RC Miami Recognized by UM School of Medicine for Millions of Dollars in Scholarships

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At the TBM Trust reception at Northern Trust Bank:  Diane Landsberg, President elect of the Rotary Club of Miami, Norm Kassoff, Past President and Coordinator of the TBM Trust and member Susan Shelley

At a recent reception hosted by Northern Trust Bank, the Rotary Club of Miami was recognized by Dean Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D. of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for the scholarships given to hundreds of UM medical school students over the past 30 years. The downtown Miami Rotary Club, founded in 1917, is thetrustee of the Thomas Brown McClelland Trust (TBM), which has distributed more than $6 million in scholarships to more than 600 students.

“Medical school is a costly endeavor for anyone,” Dr. Goldschmidt said. “The Rotary Club of Miami and the TBM Trust have helped hundreds of young adults to pursue their dream of becoming a medical doctor.”

While the scholarships provide financial support to any Miami-Dade County high school graduate who attends an American Medical Association-certified medical school, 40 percent of recipients go to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, making TBM the largest private provider of scholarships to UM medical students, according to Scott Richey, vice president at Northern Trust Bank and the 2013-14 President of the Rotary Club Miami.

“These dollars really have a positive and wide-ranging impact on medical students who will go on to serve communities across the globe and improve the lives of countless individuals,” Richey said. The Rotary Club of Miami holds TBM interviews every March and announces recipients in May.

In the audience to hear Dr. Goldschmidt’s remarks were previous recipients of TBM scholarships as well as Rotarians, Northern Trust Bank representatives and guests. Dr. Goldschmidt also mentioned other significant contributions made by the Rotary Club of Miami to local medical institutions including the establishment of the UM Bone and Tissue Bank, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Dade County Medical Examiner’s office.

The TBM Trust was established in 1981 through the generosity of Miami Rotarian Thomas Brown McClelland. His will stipulated that the Trust provide scholarships to medical students. The Rotary Club of Miami has been supporting health-related organizations since its inception nearly a century ago. The club’s first President was Dr. James Jackson, namesake of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Other notable presidents in the club’s early years were Frank Stoneman, Roddy Burdine and Frank Shutts.

For additional information, please contact Cory Gittner at  (305) 757-4900, cory@mediatechmiami.com.

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