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Funding expands for John A. Brose, D.O., Primary Care Endowed Scholarship

Established by the historic April 2011 gift from Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, the John A. Brose, D.O., Primary Care Scholarship is gathering strength thanks to a number of donors who have contributed more than $95,000 to the recently endowed fund that will support the scholarship in perpetuity.

With the help of alumni and friends, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) will be able to support an outstanding medical student in honor of the former dean of the medical school, who is moving on to his new role as Ohio University’s vice provost for health affairs and special assistant to the executive vice president and provost.

Along with numerous individual donors, the OU-HCOM Society of Alumni and Friends supported the endowment with $50,000.

“With Jack moving on to a new role in his career, it is an ideal time to honor his legacy of leadership in the osteopathic profession and at Ohio University,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stanley, a 1982 OU-HCOM graduate and president of OU-HCOM’s Society of Alumni and Friends. “The Heritage College is poised to lead the nation in the preparation of primary care physicians, and it is our hope that this gift will inspire others to support outstanding medical students who want to choose a career in primary care.”

Gifts made to the scholarship not only honor Dr. Brose’s career and a legacy of service; gifts also help to ensure support for the next generation of leaders in primary care.

“Experts are predicting that there could be a national shortage of more than 120,000 physicians by the year 2025, and urban and rural areas across the country already are experiencing severe shortages,” said Sharon Zimmerman, executive director of constituent relations for health services. “An investment in student scholarships is truly an investment in the future of our region.”

“OU-HCOM’s goal of a $750,000 endowment for the fund would support an annual award of $30,000,” said Zimmerman. “Endowments generate revenue year after year, providing stability to the University and permanent support for students, teaching and research. This scholarship will provide significant funding to a future student committed to pursuing primary care in Ohio.”

The gift is part of Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, an effort to raise $450 million in support of students, faculty, facilities, outreach and the student experience by June 30, 2015. As of July 31, the University has raised more than $406 million toward this goal.

To make a gift to OU-HCOM online using your credit or debit card, please visit and write “Brose Scholarship” in the designation field. To mail a gift, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation and write “Brose Scholarship” in the memo line. The mailing address is: The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701-0869.

If you prefer to make your gift over the phone, have questions about giving to The Heritage College, or would like to discuss other giving opportunities, please contact Sharon Zimmerman at or by calling 740-593-2176.