at 417-967-1377 or 866-967-3311, ext. 377.