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Before, during and after medical school, scholarships make an important difference for Vanderbilt students. With the help of scholarship support, Vanderbilt can attract the most talented students, and these students can graduate with far less debt. Through our Scholarship Initiative, we are focused on growing the scholarship endowment at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Today, the daunting challenges of health care demand new solutions. Vanderbilt’s collegial and innovative environment ensures the development of physician leaders prepared to face these challenges. Scholarships help Vanderbilt students of today and tomorrow build careers of innovation and impact in medicine.

Building endowment for scholarships enables the next generation of physicians to change health care for the better. Together with our alumni, our community partners and our faculty members, we will empower students who possess the drive to make a difference in medicine.

Meet the Students

Scholarship support is making a Vanderbilt medical education possible for these students.

Leonela Villegas

Leonela Villegas
Alpha Kappa Kappa Scholarship

"I visited Vanderbilt and it just clicked. I'm so inspired by the passion of this community – I know my friends, my classmates here, are going to do great things in medicine."

Josh Hollabaugh
Helen W. and Louis Rosenfeld Endowed Scholarship

“The scholarship gives me the freedom to explore my interests in medicine and public health—and to be an active member of the Vanderbilt community.”

Leonela Villegas

Leonela Villegas

John Chen
Drs. Frank Luton and Clifton Greer Scholarship

"Not having a huge debt burden does free up the choices I have for my future. I do not feel pressured to select a career based on my salary. What I choose to do in medicine will be based on my desire."

Jennifer Rahn
David Hitt Williams, M.D. Memorial Scholarship, John N. Shell Endowment Fund

"When I was interviewing at other medical schools, I kept thinking...'This is good...but Vanderbilt is better.' I wouldn't have been able to attend Vanderbilt without the scholarship."

Leonela Villegas

Rivka Ihejirika

Rivka Ihejirika
James Edward Holloran Scholarship; Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarship

"The scholarship was a huge factor in my decision to attend Vanderbilt. To me, it showed the school believed in me and was investing in me."

Luke Mosley
Lux Scholarship in Medicine

"I'm interested in understanding how the patient's entire context and story changes the way he or she views health and how they access health care—so that we can really make true personalized care for each individual."

Leonela Villegas

Travis Mathison

Travis Mathison
1966 School of Medicine Class Scholarship

"The scholarship not only helps me achieve my educational and career goals. It helps me focus on the “now” and make the most out of my medical school experience."

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