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
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.