Fall 2014
Development News

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Scholarship Committee

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Seated left to right, Jacqueline Nguyen, alliance co-chair; Deborah Kuhls, M.D., assistant dean of academic affairs; Wendy Nelson, director of development; Ann Diggins, director of student affairs; Gloria Aberman, alliance co-chair. Back row, scholarship recipients Angela Villamagna, Krystle Tuano, M.D.'14, and Sean Comeau. Photo by Edgar Antonio Núñez.

Medical society, alliance support students

Story by Anne McMillin, APR

In 2014, School of Medicine students continued to benefit from the generosity of both the Clark County Medical Society and the Clark County Medical Society Alliance.

At the medical society's installation dinner and awards gala in June, Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., said the School of Medicine deeply appreciates "the Clark County Medical Society's ongoing support of the school and its students and most especially for this year's generous support of scholarships for 13 first-year students from Clark County."

Over the past 20 years, the society has supported more than 130 students, with scholarships of more than $175,000.

"Your support of medical students and medical education in Nevada is inspiring to all of us," Schwenk concluded.

School of Medicine Clark County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship Endowment recipients for 2014 include Krystle Tuano, M.D. '14, and fourth-year students Angela Villamagna and Sean Comeau.

These current scholarship recipients and representatives from the School of Medicine attended the annual scholarship luncheon this spring to express appreciation for the alliance's long-standing commitment to the School of Medicine and to accept a contribution to provide additional scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

Originally established in 1977, the CCMS Alliance Scholarship Endowment provides scholarship support to Clark County high school graduates in their third or fourth year of medical school. Over the past 35 years, the Alliance Scholarship Endowment has provided for 55 scholarships.

Gloria Aberman, co-chair of the alliance's scholarship committee, said her organization has consistently held fundraisers to support its scholarship efforts as a way to be supportive of the medical profession and to help the medical community in its educational growth.

Originally designed as a holiday greeting card fundraiser within the physician community to support the scholarship endowment, the project has grown to a community-wide effort and is one of two the alliance coordinates to raise resources for its charitable endeavors.

"This is one way we have of contributing to medical care in southern Nevada. We hope these students will return to practice so we can build a better future for medicine and health care here," Aberman explained.

The 2015 CCMSA Holiday Scholarship Project co-chairs are Jacqueline Nguyen-Lee, Bonnie Ng and Emily Smith.

An endowed scholarship is a permanent fund that is invested to create a lasting resource of support that will grow in perpetuity. Students at the School of Medicine have been fortunate to receive this support for many years. The CCMSA generously has supplemented its scholarship fund in recent years to ensure additional scholarships are awarded.

The alliance is primarily a service organization, focusing on health-related needs in the southern Nevada community. Part of their mission is to improve the health and quality of life for all people and to support the education of those seeking to provide the highest quality health care.