Former students and colleagues of W. Albert Sullivan Jr., M.D., heeded the call when they learned that an anonymous Medical School alumnus had agreed to match up to $106,500 in contributions to the Albert Sullivan Scholarship Fund. Within a year, 535 supporters had made gifts and pledges totaling more than $127,000 to the fund honoring the popular associate dean of student affairs, who died in 1990.
Today’s students face an average debt of more than $130,000 by the time they complete medical school. To help reduce that burden, the Sullivan scholarship supports medical students at the University of Minnesota, with preference given to undergraduates majoring in fields outside the sciences. The scholarship qualifies for the President’s Scholarship Match, which doubles its impact for current medical students.