Vickers cover 1The threat of freezing rain in early March is not unusual in Alabama, but this year it forced the cancellation of an event that has become a tradition for the School of Medicine.

Our annual Scholarship Dinner is always a highlight of our year, and so we have spent the last few weeks scheduling lunches, visits, and even a Skype call or two so that our students can personally thank the people who are making their education possible. In every case, our students express their profound gratitude for the support their scholarship provides, and many describe feeling a sense of responsibility to their donor—even greater motivation to do their very best because they know someone believes in them.

Giving always helps the recipient, but it also richly rewards the giver. Our scholarship donors tell us over and over that when they see the power of their investment in the life of a young person and his or her dreams, they believe they get back more than they give. That is a powerful feeling, and it is the reason that these generous people and organizations continue to invest in our School and our students.

This has been another record year for our scholarship program, in which we awarded almost $3.1 million to 225 students. That represents an increase of 16 percent increase over last year, and the largest increase ever. Scholarships are one of five priorities for our School of Medicine Alumni Campaign and are being matched dollar for dollar by the Dean’s office through September 30, 2015. Click here to learn more about the Alumni Campaign and how you can participate.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch the video we prepared for the 2015 Scholarship Dinner, and meet just a few of the donors and recipients whose lives have been changed by the power of generosity.

And if you want to know how you can be a part of this circle of giving, give us a call at (205) 975-5659.

Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean
James C. Lee Endowed Chair