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Category: Fundraising

The Lucky Seven Foundation’s gifts provide students the opportunity to improve rural and underserved communities

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine received a gift over $1 million dollars from the Lucky Seven Foundation that will help students over the next four years continue to serve rural and underserved communities as primary and family medicine physicians.

WSU Elson S. Floyd students on campus; medical students

With this grant, funds from the Lucky Seven Foundation will award $20,000 scholarships to three students in various cohorts each year.

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Serving the Cougar community from the ground up

Dupree Building Specialties and its leadership have longstanding relationships with Washington State UDuniversity as well as Spokane’s University District. Their connections to the University inspired the Dupree Building Specialties Endowed Scholarship.


Dupree Building Specialties Endowed Scholarship


Established by Mike Leslie, David Barber, Chris Leslie and Reece Ham, the Dupree scholarship supports a WSU undergraduate and their future with the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

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Unique medical school paths provides opportunity to give back

Everybody’s medical school path is unique.

The paths taken by Larry Anderson and his wife Svetislava Vukelja—she goes by Sasha—and their hope for Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine students led them to establish the Dr. Lawrence L. Anderson and Dr. Svetislava Vukelja Endowed Scholarship for Medical Students.

“We just know how big of a challenge it is to finance medical education today,” Larry said. “It was a challenge thirty years ago when we went through it. This is an opportunity to give back.”

The son of a minister and an elementary school teacher, Larry grew up in Vancouver, Wash., and graduated from Washington State … » More …

Native American scholarship reaches endowment level

A scholarship for Native American students in Washington State University’s Speech and Hearing Sciences program has reached the endowment level and will create a lasting legacy for its namesake — the late J. Richard Franks, Ph.D., a former professor and leader in the department.

Franks saw that Native Americans were vastly under-represented in the field and took action to change that. He secured U.S. Department of Education funding in the 1980s which established the foundation for WSU’s Native American professional preparation program in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Over a 25-year period, Franks was actively involved in the department’s efforts to recruit and … » More …

Creating opportunities for the charter class

Fritz and Julie (Twohy) Clarke have longstanding relationships with Washington State University and Spokane’s University District. Their connections inspired them to create a scholarship fund that supports the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine charter class.

The Clarkes’ generous donation helps underwrite the cost of medical school for incoming students. The average U.S. medical school graduate incurs debt approaching $170,000 before even beginning a career, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

By relieving student debt, the Owen F. and Julia K. Clarke, Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship in Medicine will play a critical role in supporting recruitment of the most qualified and compassionate students … » More …