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Alleviating Med Students’ Debt
May 25, 2010, Volume 56, No. 34



Dr. Walter J. Gamble, M’57, and his wife, Anne, have recently pledged to create 12 full scholarships—enabling the School of Medicine to provide critical financial aid. They have been committed to providing scholarships to Penn Med students for the past 20 years; initially they gave anonymously, but came forward in 1996 when the first six Gamble scholars graduated. They established the program so that the students would have the freedom to pursue the medical careers of their choice without being constrained by financial concerns. They went public at that time to inspire others to create similar scholarships.

In 2007, Dr. Gamble’s 50th reunion year, the Scholars launched the Walter and Anne Gamble Scholarship Fund to continue the tradition.

At the recent Medical Alumni Weekend, Penn Medicine honored the Gambles for their extraordinary philanthropy. Dr. Arthur Rubenstein presented the Gambles with commemorative prints of Penn’s historic John Morgan Building. The dean said, “It is thanks to the Gambles, and the donors they have inspired, that Penn Medicine is well positioned to continue attracting the most promising young minds. Not only have Walter and Anne given our talented students the freedom to make a true impact on medicine, but they have also made them feel like a special part of the Penn Medicine family.”

Dr. Gamble has been a pediatric cardiologist and taught at Harvard Medical School.



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