Dr. Brian Ling Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Ling was a well-respected internist and nephrologist with Mountain Kidney and Hypertension Associates in Asheville, North Carolina. He was known for providing excellent, patient-centered care, and has been variously described as "a rare and wonderful human being" and "a brilliant clinician." Dr. Ling died in March 2006 at the age of 50.

Soft spoken, with a dry wit, a deadpan delivery and a twinkle in his eye, Brian Ling was so modest that few knew how significant and varied his accomplishments were for a man who lived only 50 years. He enjoyed the profound respect of his peers, the gratitude of the many patients whose lives he touched, the adoration of his cherished young daughter and the love of his family and friends. Humble and self deprecating, he never spoke of the numerous awards he received for excellence in his field.

His patients knew him for his compassion, gentle bedside manner and selfless dedication. His partners at the practice appreciated how hard and intensely Dr. Ling worked for good patient care.

The Western Carolina Medical Society (formerly known as the Buncombe County Medical Society) has created this scholarship in Dr. Ling's memory.


One-time $2,000

Number Of Awards

Three Awards


Jan. 22, 2024


Public or private high school seniors whose primary legal residence is in Buncombe County, and who are interested in pursuing higher education in any healthcare-related field.

CFWNC ensures that all scholarship recipients are selected on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis and that selections are based on specific guidelines and criteria for each fund.

Selection Criteria

  • a good academic performance record (minimum 3.0 GPA and good SAT scores)
  • participation in extracurricular school and community activities
  • demonstrated responsibility, respect and compassion for others
  • In addition to the personal and college statements requested as part of the application, an essay is an additional required component of the application for this scholarship. Please write a 250-300 word essay explaining your desire to pursue a career in healthcare, your goals for education and how this scholarship would make a difference.


To Apply

To apply, students must complete an application online. The application, with required attachments, must be submitted online on or before the deadline. Award Year 2024 closed.

Application Procedure

The scholarship program is administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Please direct any questions about this scholarship to the foundation, at scholarships@cfwnc.org.

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