Dr. Christopher Ryan and Dr. Ashley Dawson, general surgery residents, received the James W. Brooks Resident Scholarship from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA). As stated on the STSA website, the award "seeks to identify and encourage general surgery residents who are committed to pursuing a career in cardiothoracic surgery." The primary selection criterion was displaying a significant dedication to the field of cardiothoracic surgery through community service, education, and leadership. The program typically includes funding to allow awardees to travel to the annual meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awardees will instead be afforded the opportunity to receive mentorship in career planning from an STSA member cardiothoracic surgeon.