Scholarship dinner to highlight importance of philanthropy in medicine

August 23, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Amelia Acuna

As the cost of education rises across the nation, the role philanthropy plays in making it affordable and attainable has become more important than ever. The University of Toledo has focused fundraising efforts to face this growing financial problem.

“If it weren’t for The University of Toledo, I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my dream of going on to medical school. I feel very lucky to be selected as one of the scholars, especially at The University of Toledo Medical Center,” said Nick Oblizajek, a recipient of the 2012 ProMedica Health System/The University of Toledo Better Together Scholarship.

This Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Toledo Hilton on UT’s Health Science Campus, numerous students like Oblizajek will be able to meet face to face with the donors who are giving back and paving the way for medical students to pursue their dreams of becoming doctors.

More than 100 students and donors are expected to attend the event, where more than $1.1 million in scholarships will be awarded.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor, executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will be on hand to discuss the importance of philanthropy in medical education and how it clears a path for a new generation of physicians who will not be burdened financially when first attempting to enter practice in their chosen community.

“The generosity of our donors has a direct impact on the delivery of quality health care in any community,” Gold said. “It not only clears the way to earning their degrees, but it empowers them to begin providing care upon graduation by not having to focus their attention on paying off sizable loans and other debilitating financial matters.”

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