Scholarship Notes

I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude to you for your contribution to my ongoing medical education. With massive loans quickly growing larger, this medical scholarship will allow me to stress less about debt and focus on learning. Except for my four years of undergraduate studies at Alabama, I have lived in Birmingham all my life and am currently in my second year of med school. I chose medicine in order to apply my love of science in the most meaningful way possible: serving others. With the Step 1 board exam and clinical years fast approaching, I am anxious to apply this new knowledge to patients’ lives. Rather than viewing this scholarship as a reward for past efforts, I interpret it as an investment in my future. To that end, I assure you that your investment will not be wasted and it is truly appreciated.

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Having been in my shoes before, I am sure you know that medical school is neither cheap nor easy. I want to thank you for making it a little of both with the Dean’s Medical Scholarship. I came to medical school with the goal to help provide medical care to those who do not usually receive it. While I do not know where or how I will execute this vision, I do know that your gift has continued my journey in reaching it. It is an honor to attend my classes here as it has provided a wonderfully enriching place to learn and grow.

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I would like to thank you for your generosity. As I look back on these past 3 1/2 years, I realize how blessed I am. I have decided to pursue a career in emergency medicine and I hope to stay here for residency. I have big plans to make a positive impact in this community. Again, I thank you, and my family thanks you. I am the first doctor in my family, and they are so proud. And in a few years, the SOM will feel the same way.

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I would like to say thank you and also the parties responsible for my School of Medicine scholarships. I am from one of the underserved communities right here in Birmingham, so I appreciate the patrons’ ability to give back to the community. I attended Xavier University in New Orleans. At present, I am a fourth-year medical student.

I chose to go into the field of medicine because of a life-changing experience that I had with my sister when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The process of being on the patient side of health care really made me appreciate the doctor-patient relationship—that pact of trust, fellowship, and companionship.

My future goals consist of going into academic radiology, possibly specializing in interventional or neuroradiology. I appreciate the relief these scholarships have given me throughout medical school. By not having to worry about the burden of more loans, I was able to focus more on my studies and clinical duties. I just want to say thank you once again. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the School of Medicine.

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Thank you very much for helping defray the cost of my medical education through the generous gifts I received this school year. The money provided via the Dean’s Medical, School of Medicine general gifts, and School of Medicine Diversity Scholarships will provide me with the opportunity to focus more on my education and less on my increasing academic debt. As a student planning to pursue a career in academic medicine, I am greatly indebted to your generosity. Hopefully I will have the opportunity provide for future medical students in the same way.