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Scholars and Donors Honored

School of Medicine


Top University of Colorado officials gathered Wednesday evening to recognize 97 School of Medicine students who have been awarded President’s Medical Scholarships and University Physicians, Inc. Scholarships.

These scholarships are a significant commitment by the University, the School of Medicine and its physicians to aid students who could not afford medical school without financial assistance.

“The School of Medicine is working constantly to serve our community and the world with compassion and distinction,” said Richard Krugman, MD, Dean of the School of Medicine. “These scholarships are a promise to educate a new generation of physicians who reflect the diverse community we support and who are dedicated to improved health care for all.”

The President’s Medical Scholarship is a four-year award, ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 per student per year. The class of 2017 is the fourth group of President’s Medical Scholarship recipients. With this incoming class, there will be about 80 President’s Medical Scholars enrolled at CU.

University Physicians, Inc., (UPI), which provides business and administrative support for the practicing physicians on the School’s faculty, allocates up to $250,000 per year to support medical students with these scholarships. Ten to 15 UPI Scholarships are awarded each year.

The ceremony at UPI’s offices near the Anschutz Medical Campus also paid tribute to the individual donors on the School of Medicine faculty who provided personal financial support to the scholarship program. Between 2010 and 2012, faculty members contributed about $150,000 through individual gifts.

Wednesday’s program included a moment of silence to remember UPI Scholar Alejandro “Alex” Rodriguez-Prieto, who was to start his second year of medical school this summer. Alex died in a motorcycle accident in August.

University President Bruce Benson, University of Colorado-Denver Chancellor Don Elliman, Anschutz Medical Campus Executive Vice Chancellor Lilly Marks and UPI Executive Director Jane Schumaker joined about 60 scholars and donors at the event.