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Scholarships and Loans
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the Alumni Association will contribute $130,000 in scholarships and low-interest loans for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School students. This includes four $20,000/year, Hippocrates Scholarships: four-year scholarships that are awarded annually for academic excellence to one member of the incoming class.
No one better appreciates a medical school’s costs and benefits than its alumni. Looking back, many physicians clearly recall their own balancing act between studying and paying bills.
In recognition of its members’ own fine education and in support of today’s students, the Alumni Association puts its greatest effort into raising funds for scholarships and loans. In the past two decades, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School alumni have contributed more than $2 million to support student scholarships and low-interest loans.
Alumni who contribute $1,000 or more to the Alumni Association Annual Fund may create a named fund. As a $1,000 donor, Mary I. Holowinsky, MD ’84, took the opportunity to name a scholarship in memory of her close friend Justine Bonsignore Zompa, MD ’84. Michael Miller, MD ’83, also gave $2,000 in memory of Dr. Zompa, which created a $3,000 scholarship. “Being a physician is still the most wonderful career. It gives so many opportunities to help others, including helping your medical school when you can,” says Dr. Holowinsky. “Of all the things we can spend money on, helping fund medical students is the best investment, because it will benefit many down the road.”
Donald J. Rose, MD ’80, named a scholarship in memory of his mother, Audrey. “She was very supportive of me emotionally and financially during medical school,” says Dr. Rose. “I wanted to do something in her name to decrease the emotional and financial burden on students today.”
Daniel Y. Kim, MD ’80, chose to name a $1,000 scholarship in honor of his father, Young M. Kim, MD, a New Jersey pathologist who inspired him to become a doctor. “He represented the idea that being a doctor is not a career or a profession but a way you live your life,” says Dr. Kim. “In remembering him, I want to give back to those who helped me.”
Ernest S. Biczak, MD ’77, former chair, Development Committee, underscores the importance of the association’s low-interest loans: “They support the students when they most need the help, without burdening them with vast interest on top of their tuition debt. Later, their repayments will replenish available funds and allow the program to continue supporting students year after year.” The loans carry a 3 percent annual interest rate, with payment deferred until the recipients complete their residencies or fellowships. For graduates who practice in New Jersey, the rate drops to 2 percent.
Carol A. Terregino, MD ’86, interim senior associate dean for education and associate dean for admissions, fervently hopes that alumni will support scholarships, an important tool in competing for and recruiting top students.