$2.8 Million in Gifts Offered to 4-H and FFA Students who Study Medicine

By Connie Burcham

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU- CHS) today announced $2.8 million in combined gifts for medical school scholarships to benefit rural Oklahoma high school students participating in FFA and 4-H. OSU-CHS was the beneficiary of two significant gifts, $1 million from the Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Charitable Trust, and $1.8 million from the estate of Audrey M. Hendershot.

“OSU-CHS is committed to combating the growing physician shortage in rural Oklahoma by creating and growing a strong pipeline of new doctors eager to bring their skills back to their hometowns upon completion of their medical education,” said Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSUCHS president, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine dean. “Our Blue Coat to White Coat program, in cooperation with FFA chapters all over the state, encourages some of Oklahoma’s brightest rural students to pursue a career in medicine. The success of the Blue Coat to White Coat program has inspired us to forge a new partnership with the state’s 4-H programs.”


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