The third annual Scholars in Medicine Donor Recognition Dinner was held on Nov. 20, 2010. The event, hosted by School of Medicine Dean Larry J. Shapiro and Mrs. Carol Uetake-Shapiro, was an occasion to recognize generous donors who have “named” scholarships and to celebrate current medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy and audiology and communication sciences students who benefit from these scholarship gifts.
More than 335 students, alumni, friends and faculty gathered in the Starlight Ballroom at the Chase Park Plaza. The donors had the opportunity to meet their scholarship recipients, and the students were able to interact with their outstanding mentors.
Setting the evening’s tone, Shapiro, MD 71, who also is executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, shared: “We celebrate these bright young minds, and we entrust them with the future of our health care.”
More than 65 percent of medical students at Washington University receive scholarships. The percentage is even greater for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and audiology and communication sciences students.
This year, the School of Medicine awarded 42 annual scholarships and 122 endowed scholarships. In nearly two years of the Opening Doors to the Future: Scholarship Initiative, individuals and families have committed more than $15.5 million toward a $25 million goal for the school.