Two West Virginia University students are getting a major financial boost for medical school. Carrie Cantrell and Marcus Shaffer have each received $5,000 Kidder Scholarships from the H.E.DocKidder Memorial Trust.

Cantrell, a biochemistry major from Charleston, will graduate this month and attend the WVU School of Medicine in the fall.

During her undergraduate career, she participated in the WVU Honors Program, served as co-vice president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates and was a member of the track team.

She is active in the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Golden Key International Honour Society and Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture.

Cantrell is the recipient of a WVU Presidential Scholarship, Gladys Davis Scholarship and White Hill Chemistry Award.

She has worked in the research laboratory of Ken Blemings, assistant professor of biochemistry, and as a research assistant at the Charleston Area Medical Center.

After completing medical school, she plans to practice in West Virginia with a specialty in pediatrics or oncology.

Also headed to the WVU School of Medicine is Shaffer, a junior biochemistry major from Weston.

He is the president of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, a volunteer tutor at the WVU Chemistry Learning Center and a former counselor for the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State.

He has completed a research externship at the Charleston Area Medical Center and worked as an assistant in the Davis College’s reproductive physiology program.

Shaffer would like to someday practice medicine in West Virginia and specialize in surgery.

The Kidder Memorial Trust honors the late H.E.DocKidder, professor emeritus of animal and veterinary sciences in the Davis College. He had a distinguished career at WVU as a researcher and educator, serving from 1954 to 1988.

After his death in 1989, his will created the trust to support Davis College students in their graduate or professional education. Scholarship winners are selected based on academic performance with added consideration for leadership and financial need.