The class of 2020 recognizes the far-reaching impact of COVID-19, including added financial burdens for medical students and their loved ones. To combat this, the class has established two funds. The UF College of Medicine Class of 2020 Scholarship Fund is a need-based scholarship for a future UF medical student, and the Medical Student Support Fund offers interest-free loan assistance to support medical students encountering unexpected expenses.
“COVID-19 highlighted some of the unexpected expenses medical students encounter — like attending funerals or spouses and family members losing jobs. This is on top of the other expenditures medical students face, including paying for mental and physical health needs that arise while in medical school,” said UF College of Medicine Class of 2020 President Wayne Dell, M.D. ’20. “After our Match Day and graduation events were cancelled, our class saw an opportunity to create something long lasting that could help future students. We decided to establish two accounts using our class funds with support from the College of Medicine.”
The following members of the class of 2020 contributed to the pair of funds:
Nathan Burriss, Amanda LaPorte, Colleen Cowdery, Jonathan Fraebel, Aditi Patel, Joanne Alfred, Stacey Kirkpatrick, Jeffrey Chapa, Laura Cline, Wayne Dell, Sarah Baker, Andrew Davis, Alexis Santos, Timothy Stoddard, Savannah Liddell, Peter Jiang, Tiffany Miller, Lucia Gonzalez-Llanos, Stephen Tapia-Ruano, Leslie Goldberg, Kristen Woodward, Nadine Hamed, Laura Gordon, Bhavana Pottabatula, Olushola Ogunlari, Elizabeth Jean-Marie, Macie Wilkins and Anthony Barrios