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Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship

Mission Trip to Honduras - February, 2024

Scholarship Application Deadline: October 20, 2023

Jessica Summers, MD

Dr. Jessica Summers was a vibrant, young talented trauma/burn surgeon with many talents and passions. She was extremely passionate about her medical missionary work in Honduras, where she would go each year to provide medical care. In addition to the medical care that she provided, she would also sponsor two children each year through the Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund (HCRF) while on her mission trip. Jessica is remembered for her big smile, caring, compassion, and generosity in Honduras. (Sponsoring a child is not a requirement of the candidate.)

In continuing her legacy, the Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the Upstate Foundation to sponsor an annual mission trip for a medical professional. 

Objective of the Mission Trip

According to the HCRF, “Through the experience of a short-term mission trip, it is hoped that participants will contribute significantly to many of the needs of the Honduran people. The trip will also expand one's view of the Creator, the great need in the world, and the relative unimportance of "things" in our lives. This will be a trip of "reverse mission" where we learn some of life's most important lessons from the poorest of the poor.”

The mission trip to will typically encompass travel to five Honduran villages and see some 1,500 patients, both children and adults, most with medical needs.

Medical professionals are needed in the following fields/specialties:

  • General medicine
  • Surgical
  • Nursing
  • Orthopedics
  • Dentists
  • Internists
  • Family practice

The Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship will provide up to $2,000 to cover the cost of attending the HCRF mission trip which includes: airfare from the departing airport in Houston, Texas to Comayagua, Honduras as well as all ground transportation, room, board and meals while on mission in Honduras. The scholarship will cover the expenses of attending the mission trip. The candidate will be responsible for the cost of his/her travel to the departing airport in Houston, Texas. The candidate will only need to bring personal spending money. Arrangements for the flight to and from Honduras, room, board and meals will be arranged by the HCRF. The Upstate Foundation will pay the mission fee directly to HCRF.

Who Can Apply: Any medical professional

How to Apply for the scholarship: Application deadline: October 20, 2023

  1. Provide a paragraph (500-word limit) in a cover letter describing:
  • Why is taking part in this mission important to you?
  • What do you expect to gain from this experience?
  1. Submit a Professional CV including previous volunteer activities
  2. Submit three professional letters of recommendation for attending the mission trip

Submit your application by mail to:

Tamara Roberts
c/o Clark Burn Center
Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Or email: [email protected]


The selection committee will review applications by December 10, 2021. The selected candidate will be notified by phone and email. The scholarship recipient must submit his/her application to the Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund by December 31, 2023 to participate in the February 2024 mission trip. The selected candidate will have a reserved spot for the February trip.

For more information, please contact Tamara Roberts, 315-464-9369, [email protected]

About the Honduran Children’s Rescue Fund and Mission Trip to Honduras



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