Applications for the Samuel M. Goodrich, M.D., Endowed Healthcare Scholarship are now available to students enrolled in health care or health care-related fields of study.
Interested students should have completed a minimum of two years of study toward their health care program or have been accepted into their selected graduate program. Preference is given to current or former residents of Baldwin County, but other qualified applicants will also be considered.
The application can be found at www.navicenthealth.org/nhb/goodrich-scholarship.
Completed applications should be mailed to the following address:
Goodrich Scholarship, Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin, c/o Administration
821 N. Cobb St., Milledgeville, Ga. 31061.
Applications must be received by June 1, 2021.
This endowed scholarship has been established to honor a dedicated physician from Milledgeville. Dr. Samuel M. Goodrich was born in his family's home in Milledgeville and he attended Georgia Military College Prep and junior college before transferring to the University of Georgia where he received his bachelor's degree with majors in chemistry, physics and biology. At UGA he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He received his Medical Doctorate, in 1961, at the Medical College of Georgia, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and where he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Goodrich served as a Major in the Army at Fort Bragg, N.C. and then was an assistant professor at MCG before opening his practice in Milledgeville in 1969.
For nearly 40 years, from 1969 to February 2008, Dr. Goodrich was an esteemed practitioner of Women's Health, delivered literally thousands of babies and cared for all of his patients with a deep commitment and concern for their well-being. Dr. Goodrich took great pride in being able to bring the most current advances in his medical specialty to the Milledgeville community.
Dr. Goodrich was known in his community to be a humble, gentle and generous man. He gave of his time and financial resources to many institutions and causes during his career, asking for little in return. His patients attest to his humanity in the manner with which he treated all who came to him for help. Most importantly, Dr. Goodrich was a loving husband and father of four, a role more important to him than any other.
Dr. Goodrich lost a brief battle with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and is greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. It is in his spirit of generosity, his belief in the physician/healthcare professional-patient relationship, his desire to see the best and the brightest enter the healthcare professions and as an honor to his legacy that this scholarship is endowed and administered.