The Heritage Fund

A 501(c)(3) organization of The Atlanta Medical Association, Inc.

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Who We Are

The Heritage Fund of Atlanta Medical Association is a 501-c (3) Tax-Exempt Organization making your contribution tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law. The Federal Tax ID number for the Heritage Fund is: 58-2372394.

The Annual Scholarship and Inaugural Ball is the major fundraiser for the Organization, which presents scholarships to deserving minority students at Morehouse School of Medicine, Meharry Medical College and Howard University College of Medicine.

What We Do

The Heritage Fund Officers

Shelby R. Wilkes, M.D., M.B.A


Cyril O. Spann, Jr., M.D., S.M.

Vice President

Millard J. Collier, Jr., M.D.


Frank Jones, M.D.


Brittany Thomas, M.D.

Assistant Treasurer

B. David Blake, M.D.


The Heritage Fund Board of Directors

Julianne Adams Burt, M.D.

Erich G. Randolph, M.D.

Adrienne Atkinson Sneed, DPM

William H. Cleveland, II, M.D.

Michelle Nichols, M.D.

Morehouse School of Medicine

Scarlet Pressley Brown, M.B.A.

Arthur Raines, Jr., M.D.

Melissa Bishop-Murphy, J.D., M.B.A

National Government Relations & Multicultural Affairs

Honorary Members

Emerson E. Harrison, M.D.

Patrick Kennedy, M.B.A

Julianne Adams Burt, M.D.

Erich G. Randolph, M.D.

Julianne Adams Burt, M.D.

Erich G. Randolph, M.D.

Founding President

Juel Pate Borders, M.D.

Making A Difference

The Annual Scholarship funds are distributed equally to each institution.

The criteria are

  • Long-term resident of Metropolitan Atlanta who has attended either high school or elementary school in Metro-Atlanta. If there are no qualified students from Metro-Atlanta, then we will accept students from other areas in the State of Georgia.
  • Financial need.
  • Scholarship.


The Edward William Nelson, M.D. Scholarship Fund was inaugurated in 2003 by Dr. Jane Nelson, M.D., a friend of the Atlanta Medical Association, to honor the memory of her husband, a physician, teacher and scholar of medicine. In addition to high academic achievement, the student must:

  • Be a native of Atlanta and exhibit a need for financial assistance.
  • The student, like Dr. Edward W. Nelson, must have a passion for learning, yet demonstrate a sincere respect for diversity in ideas, culture, beliefs, and active interests and pursuits outside of medicine. In her words, “the art of medicine is infused with an understanding of the human condition.” Therefore, the recipient must be “preparing for both the science and the art of the practice of medicine…through exposure to the behavioral and social sciences and the humanities-the art, literature and music by which we express the messages of our spirits (our minds, hearts and values.)”

You Can Make A Difference

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P.O. Box 4421
Atlanta, GA 30303

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According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), in 2016-2017, only 7% of all medical school matriculants were of African-American ethnicity as compared to the 13% make-up of all Americans.  It is well-known, even corroborated by studies, that African-American patients have more trust and slightly better health outcomes with physicians that look like them.  AAMC has also surveyed medical students and acknowledge that African-Americans are more willing to practice in underserved, minority-rich but physician-scarce areas.

In 2016 nearly 74% of new medical school graduates had education debt. The AAMC annual survey of medical school students also found that median education debt levels for graduates rose to $190,000 in 2016 from $125,372 in 2000, after being adjusted for inflation.  It has also been reported that the average household income of majority medical students is sometimes twice that of minorities.  The medical school classrooms are also being skewed towards higher income families.  Economic diversity is dwindling as access to quality college education becomes more threatened.

There are myriad reasons that we, the Atlanta Medical Association, need to extend ourselves and push to become extended family for our minority medical students.  The rising indebtedness of medical school education has been shown to influence the career choices of those still matriculating.  In the end, access to superior healthcare in our communities is jeopardized.  The attrition rate is high in the state of Georgia and the applicant pool is not keeping in step.  We must pick up the pace and help those who want to serve mankind through healthcare.  Medical school is difficult enough without the added stress of how to fund it.

We are proud to continue the work of our 501-(c)(3) foundation, the Heritage Fund of the Atlanta Medical Association, and establish the AMA Endowment.  Over the past twenty years, hundreds of minority medical students from Morehouse School of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine and Meharry Medical College have been granted close to a half-million dollars. The cause of raising money for these worthwhile scholarships now can live in perpetuity.  We ask that you consider supporting our goal of raising a ten-million-dollar endowment.  Join us and contribute to the great legacy of the Atlanta Medical Association and by doing so, you ultimately will care for generations to come.

AMA Endowment Campaign Committee