High School Fellowships

Life-Changing Summer Experience

Statement on Covid-19 and Impact on Fellowship Program

The summer of 2020 is bringing some significant changes to the Stillwater Medical Foundation’s fellowship program. Beginning this year, four students will be accepted into the program. Additionally, the eligibility for all fellowships has been expanded to include students who are completing their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve had inquiries from students who really just started looking at medicine during their senior year. We met with our donor families and determined it was time to expand the scope of the fellowships,” stated Jeffery Corbett, coordinator of the program. “All of them also now include the sophomore to junior summer. Previously only the Breedlove Fellowship included that range.”

During the program, fellows are able to observe surgeries, the birth of babies, physical therapy, and emergency treatment as well as shadowing physicians in the hospital and area clinic settings. The program includes field trips to both of Oklahoma’s medical schools, Dean McGee Eye Institute, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, Integris’ Paul Silverstein Burn & Wound Care Unit in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute in Tulsa. Students also visit Behavioral Sciences at OUHSC and the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.

This program was created by the late Dr. Orville Rippy. Upon his retirement in 1983, he asked friends and family to support the creation of the Rippy Fellowship. In the mid 90’s, Dr. Robert Breedlove started an endowment for the Breedlove Fellowship. At the same time, Glen Henry, the 1987 Rippy Fellow, and his mother, Glenna Franklin Cramer, started the Franklin Fellowship in memory of Bill Franklin. In 2019, retired nurse and hospital volunteer Sue McMillan created an endowment for the McMillan Fellowship. Alumni from the program includes 23 physicians and medical students. In addition to doctors, the program has inspired physician assistants, psychologists, nurses, audiologists, dietitians, and more.