Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) has received a $50,000
grant from The Hearst Foundation for establishment of The William Randolph
Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund.
The grant will help fund student scholarships. Eventually it will be put
toward funding six full-tuition awards, one each for the College of
Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), the College of Pharmacy, the
College of Veterinary Medicine, and the College of Graduate Nursing, as
well as WesternU’s Master of Physical Therapy and Primary Care Physician
Assistant programs in the College of Allied Health Professions.
Tuition for programs at WesternU ranged from $12,500 to $23,570 for the
1998-’99 academic year.
“”We’re very pleased to be recognized for the work we’re doing by an
organization with such a strong national reputation,”” said WesternU
President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. “”We look forward to continuing our
relationship with The Hearst Foundation for many years to come.””
The Hearst Foundation funds approximately 700 endowments nationally, and
selected WesternU as a grant recipient because of the University’s
dedication to educating primary care health professionals.
“”We’re concerned about the shortages of nurses and doctors, and we felt
WesternU was handling the situation well with the enrollment of 1,300
students,”” said Thomas Eastham, vice president and western director for
The Hearst Foundation.
The organization was founded in 1945 by publisher and philanthropist
William Randolph Hearst. The charitable priorities of the foundation
include education, health, human services and culture.
WesternU will select the scholarship award recipients based on academic
performance and financial need. Applicants must also express a strong
desire to practice primary health care in rural, urban or medically