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Spring 2014
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We Did It!
Despite economic meltdown, Annual Fund powers through.
In spite of the worldwide financial upheaval that struck right in the middle of the fiscal year, the Brown Medical Annual Fund (BMAF) surpassed last year’s record, reaching $780,000 by June 30.

This remarkable success was due, in large part, to parents of PLME undergraduates and medical students. A $50,000 challenge had been issued by two anonymous parent couples, who pledged to match all new gifts of $250. Parents rose to the challenge and earned the full $50,000, providing a major bump to the BMAF.

Term scholarships also proved popular. With a gift of $15,000 or more, donors are able to name a medical scholarship for a one-year term, and the scholarship is awarded to a medical student with financial need. Adding to the appeal is the opportunity for donors to meet “their” students at the annual “Generosity and Gratitude” celebration. This year, four Brown Medical Annual Fund Term Scholarships were established: Daniel A. DiPrete ’85 MD’89 Medical Scholarship; Yuan-Fei Chang MD’90 and Anthony Chien-Yang Chen MD’90 Medical Scholarship; David Gill Memorial Medical Scholarship (established by Nicole Gill ’90 and John A. Deckoff for the fourth consecutive year); and the Merry Jayne Haworth MD’92 Memorial Scholarship (established by classmates and friends of the late Merry Jayne Haworth).

“After Merry Jayne’s death in October 2008, seven classmates and I developed the idea of a memorial scholarship with the knowledge that she would have loved the idea of helping another med student with similar concerns to hers,” says Sarah Wolk Bechta ’88 MD’92. “Being a medical student as a single parent was an unbelievable challenge that MJ handled with grace. Financial concerns were an added burden that were almost career ending. When one student circulated a sign-up list to babysit for MJ’s children on Sunday afternoons, we did not hesitate to give our time to help.

“Our class has come together again to support Merry Jayne. She would be so touched by the fact that so many good friends and acquaintances would contribute to a scholarship in her name. Her children, Mackenzie and Marshall, having lived through MJ’s adventures at Brown, are thrilled that a deserving medical student can now complete her own studies with a lighter financial burden.” April Wilhelm MD’12 received the scholarship.

Fifty-five percent of the BMAF is used to provide scholarships—and more than three quarters of Alpert medical students need some amount of financial assistance. The remainder of the Fund supports medical education, including curriculum features such as the Doctoring course and the Scholarly Concentrations Program.

All donors to the BMAF are recognized in the Honor Roll of Donors, which will be published in late fall. 
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