September 16, 2016
Barbara Sobko, left, and Karen Buckner September 16, 2016 | by Amy Bickers

In 2000, Carol Medders made a gift through her estate plan so that students from the UAB School of Health Professions would benefit one day.

This year, Ms. Medders, who retired from UAB in 1998, decided “one day” was now.

“When you get to a certain age, you’ve got all this money in different investment accounts,” she said. “And you can’t take it with you. I decided I wanted to go ahead and endow the scholarship now, and then add to it through my estate plan. I hope that this scholarship can meet the needs of many current students in the school. Plus, I will have the personal benefit of being able to meet the recipients while I’m still around.”

The Carol E. Medders Endowed Scholarship in Health Professions is a testament to Ms. Medders’ long history of helping students navigate the challenging road to graduation. During most of her 30 years in higher education, including more than 27 years at UAB, Ms. Medders worked in the School of Health Professions in admissions and enrollment. She received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, of which she was president for the 1991-1992 term and served on the executive committee for 10 years. She also served as president of the Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and as vice president of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

The UAB School of Health Professions is one of the largest health professions schools in the nation with more than 20 innovative programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree levels within five departments. U.S. News & World Report ranks several SHP programs in the nation’s top 25.

The scholarship will provide assistance to deserving students so they can set aside financial concerns to concentrate fully on academic pursuits.

“So many students in the school are enrolled in coursework for 30 to 40 hours a week and have limited opportunity for employment while in school,” Ms. Medders said. “Scholarships make it so their loan debts are not as significant.”

She looks forward to the day she can meet the first student to receive the scholarship.

“I’ve always had a heart for helping people that are in need, and some of that grew out of working with the students,” Ms. Medders said. “It was an honor for me to work with so many outstanding students while at UAB. I have been inspired to do this, and I hope that my gift will inspire others to consider doing the same.”

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