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Scholarship Vignettes

Scholarships continue to be a high-priority need for the medical school. In fiscal year 2011, the School of Medicine Office of Financial Aid awarded nearly $3.5 million in merit and need-based scholarship support, with an average scholarship of $8,175. Nevertheless:

  • Only 17 out of 177 students from the Class of 2011 graduated debt-free.
  • The average debt for those Class of 2011 graduates with debt was $156,849, ranging from $8,500 to $388,651.

Since 1990, the generosity of donors has led to the establishment of 70 privately funded scholarships with a market value of $10.4 million. Students are awarded scholarships based on criteria established by scholarships’ donors.

For more information about establishing a scholarship, contact Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs Joy Sanders at joy.sanders@vcuhealth.org, 804-828-3800 or toll-free at 800-332-8813.

Click on the pictures below for the video-taped comments from each student reflecting on the impact that their scholarship has had on their studies.

The videos can be viewed with the realplayer plug-in. If you do not already have this plug-in installed, click the realplayer icon on the right to download your free copy.


Scott Annett
recipient of an Aesculapian Scholarship 

Each year, two dozen Aesculapian Scholarships are made possible through gifts given to the School of Medicine Annual Fund by our alumni, faculty, parents and friends. They are awarded to top incoming students.
[Video: 1:55 minutes]
[Video: 2:52 minutes]
Georgina Owusu-Asiedu
recipient of the Theresa A. Thomas Health Professional Scholarship 

The Teresa Thomas Health Professional Scholarships were established as a means of carrying out Mr. George D. Thomas’ desire to promote and develop medical specialists, and education for medical practitioners who plan to practice family medicine in rural Virginia.
Harry Wright
recipient of the Harriet and Harry Grandis Family Scholarship 

The three Harriet and Harry Grandis Family Scholarships are the only fully-funded private scholarships within the School of Medicine. The Grandis family has been a generous benefactor to the MCV Campus of VCU and has a strong desire to help educate gifted medical students.
[Video: 2:48 minutes]
[Video: 1:12 minutes]
Natalie Zameroski
recipient of the Dr. Miles Hench Scholarship 

The Dr. Miles Hench Scholarship is awarded each year to the last person admitted to the incoming medical school class. The scholarship was endowed by Dr. Larry Schlesinger, M'71, in honor of Dr. Miles Hench, the former dean of admissions for the medical school.
Michelle Cowan
recipient of the Linda and Richard Costanzo Scholarship 

The Linda and Richard Costanzo Scholarship is awarded to a rising second year student, based on academic excellence and financial need. This scholarship is used to purchase textbooks or reference books that will enhance the recipients’ personal medical libraries. The Costanzos are current faculty members in the School of Medicine.
[Video: 1:12 minutes]
[Video: 1:18 minutes]
Will Schleicher
recipient of the Charles L. Boatwright M.D. Scholarship 

The Charles L. Boatwright M.D. Scholarship is awarded to a student from southwest or rural Virginia. Dr. Boatwright was a 1953 graduate of the School of Medicine. Beloved by the community, he was known for his unhurried attention, readiness to treat anybody and his famous diagnostic ability.
Daniel Barrett
recipient of the Susan J. Mellette Scholarship 

The Dr. Susan J. Mellette scholars are selected based on their interest in oncology as well as any established activities or studies that support this interest. Dr. Susan Mellette came to MCV in 1954 with a primary interest in oncology and retired as Professor of Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine in 1995.
[Video: 1:53 minutes]