University of Louisville Magazine

FALL 2013

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SCHO OL OF MEDI CI NE RURAL SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING HELPS MEDICAL STUDENT PAY IT FORWARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC TUNED FOR SUCCESS Jessica Wood, 11A, doesn't need a book or movie to understand the concept of "paying it forward"; she lives it. The medical student has received the Dean's Rural Scholarship each of her three years at UofL, funded by several endowments: the Dr. Irvin Allen Scholarship Fund, the Wade and Owen Scholarship Fund and the John J. Moren and Selman Franzman Scholarship Fund. Jessica is now in UofL's Trover Rural Track in Madisonville, Ky., that allows students to complete their third- and fourth-year clinical rotations in a rural setting. Raised in Whitley County, Ky., she plans to practice family medicine in another rural area, either in southeastern or eastern Kentucky, after graduation. "I like the impact you make because rural areas are in desperate need of physicians," she said. "In a rural area, physicians have a chance to be part of the community. Plus if you are from the region, you understand the dynamics and ft back in. When you grow up in a small town, your heart fts in a small town." The funding she receives from her scholarships is a blessing, she said. "As medical students, we are delaying our income-producing years to complete our education and training, so it's encouraging that someone says it is worthwhile and that they want to invest in you." Investing into rural Kentucky families is what drives Jessica. "I like family medicine because when you serve the whole family, you serve the whole community. That's what I want to do." VISION | Our mission is to be a vital component in UofL's quest to become a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university; to excel in the education of physicians and scientists for careers in teaching, research, patient care, and community service; and to bring the fundamental discoveries of our basic and clinical scientists to the bedside. 54|LOUISVILLE.EDU Aspiring music students have the opportunity to learn from some of the world's most acclaimed international artists. Thanks to the support from friends such as Ruth Atkins, 82N, and Luis Prada, classical artists come to campus not only to perform, but also to work directly with music students in master classes. "Outstanding artists from around the world are important mentors for our students who help them achieve their maximum potential and also provide an opportunity for our community to enjoy a rich musical experience," said Christopher Doane, music dean. "We can do so thanks to our friends." Atkins and Prada recently returned from the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held only once every four years in Fort Worth, Texas. Moved by 20-yearold Beatrice Rana's silver medal and Audience Award performance, they helped set the stage to bring her to UofL for an Oct. 29, 8 p.m. concert. Music students will attend a master class with Rana on Oct. 30. A long-time music lover, Prada credits hearing world-class artists in Comstock Concert Hall with inspiring him and Atkins to become donors. "We were impressed not only by the high caliber of the music in a great hall for acoustics, but that it was free," Prada said of the concerts they attended. "Louisville has a treasure in the School of Music and we wanted to support it." VISION | We are committed to becoming a preeminent school of music in the Midwest and the first choice for music students in Kentucky. The school competes vigorously with universities across Kentucky for the best-prepared student musicians.

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