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The Sugar Scholars Program

The Sugar Scholars Endowment was created to honor the life of Alton “Sugar” Chong. Sugar ‘s life of service was the inspiration behind Dr. Deborah Chong’s decision to pursue international medicine. Sugar will be remembered by the many who were the beneficiaries of his generosity and innovation.

Alton “Sugar” Chong was born and grew up in Jamaica.  He was born of poor but very hard working parents, and was able to put himself through university in the United States to become an engineer.  He never forgot his humble beginnings and returned to Jamaica after finishing school. Even during his struggle with cancer, he continued to deliver food to homeless people until he was no longer physically able to learn more about Sugar Chong click on his name to see his biography.

The “SUGAR SCHOLARS” involves sponsoring American medical students to join our missions to Jamaica and sponsoring Jamaican students as well. The first Sugar Scholar went on the November 2009 mission to Jamaica.  Her name is Georgia Bromfield .  Read her essay and those of more recent Sugar Scholars about their mission experiences by clicking on their name.   In February 2010 our second scholar, Patricia Foo accompanied us, Carly Schwartz went on our November 2011 mission and Alinea Noronha came with us in November 2012.

Medical students are welcome on our medical missions, check here to learn more about our future missions. Medicine in Action is currently offering a scholarship program for medical students.

If you would like to donate to the scholarship program to facilitate medical volunteering for students, you can click the donate now button:

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Please indicate on the check that you would like your donation to be used for the scholarship program.

Medical students who would like to apply can download the application 2016 Sugar Scholar Application here.

If you would like more information, contact

2017 Jamaica

October 27 – November 9 2017 – followed by a fundraising climb.

*Sugar Scholar is for the November mission deadline for the application is April 15th of every year.*

Download this useful How to Survive your mission trip to Jamaica