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Support the College of Medicine The Schleyer Family Matching Gift Challenge

College of Medicine students

Alumni, students and faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine are extremely grateful for the generosity of Mary J. Zygala and Drexel University board Trustee William T. Schleyer, along with their two sons, Edward and William, Jr. (College of Medicine Classes of 2012 and 2014 respectively). Their leadership gift of $2,000,000 established The Schleyer Family Matching Gift Challenge for Scholarships in Medicine in 2012. Their investment in the education of future primary care physicians is vitally important to the College of Medicine and the local, national and global communities served. The primary care definition for this scholarship initiative includes a broad range of specialties: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, family and internal medicine.

Learn more about the Schleyers and their commitment to educating primary care physicians in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Need for Scholarships

College of Medicine students with the dean on Match Day

One in every 76 medical students in the country is educated at Drexel University College of MedicineDrexel is one of the nation's largest private medical schools with an average MD student enrollment of 260 students per class. This education, while invaluable, is not inexpensive:

  • The average cost of tuition and fees plus living expenses is $75,000 per year.
  • Students graduate with an average debt load of over $200,000.

The Need for Primary Care Physicians

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports that national physician shortages will be intensified by the expansion of coverage under the health system reform law and an aging population. The AAMC predicts a shortage of about 45,000 primary care physicians by 2025. 

The Schleyer Family Matching Gift Challenge for Scholarships in Medicine addresses both of these needs by providing scholarship support to highly deserving medical students who plan to become primary care physicians.

How the Matching Gift Works

The Schleyer Family Matching Gift Challenge for Scholarships in Medicine is designed to accelerate the growth of annual operating and endowment scholarship funds. Individuals who establish scholarships to support medical students whose intent is to provide primary care in medically underserved communities, with a focus on Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, will qualify for matching funds. Eligible primary care specialties include: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, family and internal medicine.

The gift and match will be combined to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarship awards (endowed or annual operating) to high potential, economically disadvantaged medical students with first preference to third- and fourth-year students. Selection of scholarship recipients shall be determined by the Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Medicine.

Learn more about the challenge guidelines and see matching gift examples

 
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