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Funding Priorities

The School of Medicine Annual Fund – Building a Legacy



If you would like to talk with someone about the Annual Fund, contact:
Jack Carmichael 
Phone: 804-827-4931 or 800-332-8813
E-mail: jscarmichael@vcu.edu

The foremost goal of the fund is to encourage the greatest number of alumni and friends to participate, at any gift level, every year.

The Annual Fund is the only vehicle for unrestricted giving to immediate needs in the School of Medicine. Gifts to this fund support key initiatives and are apportioned at the discretion of the Dean of the medical school. This year, gifts of all sizes will combine and 100 percent of the fund will be used to create Aesculapian Scholarships, which are scholarships used to recruit top incoming students as well as to reward current students who demonstrate outstanding merit.

Limiting tuition increases and increasing financial aid are important parts of the Dean's strategy to make a medical education more affordable for our students.

There are two donor recognition groups within the Annual Fund:

Additional information about the Annual Fund:




The Society of Aesculapius

Founded in 1989 and named for the Greco-Roman God of Medicine, the Society recognizes those who support the unrestricted needs of the medical school at the leadership level.

Society Levels
Dean’s Club $10,000 and above
Distinguished Fellow $5,000–$9,999
Senior Fellow $2,500–$4,999
Fellow $1,000–$2,499

The Augustus L. Warner Club

Established in 1998, the Augustus L. Warner Club was created to memorialize the first dean of MCV and one of our founding fathers. The School of Medicine’s first Professor of Surgery and Professor of Surgical Anatomy, Dr. Warner was remembered as “having done more to shape the course of the College than anyone else.”

We invite young alumni to become a Warner Club Member and enable aspiring students to follow Dr. Warner’s lead.

the Warner Club
Recognizing M.D. graduates of the last 10 years who make annual gifts of $100 - $999.

A Gift Well Spent—Annual Fund Allocations

Student scholarships have always been a top priority of Dean Dr. Jerry Strauss. This year, 100 percent of the Annual Fund will be used to fund Aesculapian Scholarships—recruitment scholarships to top incoming students as well as to current students with outstanding merit and financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Fund

  • Why should I give to the Annual Fund? I would rather not make an unrestricted gift. I like giving to a specific scholarship or project.
    For yearly gifts below $10,000, your gift will have the greatest impact if it is designated for the Annual Fund because the full amount of the fund can be put to use quickly for the benefit of the school and its students.
  • Where is my money going?
    The Dean directs 100 percent of the fund to create much-needed scholarhsips. The average debt of those who have debt - about three-quarters of of the Class of 2016 - was $183,165, making scholarships the most critical need at the medical school. This year, 100 percent of the Annual Fund will be used in support of student scholarships. Every year, the number of Aesculapian Scholarships awarded depends directly on the number and size of gifts to the School of Medicine Annual Fund.