Charles R. Leone, MD and Judith Leone Reed Scholarship Fund

This fund supports undergraduates at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences who have significant economic needs.

Judith Leone Reed and Charles R. Leone, MD

This award was established by Judith Ann Leone Reed, who graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University and worked as a dental assistant in Erie, Pennsylvania. Additionally, Reed volunteered to provide dental services to underserved populations in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a patron and member of the arts for institutions including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and Art Partners. She died in April 2018 at age 79.

Reed created the scholarship in the name of her father, Charles R. Leone, MD, who was a general surgeon and practiced in Erie. He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1929 and interned at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie. Leone served a preceptorship in Erie and completed post-graduate training at Cook County in Chicago. Later, he became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Leone started a surgery group called Liberty Surgery Associates and saw his last patient at age 82. He died in May 1991 at age 86.

Award Amount

This fund provides $2,500 per year to an undergraduate.


You’re eligible for this award if you:
  • are a student in one of our eight undergraduate programs
  • currently are in your junior or senior year
  • have financial need
  • are in good academic standing in your major
  • have filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Application Process

Apply for this award via the University at Buffalo Scholarship Portal.

Application is open from August 31, 2023 - September 18, 2023.


If you have questions about this scholarship fund, please contact:

Kelli Hickey.

Kelli Hickey


Enrollment Management & Biomedical Undergraduate Education

40 Biomedical Education Building

Phone: 716-829-3005