Medical scholarships meet a critical need in ensuring the supply of highly skilled and compassionate physicians for Alabama, the region and the world. The increasing cost of providing our best and brightest students with a top-caliber medical education means tuition can become a major burden. This debt load – averaging $150,000 for graduating medical students – not only can make the medical school years difficult, but can influence a student’s choice of the medicine he or she will practice – leading a young man or woman who feels called to primary care to nevertheless choose a specialty in which the pay is higher, and contributing to the already critical shortage of primary care physicians across Alabama.
Your support through scholarship contributions can have a positive impact on the future of these promising new physicians and on the quality of healthcare throughout our region. With your help, even more talented students can realize their dreams by easing their financial worries, allowing them to focus on their studies and clinical experiences.
Your gift can change everything – not only for the students who benefit, but for their future patients, too.
Senior Vice President and Dean Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S., has identified the following priority areas for scholarships:
- Need-based scholarships to relieve student debt
- Merit-based scholarships to reward student achievement
- Scholarships for students wishing to pursue primary care careers (more about supporting primary care scholarships)
- Scholarships for students at our regional campuses: Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa.
- Scholarships for under-represented minority students
- Scholarships that recognize and reward student leaders (for example, scholarships for class presidents)
Scholarships may be endowed – meaning the funds are invested and a portion of earnings used to fund an annual award – or sponsored – meaning current-use funds are spent outright each year to support a student.
Scholarships are named according to the donor’s wishes. Some donors choose to use their own names; others choose to name their endowed scholarship in honor or memory of a loved one.
For information on how you can support medical student scholarships at UAB:
Jessica Brooks Lane
Director of Development for Medical Scholarships and Primary Care