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Impact Story: Young Alumni Give Back through Scholarships

Match Day, March 2022

In fiscal year 2021, 32 percent of all The Founders Society-NULC members gave back to Feinberg through scholarship funds. Increasingly, many scholarship supporters are young alumni who recognize the power of scholarships to attract top prospective students with diverse backgrounds and to expand career horizons for current students.

We asked four young alumni members of The Founders Society why they choose to give back through scholarships.

“I chose to support the Feinberg Promise Scholarship because data show that outcomes improve when patients are cared for by providers who look like them. Increasing the diversity of our medical students and ultimately of the physician workforce is one way to work toward dismantling health disparities.”

—Daniel Pellicer, ’18 MD, The Founders Society-Young Alumni Member

The Physician Assistant Program Class of 2021

“I give back to the Physical Therapy Scholarship Fund because Northwestern Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences is committed to their students’ personal and professional growth. If I can help lessen the financial burden for others to help them pursue their goals, then I want to be a part of that. Everyone deserves access to a high-quality education.”

—Christina Ronson, ’20 DPT, The Founders Society-Young Alumni Member

“I have been associated with the Northwestern Physician Assistant (PA) program for the past three years—as both a student and now as a young alumna. It is clear to me that the program is dedicated to turning feedback and suggestions into tangible changes for the benefit of the program, its current and future students, and its alumni. I wanted to support the PA Scholarship Fund to show my gratitude for the continued efforts of the program and facilitate progress moving forward.”

—Maggie C. Schiffhauer, ’21, The Founders Society-Young Alumni Member

MD Welcome BBQ, August 2021

“I was grateful to receive plenty of resources from Northwestern Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences when I was a student, which enriched my knowledge and shaped who I am as a clinician. I would like to pay it forward to help smooth a pathway for students as they continue their education in one of the best PT programs.”

—Sean Kang, ’17 DPT, The Founders Society-Young Alumni Member

This story was published in The Founders Society Impact Stories, a publication that highlights leadership donors to various areas of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Read the whole issue here.