I was disappointed to miss speaking at the annual ISMA meeting because of travel complications. Foremost among my planned remarks was expressing thanks to each of you and the ISMA for your gifts to support scholarships, one of my highest priorities. Obviously, scholarships decrease the amount students must borrow and therefore repay. But what’s not so obvious is that this support allows scholarship recipients to choose a specialty based on their passion and not simply the ability to pay off debt.
To encourage your investment in the future of medicine, the school currently has two matches available for scholarship gifts:
- I have set aside funds to match 20 gifts of $100,000 creating a new endowed scholarship or adding to an existing scholarship. The gift amount may be paid over five years, and the $100,000 match will be added to the principle, creating a $200,000 endowed scholarship. You may name the scholarship in your name or in honor or memory of someone else.
- The other match is smaller but still important. A gift of $5,000 will be matched with $5,000, providing a one-time scholarship award of $10,000. Donors contributing $5,000 may name their scholarship, e.g., the John and Nancy Smith Scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded for the next academic year as matching funds are available.
If you would like more information about either of these match opportunities, please contact Jill Kooiman at (317) 278-2113 in our Office of Gift Development.
Again, I very much appreciate all you do for the IU School of Medicine and our students.