UH Med Now
Witnessing students’ passion for medicine reassures scholarship donor of his choice to give
Pictured: Rylie Wada, MD 2023 candidate, greets scholarship donor with lei. Deborah Manog Dimaya photo.
By Deborah Manog Dimaya, UH Med Now Correspondent
A whopping $2.85M in scholarships supported 65% of University of Hawaiʻi medical school students during the 2019-2020 school year. This growth in scholarship support also made it possible for the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) to expand its largest incoming MD class size to 77 students. Many grateful doctors-to-be welcomed the scholarship donors to JABSOM with lei and personally thanked them for their selfless generosity at the medical school’s Second Annual Scholarship Dinner event at the Kakaʻako campus.
Making the Choice to Give
In’s mother was a Hawaiʻi public school teacher. Naturally, he and his family thought it was “fitting” that they used the monies received from her funeral service to help students pay for an education “and that’s how the scholarship came about,” he said.
Onstage, Ric Wo, longtime JABSOM supporter and parent to alumnus Shane Wo (JABSOM MD 2016) spoke directly to the students in the audience on behalf of the donors.
He added, “the challenges may seem endless but also know you have a solid base and admiring supporters so, go for it at JABSOM.”
Say, a recipient of the full-tuition Weinman Queens Scholarship, was able to come home to Hawaiʻi to study medicine after working in California for several years as a clinical research coordinator at Stanford University. She would love to stay and practice in Hawaiʻi as a physician.
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