Donor News: Alumni Share Memories at Great People Scholars Reception
When the Great People Scholarship Fund was launched in 2008, Dennis Maki, MD '67, and his wife, Gail, were among the first faculty and staff leaders to participate in this program, which was established to increase need-based financial aid for qualified students.
Recently, the Makis hosted a reception to introduce the first two Great People Scholars attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and provide an update on the program's success and the importance of continued support.
The event, held last October, gave Maki the opportunity to recognize Benton Taylor, MD, who had recently established the Dr. Benton and Mary Taylor Great People Scholarship.
A 50 percent match from both the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association and the UW Foundation doubled Taylor's gift.
Taylor, who completed his internal medicine residency at UW Hospital and Clinics, worked at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and was a professor in the School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Medicine for nearly 30 years.
"I felt it was important to help support medical students, who are paying so much for their education these days," he says.
He recalls paying only $125 each trimester when he was in medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.
Taylor also wanted to honor the memory of his wife, Mary, a revered Madison nurse for 43 years.
School of Medicine and Public Health alumni, current and former faculty and Department of Medicine residents shared advice with first-year medical students Phil Miles and Heather Nennig, the latest Great People Scholarship recipients.
"I was incredibly honored to meet all the physicians - including Dr. Taylor - who support medical education for talented students from less privileged backgrounds," says Nennig, who aspires to become a primary care physician for an underserved community.
UW-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward and School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, MD, spoke about the importance of private support - and support of students in particular.
By Merry Anderson
This article appears in the winter 2012 issue of Quarterly.
Date Published: 03/02/2012