Dr Akindolie was my father, a gifted, German-trained doctor who built a successful medical practice in Lagos, Nigeria. My father made a lot of sacrifices to privately educate my sister, brother and I in the UK and (together with my mother) was a huge supporter of us maximising our potential.
He sadly and tragically died of liver cancer quite suddenly in August 2012, a truly devastating loss to us all.
In April 2016, my siblings and I decided to establish the Akindolie Medical Scholarship to honour our father's memory in perpetuity whilst also supporting the pipeline of future UK junior doctors. This is important because morale amongst junior doctors is at an all time low due to the many challenges of working within an over-burdened healthcare system.
The scholarship is privately funded and is specifically aimed at supporting UK medical students from a minority ethnic background, a group that is under-represented within UK medical schools.
It comprises one bursary of £1,500 together with a year's leadership mentoring and support.
My father spoke fluent German and was a medical student at Albertus Magnus University, Cologne (the oldest university in Germany) in the 1960s. He was a Daad scholar and this scholarship support greatly assisted and supported him in completing his medical studies, especially important given that there were so few minority ethnic medical students in his year.
The inaugural, 2016 Akindolie Medical Scholarship was awarded to Folashade Oyewole (a talented 5th year medical student at Imperial College, London) at the British Medical Association in September 2016.
Applications for the scholarship open on 1st April each year.
The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 31st August.
All scholarship applications will be reviewed (including supporting evidence received - see opposite for details of supporting evidence required from shortlisted applicants). A final decision will be made after 5 pm on 30th September each year.
Please note that any supporting evidence received after 5 pm on 30th September will not be considered as part of the application and will mean the application is automatically disqualified from the process.
1) must be full time students at a UK medical school. Students currently at secondary school and still considering a career in medicine are not eligible to apply
2) must be from a BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) background
3) must demonstrate both:
- an excellent academic record; and
- a demonstrable track record of giving back to society outside their medical studies.
To apply, candidates will need to send their CV, a detailed covering letter and a 300 word statement explaining why they consider themselves to be the best candidate for the scholarship to:
Please note that due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted following application.
Supporting evidence required
Shortlisted applicants will need to provide (1) A certified true copy of their passport or other proof of identification (certified as a true copy by a practising solicitor in England and Wales) (2) details of 2 academic referees and (3) details of 1 additional referee related to voluntary work by 5 pm on 15th September.
All written references from referees must be received by 5 pm on 30th September when a final decision will be made about the awardee.