A Second Transformative Gift of a Year’s Tuition for TCU School of Medicine’s Class of 2024

Anonymous Family Funds Tuition for the 2022-23 Academic Year for 60 Medical Students.

By Prescotte Stokes III

Photo Credit: Glen Ellman

FORT WORTH – An anonymous family has provided a generous gift to the Class of 2024 medical students at the TCU School of Medicine in Fort Worth. The family will fund full tuition for the 2022-23 academic year for the entire class of 60 students at the School of Medicine.

“This gift is meaningful beyond words. For the students in this class, it is truly powerful and will have a profound effect on their future,” said Founding Dean Stuart D. Flynn, M.D. “I am honored and humbled by this tremendous gift to our students that will have a momentous impact on their lives and those they serve in the community.”

This second class of students, who started medical school in July 2020, had their second year of medical school tuition (2021-22) supported in full by an anonymous couple in 2021. This new visionary scholarship gift, announced during an in-person session on Thursday, June 16, will pay for the cohort’s third year of tuition. This gift also supports Lead On: A Campaign for TCU, the university’s most ambitious philanthropic campaign in its nearly 150-year history.

This family has provided several previous gifts to the School of Medicine, supporting partial scholarships and stipends for student research for students in all four classes, including the incoming Class of 2026.

“I am grateful for the phenomenal generosity of this donor family,” said Texas Christian University Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. “Our students will finish medical school and go on to serve thousands of patients throughout their lives, in our community and well beyond. This gift allows them to focus on becoming the best possible physicians and Empathetic Scholars®.”

The inaugural class of students, who began medical school in July 2019, received a generous gift from Paul Dorman to fund their first year. They will graduate in May 2023.

Scholarships are a top fundraising priority for the School of Medicine.  With the incoming class, enrollment will reach 240 this fall, making the need ever greater.

“It feels like the community, the City of Fort Worth and the area really believes in us as students and believes in the program here at TCU and that’s huge,” said Thomas Redman, a second-year medical student at TCU School of Medicine.

The average medical school student graduates with more than $250,000 in loan debt. This can significantly influence their choice in which area of medicine they would like to pursue through their residency. It also weighs heavily on a student who has already attended approximately 20 years of schooling.

“When I got into medical school, my parents were so worried about the financial aspect. But I had to pursue my passion and I’m so grateful. I called my parents and they were so happy,” said Hanna Makk, a second-year medical student at TCU School of Medicine. “It frees me to be able to pursue whatever specialty I want and to be able to serve the underserved.”

About the TCU School of Medicine

The TCU School of Medicine, Fort Worth’s M.D. school, opened with a class of 60 students in July 2019. The new allopathic medical school was formed in 2015. The School of Medicine’s focus on communication, a first-of-its-kind curriculum and the development of Empathetic Scholars® uniquely positions the organization to radically transform medical education, improving care for future generations. To make this new school possible, the greater North Texas community stepped up to help, providing philanthropic support. The school’s current Founding Donors include Alcon, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Anita and Kelly Cox, Baylor Scott & White, The Burnett Foundation, Cook Children’s, Texas Health Resources, Mr. H. Paul Dorman, Mr. Arnold and Mrs. Harriette Gachman, Dr. John and Mrs. Priscilla Geesbreght, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Rebecca and Jon Brumley, The Morris Foundation, Martha Sue Parr Trust, Tartaglino Richards Family Foundation, and Thomas M., Helen McKee, John P. Ryan Foundation and several Anonymous Donors.

About Lead On: A Campaign for TCU

In October 2019, TCU launched the community phase of Lead On: A Campaign for TCU. The $1 billion goal of this campaign will strengthen TCU’s people, programs and endowment. To date, more than 51,000 donors have contributed over $831 million. For more information, please visit the Lead On: A Campaign for TCU website.

Media Contact: Prescotte Stokes III,  p.stokes@tcu.edu

TCU School of Medicine, Integrated Content & Marketing Manager