For a hundred years, the citizens of our community have reached deep with donations and bequests to endow scholarships for deserving students entering health care professions. We educate and train hundreds of medical students, nurses, dentists, therapists and other health care providers every year – and we’re deeply concerned. For example, even with scholarship assistance, a future physician must complete four years of undergraduate education, four years of medical school, and years of internship, residencies and fellowships—leaving her deeply in debt before she even begins practicing. We all pay a price for that debt, as fewer and fewer students aim for careers as primary care physicians, family doctors or psychiatrists – particularly in poorer, underserved regions . We see the same burden and challenges in other fields. We have to address the problem of student debt and expand our scholarship funds. To do that, we have to turn to you.
VCU School of Allied Health Professions
The VCU School of Allied Health Professions educates the students who form the backbone of our health care system: radiology technicians, nurse anesthetists, physical and occupational therapists, lab techs, counselors, administrators and more. They enter these fields without the expectation of great financial rewards: they want to help people. Their training is expensive, so the need for scholarships is pressing, particularly because VCU Heath reaches out across the state to encourage bright but underprivileged students to enter health care fields.
VCU Medical School
Every year, approximately 1,000 students attend VCU Medical School, Virginia’s oldest and largest. It is a life-changing learning experience for students, giving them the opportunity to provide exceptional care for the sick and use their curiosity for the medical research and discovery that changes the world. They are our future, and they need your help. Last year, our newly minted M.D.s graduated with an average student debt of almost $160,000. Building our scholarship fund is among our highest priority. In recent years, community members have funded 78 new private, need based scholarship programs. As tuition and costs rise, we need to pick up the pace. From a $50 gift to our Annual Fund to the $1 million endowment, your gift eases the burden on the 80% of our student who turn to us for financial assistance.
VCU Nursing School
In a time when our region faces a critical shortage of nurses, the quality of the training offered at the VCU School of Nursing attracts the best and brightest students, ready to take on the most challenging work of their lives. The cost of maintaining those standards is high. For our nursing graduates entering a field of “competitive wages,” the personal cost of their educations even higher. Your gift to our Annual Fund helps ensure we offer the finest training; your gift to our scholarship funds allow us to continue to attract bright students with the greatest potential, and allows them to focus on their careers rather than their debt.