UNC receives $3M award for medical students to pursue urban, rural careers
The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust has awarded $3 million to the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine.
The gift is targeted for a scholarship program that’s meant to inspire North Carolina medical students to pursue careers in primary care medicine in underserved rural and urban areas of the state.
The trustees made the gift in honor of Dr. Richard Krasno, who served as executive director of the trust and led the UNC Health Care board of directors. The Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program takes the place of the Sarah Graham Kenan Rural and Underserved Medical Scholars Program, using funds from that existing fund and the new endowment.
It’s run in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville.
“We are very thankful to the Kenan Charitable Trust for their generous support of this important program,” said Dr. William Roper, dean of the UNC medical school. “Over the last two years, we have successfully piloted many components of the program and are excited to do even more to support medical careers in rural and urban underserved areas of our state.”
The program picks first-year medical students who have lived or worked in such communities and immerses them during their core clinical year. Rural scholars will attend the regional campus at Asheville, while urban scholars go to Charlotte.
Kenan scholarships will support the second, third and fourth years of medical school and are expected to reduce student debt by $30,000 per student.
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