UCF plans scholarships for entire med school class
In what appears to be a national first, the University of Central Florida's fledgling medical school plans to give full four-year scholarships to the inaugural class of 40 students, who are expected to begin classes in fall 2009.
Two area business leaders, whose identities will be revealed during a press conference Tuesday, have already donated money toward the $6.4-million effort and will help UCF administrators raise more in the months to come.
The idea comes from Dean Deborah German, who would like to eventually raise enough to pay the costs for future classes as well, according to UCF spokeswoman Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala.
Figures published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) show that in 2006, medical school graduates had an average student debt of more than $120,000, while nearly 50 percent had student debt of more than $150,000.
- Shannon Colavecchio-Van Sickler, higher education reporter