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School of Medicine Class Scholarships

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"Vanderbilt gave us the knowledge base, discipline, and sense of quality that launched us into careers as exceptional physicians. It is our time to give back to Vanderbilt and to join our classes in supporting today's medical students."

—Richard B. Johnston Jr., MD'61
2014 Gift Chair for the School of Medicine

celebrating graduationThrough class scholarship giving, alumni honor their own Vanderbilt experiences while helping ensure the success of medical students today and those of tomorrow. While alumni may contribute to their class scholarship at any time, Reunion offers an ideal opportunity for alumni to support this effort.

The Class Scholarship program invites alumni to join a collective effort to establish endowed scholarships in the School of Medicine. In conjunction with Reunion, class members often choose to make contributions to support scholarships—the most critical funding priority at the School of Medicine. The power of collective giving is revealed through class scholarships—thus far, class scholarships have contributed nearly $1 million to the Scholarship Initiative.

  • Class Scholarships are established and named for individual classes—such as the Class of 1978 Scholarship—when the fund reaches $25,000 or more.
  • Gift chairs for each class serve as important ambassadors for scholarship fundraising, setting an example through their own contributions and for communicating the need for scholarships with classmates.
  • To learn more about class scholarships, contact Hayden Pruett at (615) 936-0247 or

Learn more about the impact of class scholarships