KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A new scholarship is being designed to attract Kalamazoo public school graduates to Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine.
Headteachers announced the creation of the WMed Promise Thursday. The fundraising initiative for this is still ongoing, so it is not yet open to applicants.
The WMed Promise is modeled on but not part of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship which covers full tuition for KPS graduates at colleges in Michigan.
“Kalamazoo has long been recognized as a national leader in supporting higher education with the launch of The Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program over 16 years ago. Now, with the WMed Promise Scholarship, we can make medical education at WMed accessible and more affordable for KPS graduates,” said WMed Dean Dr. Paula Termuhlen. “Our hope is that these KPS graduates will practice medicine in Kalamazoo after graduation and residency.”
The WMed Promise would be for KPS graduates who are recipients of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship. There are currently two Kalamazoo Promise recipients enrolled in medical school.
“We hope to increase this statistic with the WMed Promise scholarship,” Termuhlen said.
The faculty of medicine is accept donations online for the purpose of endowing the scholarship program so that it can operate indefinitely. A Thursday statement did not indicate the total amount the fundraiser is seeking to raise.
The fundraising campaign is chaired by Dr. Robert Gorman III, WMed faculty member, local orthopedic surgeon and KPS graduate himself.
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