Scioto Foundation Announces New Mullins Scholarship Fund

March 17, 2014

The Scioto Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Dr. James R. Mullins Scholarship Fund, established in memory of a local physician who practiced medicine for 31 years in Portsmouth. The new fund has been set up by Mullins’ daughters, Jame Rebekah Monroe of Powell, Ohio and Remi Mullins-Murphy of Tracy, California.

Born November 4, 1946 in Magnolia, Arkansas, Dr. Mullins died on November 9, 2011 at the age of 65. He was a son of the late Cennie and Mae Smith Mullins. Dr. Mullins was a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and was a New York Life Medical Scholar.

He was a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, Board Certified by the Board of General Medicine and an active member of the Ohio State Medical Association. He came to Portsmouth to establish his practice in 1980. Locally, he was a past chief of staff of the Southern Ohio Medical Center and former medical director for The Counseling Center. In addition to his two daughters, Dr. Mullins was the grandfather of four grandchildren with another expected in six weeks.

“Our dad was a consumer of information, a champion of knowledge,” said Mullins-Murphy. “He believed that greatness could come from anyone and that education is the best avenue to facilitate meaningful advances and changes in people’s lives. Moreover, those tangible results make huge differences in our communities here and around the globe.”

“Our father viewed education in such high regard,” Monroe said. “I know he would be pleased that we have moved forward with this fund.”

To be eligible for the Mullins Scholarship, a student must be a graduate of a Scioto County high school or a current resident of Scioto County. In addition, applicants must have a minimum high school and/or college grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be pursuing a degree in science with a preference for healthcare.

Applicants must attend a college or university listed in the most recent US News and World Report’s National University or National Liberal Arts College rankings of “Top 200 Schools.” Candidates are required to complete and submit three letters of recommendation from a family member, an employer or coach and a teacher, faculty or staff member of their current school.

Annual scholarship selections will be made through an advisory committee working in concert with the Scioto Foundation Board of Governors. The initial members of the committee will be Jame Rebekah Monroe, Remi Mullins and one other member. In the event that either Monroe or Mullins-Murphy or another immediate family member of Dr. Mullins resigns, dies, or for any other reason becomes unavailable, the selection will be made by the SF Board of Governors or on its behalf by the volunteer scholarship committee of the Scioto Foundation.

Additional information about the Dr. James R. Mullins Scholarship Fund or other scholarship funds held at the Scioto Foundation may be obtained by contacting SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip at (740) 354-4612 or by visiting the Foundation’s UCAN website at