Bringing Along the Next Generation of Great Michigan Physicians
We all know it — medical education today is an expensive proposition.
The breadth of medical knowledge, the sophistication of the technology — many
factors contribute to the increased costs of becoming a doctor. Graduating
with a debt of $100,000 is average. Many students are graduating with debt,
including obligations from their undergraduate years, of $200,000 or more.
And most Michigan medical students receive no significant scholarship support.
This is where you, as a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School,
can make a huge difference in the life of a student today.
A gift of $100,000 provides a permanently endowed scholarship in your name,
and generates a distribution of $5,000 in its first year. But another way to
accomplish the same goal in the shorter term, with less drain on your resources,
is to make an annual gift of $5,000 for four years, in effect “adopting” a
student for the four years of his or her study at Michigan. A new gift option
designed to help meet Dean Lichter’s goal of scholarship support for
every student, the $5,000-a-year-plan allows you to sponsor a scholarship in
your name without actually endowing a scholarship.
By making this named gift, you will be building a relationship with a student
who knows who you are, who will be genuinely inspired by your generosity, and
deeply grateful for your support. Such a gift, in addition to immediately lifting
some of the financial strain placed on a medical student today, is a wonderful
way of expressing your own gratitude for the difference that being a part of
medicine at Michigan has made in your life and career, and for helping to strengthen
the tradition of “giving back” that is so essential to the School’s
Your gift will qualify you for recognition at the Elizabeth Crosby Society
level of giving or higher. Your gift can be made today by check or by using
your charge account. If you have questions, Sandi Kline in the Office of Medical
Development and Alumni Relations will be happy to answer them. She can be reached
at (734) 998-0358, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The students pictured above, who are all featured in a new film produced by
the Medical School on the need for scholarship support, are, from left, Josh
Bess, Caroline Schreiber, Will Johnson, Elise Georgi, Nandita Sugandhi and
Alice Lin. If you would like a copy
of the film on videotape or DVD, please let Sandi Kline know. She will be pleased to provide you with a copy.