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Society of Alumni and Friends offers funding, incentives for innovative students


(ATHENS, Ohio—Dec. 19, 2013) The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Society of Alumni and Friends has recently opened up new avenues for student organizations and individuals to receive funding for creative projects and ideas.


The Student-Alumni Society Funding provides up to $1,000 to help students implement innovative programs and ideas that provide value to both the college and the osteopathic medical community. There will be a total of $5,000 available each year.


Through the Class Gift Fund, the alumni society also will match funds raised by the second-year class to purchase their white coats before beginning third-year rotations. These matching funds will be used as seed money for a class gift—a new commencement tradition.


Funding to Host a Grad provides an incentive for student clubs and organizations to invite graduates to return to campus and speak to students. The alumni society will match up to $200 in expenses per club each year to assist in putting together excellent programs featuring alumni visitors.


Applications are available for download from the Medical Development & Alumni Affairs website at Students may also pick up a copy in Parks Hall 113 or contact Laurie Lach, director of alumni affairs, at for an electronic application.


In previous years, the Society of Alumni and Friends has partnered with the Jason Madachy Foundation to divide the cost of providing Littman Cardiology III stethoscopes to each incoming class. The alumni society is committed to continuing this tradition.


Starting with the class of 2018, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and the Jason Madachy Foundation will partner with the alumni society to provide stethoscopes to both extension campuses. All Athens-based students’ stethoscopes will be provided by the Society of Alumni and Friends.


The alumni society is inviting all Heritage College graduates to give the gift of a stethoscope, along with a personal note to the recipient of each stethoscope they fund.


“The new areas of funding are intended to show current students that there is an active and engaged alumni society that wants to be instrumental in their medical education, as well as to promote a culture of goodwill within the Heritage College,” Lach said.

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