On March 15, resounding cheers filled the Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center as members of the Perelman School of Medicine Class of 2019 learned where they would serve their residencies.
Medical school students look forward to Match Day as the culmination of years of hard work and a lifetime of dreams. Financial aid often plays a significant role in turning those dreams into reality.
For many graduate students, financial aid opens doors not just to admission, but to educational, research, and professional training opportunities that build a solid foundation for their careers. That is why increasing graduate financial aid is a crucial priority of The Power of Penn Campaign.
(Click on the markers on the map above to explore where students have matched and in which specialties)
“We are proud of our students as we welcome them to their futures,” says Suzanne Rose, C’77, GEd’78, Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education at the Perelman School of Medicine. “And we are grateful to the donors who make it possible for our students to become leaders in patient care, science, business, advocacy, and whatever else they wish to pursue.”
The Perelman School offers a range of financial aid opportunities, including the 21st Century Scholarship Fund and the Walter and Anne Gamble Scholarship as well as support drawn from annual giving donations. This aid can make all the difference for a student choosing their course of study.
“Getting this scholarship enabled me to attend my top-choice school without cost factoring into the decision,” says Mallika Marar, C’14, M’19, WG’19. “The financial help also gave me the flexibility to pursue a joint M.B.A. degree. It made my experience truly unlimited.”
For Californians Isabella Guajardo, M’19, and Nicolas Seranio, Gr’19, M’19, scholarships made the decision to cross the country much easier.
“Many people can’t go to medical school without accumulating a lot of debt,” Guajardo says. “Thanks to scholarship support, I was able to take advantage of opportunities I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.”
Seranio—who lost a grandfather to prostate cancer—learned that he was matched to a urology program, where he aims to study how health care disparities impact Black men. Through The Power of Penn Medicine Campaign, the Perelman School seeks to raise $50 million to help scholars like Seranio follow their passions rather than a paycheck.
“We all hope to make an impact as doctors, and this is an area that matters a lot to me,” Seranio says. “Having Penn as a launchpad means I can make decisions according to my values, not because I am worrying about paying off loans.”